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Gamelan School & Group Workshops - Spring 2020

Part of Schools

Get a group together to have a go at playing the beautiful Javanese gamelan (percussion orchestra from Indonesia).

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.

These sessions are great for primary and secondary schools (particularly KS3 & KS4), 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'.

Dates & times

16 Jan 2020 - 24 Mar 2020
Approximate run time: 120 mins
Run times may vary, find out more
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  • January 2020

    • Thu 16 January 2020
      • 10:30 am
    • Tue 21 January 2020
      • 2:00 pm
    • Tue 28 January 2020
      • 2:00 pm
    • Thu 30 January 2020
      • 10:30 am
      • 2:00 pm
  • February 2020

    • Thu 6 February 2020
      • 2:00 pm
    • Wed 12 February 2020
      • 10:30 am
    • Thu 13 February 2020
      • 10:30 am
      • 2:00 pm
    • Thu 27 February 2020
      • 10:30 am
  • March 2020

    • Tue 10 March 2020
      • 2:00 pm
    • Wed 18 March 2020
      • 10:30 am
    • Thu 19 March 2020
      • 2:00 pm
    • Tue 24 March 2020
      • 2:00 pm

where

Royal Festival Hall
Gamelan Room, Level 1

Pricing

£125 state schools, £250 fee-paying schools
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

Concessions

£105 + VAT
Find out more about our Concessions policy

need to know

Age recommendation
For ages 6+.

Ticketing
£105 + VAT for state schools
£210 + VAT for fee-paying schools
+ £3.50 transaction fee.

Workshops for state schools are generously supported by the Southbank Centre Supporters Circle.

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).

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.