courses & workshops

Gamelan Taster Workshop

Part of Gamelan

Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra and its playing techniques.

Composers as varied as Claude Debussy, Olivier Messiaen, Steve Reich and Björk have taken inspiration from gamelan music, and now you can learn to play this beautiful instrument too.

Regarded as one instrument but played by many people, the gamelan generates rich, sonorous and mesmerising sounds.
Playing the gamelan is a rewarding musical and social experience, inspiring self-confidence, improving coordination, sharpening listening skills and encouraging interaction and team-building.

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 able to sit on the floor and wheelchairs 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

14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
Approximate run time: 120 mins
Run times may vary, find out more
  • September 2019

  • November 2019

  • December 2019

  • January 2020

  • February 2020

  • March 2020

  • April 2020

  • May 2020

  • June 2020

  • July 2020


Royal Festival Hall
Gamelan Room, Level 1


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 18+.

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.