Gamelan schools programme

Our Gamelan Programme continues to provide many opportunities to learn about and play these amazing Javanese percussion instruments.

In 1987 we were privileged to receive a beautiful Javanese percussion orchestra called gamelan. This was a remarkable gift from the Government of the Republic of Indonesia to the people of Great Britain, as a gesture of friendship. 

Founded by composer Alec Roth, the Southbank Centre Gamelan Programme has since reached out to thousands of people and provided many opportunities to learn about and play these amazing instruments. The programme is facilitated by a core group of expert tutors – many of whom have studied in Indonesia – and offers something for everyone, from family and school workshops to classes for individuals. 

Get involved

Southbank Centre’s Gamelan Programme offers something to suit everybody: from family, school and group workshops to regular classes and performances. No previous musical experience is necessary to play the gamelan and enjoy its wonderful sounds.

Gamelan is both a rewarding musical and social activity. Playing the gamelan can inspire self-confidence, improve coordination and listening skills, encourage team-building and be a great opportunity to try something new or develop your playing skills in a relaxed and friendly environment.



Participatory workshops for schools and groups 2016/2017

These introductory gamelan workshops are available to groups of up to 20 participants. 

Each two-hour session explores traditional Javanese repertoire but can be tailored to your specific needs to include composition and performing with an expert tutor. A range of special needs can also be accommodated. These sessions are great for primary and secondary schools (particularly KS3 & KS4), colleges and universities.

Alternatively, why not bring your family for a workshop to celebrate a birthday or special occasion? No previous musical experience is necessary, just a willingness to take off your shoes and have fun!

Available sessions

Tuesdays (2pm), Wednesdays (10.30am) and Thursdays (10.30am & 2pm)

  • Autumn 2016 Wednesday 14 September – Thursday 15 December 2016 
  • Spring 2017 Tuesday 10 January – Thursday 30 March 2017
  • Summer 2016 Tuesday 18 April – Thursday 20 July 2017

Workshops can be arranged on other dates and times subject to tutor availability. 

book a workshop

Cost: £195 per group + £2.75 transaction fee.
Tel: 020 7960 4225
Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 5.30pm

*Please note, these workshops are not available to book online.

tell me more

If you want to find out more information about gamelan at Southbank Centre, get in touch.
Tel: 020 7921 0767

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