courses & workshops

Gamelan Monday Beginner Course - Summer 2019

Part of Gamelan

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

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 David McKenny, this 10-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 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 Mondays? We also offer beginner courses on Wednesdays. Both the Monday and Wednesday Beginner Gamelan Courses provide a solid foundation to the more advanced Thursday-evening gamelan courses.

Dates & times

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Royal Festival Hall
Gamelan Room, Level 1


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 18+.

Dates & times
Mondays 7pm – 9pm on the following dates:
May: 13, 20
June: 3, 10, 17, 24
July: 1, 8, 15, 22

£100 for one term or £270 for Autumn, Spring & Summer Terms purchased in advance.

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.