Gloucestershire Community Gamelan 

In partnership with Cheltenham Festivals

Please note, our Gamelan classes are not able to take place at the moment due to COVID restrictions.

7pm Tuesdays

at Gloucestershire Academy of Music.


If you would like to come along to a taster session, please 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.

In addition to the community gamelan players and schools workshops, we offer sessions for bespoke team-building opportunities for businesses, or even a birthday party!

For all other enquiries relating to the gamelan please email