courses & workshops

Gamelan Wednesday Beginner Course - Autumn 2019

Part of Gamelan

Try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra with this beginners' course.

Be mesmerised by the sonorous gong chimes, metallophones and drums of the gamelan orchestra and be a part of the ever-expanding UK gamelan community.

Tutored by Malcolm Milner, this ten-week course is designed for complete novices as well as those with some prior experience of playing gamelan. It gives participants an introduction to the ‘loud style’ instruments and vocal techniques of the gamelan, the compositional forms and musical concepts used in Indonesia and it builds strong foundations for ensemble music-making.

Playing the gamelan is both a rewarding musical and social activity. Classes can inspire self-confidence, improve coordination and listening skills and encourage team-building.

New players are welcome every term. No previous musical experience is necessary, just a willingness to sit on the floor, take off your shoes and have fun. Chairs can be provided for those less comfortable on the floor.

Not available on Wednesdays? We also offer beginner courses on Mondays. Both the Monday and Wednesday Beginner Gamelan Courses provide a solid foundation to the more advanced Thursday-evening gamelan courses.

In 1987, Southbank Centre was 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 the UK as a gesture of friendship.

As is the case with many important gamelan ensembles, ours was named: 'Kyai Lebdha Jiwa' or 'The Venerable Spirit of Perfection'.

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Royal Festival Hall
Gamelan Room, Level 1


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 18+.

£100 for one ten-week course term or £270 for autumn, spring and summer terms purchased in advance.

A limited number of bursary places are available for patrons who otherwise would not be able to access our programme due to financial reasons. To apply for a bursary place, please send an email with the relevant details to Please note we evaluate and confirm bursaries three weeks before an event.

Access information
For visitors with prams, buggies and wheelchairs, or requiring step-free access to Gamelan Room, please go to the Welcome Desk, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall, where our Visitor Experience Team are happy to assist you.