courses & workshops
family & young people

Family Gamelan Taster Session

Part of Gamelan

Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra.

Artists 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.

Regarded as one instrument but played by many people, the gamelan comprises gongs, metallophones and drums and 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. Each workshop lasts for two hours.

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

29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Approximate run time: 120 mins
Run times may vary, find out more
  • May 2019

    • Tue 28 May 2019
      • 11:00 am
        sold out
    • Wed 29 May 2019
    • Thu 30 May 2019
      • 11:00 am
        sold out
  • June 2019

  • July 2019


Royal Festival Hall
Gamelan Room, Level 1


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 6+.

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.

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