Gamelan for schools

Feedback from our schools

We offer one-off gamelan workshops at Barbican House in Gloucester (see photos).

Some state schools will be entitled to a subsidised workshop and travel subsidy.

All workshops are fully accessible and suitable for pupils in KS2 (especially Y6 post SATs); Y7 and perhaps as a one-off for 6th form music. We also warmly invite SEND classes to book a session with us.

To make a booking for a school workshop, please email Rob Jones

If you are an adult interested in playing the gamelan, contact

What is a gamelan?

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. 

The Gloucestershire gamelan belongs to Cheltenham Music Festivals and moved to Barbican House in 2016. It was made in Indonesia and the intricate designs are based on the neo-classical design of Pitville Pump Rooms.

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, 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.