Gamelan for Adults
The Gamelan instruments look and sound wonderful and playing them is a unique and special experience.
About Gamelan for Adults
The Gloucestershire Gamelan is housed at Barbican House. Made in Indonesia, a gamelan is an ensemble of gongs, metallophones and drums of various shapes and sizes mounted on beautifully carved and painted wooden frames. The instruments look and sound wonderful and playing them is a unique and special experience.
The Gloucestershire gamelan belongs to Cheltenham Festivals. It moved to Barbican House in 2016 having been previously housed in Pittvill Pump Rooms in Cheltenham. It was specially made for this location and the intricate designs are based on neo-classical design.
A gamelan workshop is a great introduction to music-making, whatever your level of musical ability. The straightforward playing technique makes these instruments instantly accessible. 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.
In addition to the weekly community gamelan group, we offer school workshops and one-off sessions for adults. Perhaps you'd be interested in booking a session as a fun evening with a group of friends, or as a bespoke team-building event for your business, or even a birthday party treat.
Book a free taster session with the Community Gamelan group or a bespoke gamelan event with friends or colleagues through firstname.lastname@example.org
Our adult community group will resume in September 2021. Run in collaboration with Cheltenham Festivals, we will be holding regular half-day sessions at Barbican House on the fourth Sunday of each month between 2pm and 5pm.
New members are welcome to this friendly, inclusive group. No previous skills or experience are necessary as gamelan playing is very democratic. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced player, your contribution will add an important element to the texture.
Our leader, Pete Smith, is one of the leading gamelan players in the UK, working with other groups in Oxford and Bristol.
We sometimes perform at special events such as the Cheltenham Festivals.
To find out more or book a free taster session, contact Kirsty@glosacadmusic.org.