These sessions are great for primary and secondary schools (particularly KS3 & KS4), SEND groups, colleges and universities, family get-togethers and birthday celebrations.
No previous musical experience is necessary, just a willingness to take off your shoes and have fun. Playing gamelan can inspire self-confidence, improve coordination, encourage team-building, and enhance listening skills. A range of special needs can also be accommodated.
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'.
For ages 6+
£125 inclusive of VAT for state schools
£250 inclusive of VAT for fee-paying schools
+ £3.50 transaction fee.
Workshops for state schools are generously supported by the Southbank Centre Supporters Circle.
Our workshops are usually held during term times on:
Tuesdays (2pm), Wednesdays (10.30am) and Thursdays (10.30am & 2pm). However, workshops can be arranged on other dates and times, subject to tutor availability.
Please note: these workshops are not available to book online. To book, call our group ticket line on 020 7960 4225 (Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 5.30pm).
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.