Gamelan

Photography credit: Pete Riley

Gamelan

In partnership with Gloucestershire Academy of Music

Gamelan is the traditional music of Indonesia. An ensemble includes gongs, metallophones and drums of various shapes and sizes, which are mounted on beautifully carved and painted wooden frames. The instruments look and sound amazing, and playing them is a unique and special experience.

A Gamelan workshop is a great introduction to group music-making for children and adults of any age, whatever your level of musical ability. The straightforward playing technique makes these instruments instantly accessible, and everyone can learn to play because no previous knowledge or experience is required. Learning to play gamelan enriches many areas of music-making, and the emphasis on playing together as a group reinforces the importance of community over individual values.

Recently-secured funding is supporting a programme of subsidised workshops during the 2018 summer terms. Workshops are fully accessible and suitable for pupils in KS2 and above, including SEND. Any school from anywhere can book a workshop, but to qualify for the subsidised workshops (£30 per workshop) you must be a state school in Gloucestershire. Priority will be given to schools with high levels of pupil premium, and travel subsidies are also available.

In addition to workshops for schools, we can offer sessions for community groups, bespoke team-building opportunities for businesses, or even a birthday party for you and your friends!

To make a booking for a school workshop, complete this online booking form from Monday 12 March at 8am.

For all other enquiries, email education@cheltenhamfestivals.com or phone 01242 537267.

With thanks to our supporters and partners


The Sedbury Trust