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Come & Play: York's Gamelan Gongs (Sat 26 January 2019)


Gamelan music, which comes from Indonesia and is now popular across the globe, is played on a stunning array of handcrafted bronze gongs and chimes. York is home to one of the UK's oldest gamelan sets, named Gamelan Sekar Petak (white flower) in honour of the city's white rose symbol. York residents will have a fantastic opportunity to play these amazing instruments at the next Resident's Weekend in 2019, which says thank you to York locals for their warm welcome they give visitors every year. 

The gamelan is a wonderfully accessible instrument and has regularly been a feature of the NCEM's learning programme, as it can teach young people and adults alike about interesting cultural aspects of the music and high quality ensemble making skills, without any need for a formal music education background behind them. In fact it's probably much easier for those who don't have a musical background to pick this instrument up, as it hosts two different tuning systems in contrast to those we might hear in the Western Classical music world!

This workshop is set to be a fantastic event, in the safe hands of experienced educator and community musician, Emily Crossland, who focuses on inclusive and facilitative approaches to music-making. She spent eight years looking after the Learning and Participation programme here at the National Centre for Early Music and, as a freelancer, has delivered projects for clients including, Halle, National Concert Hall Dublin, Jessie's Fund, Castaway Accessible Music Theatre and Converge York. As well as directing the University of York's Gamelan programme, she is also currently leading on Yorkshire-based youth gamelan programme The Sound of Bronze, funded by the National Foundation for Youth Music. 

Event info

26th January 2019

11am-12.30pm - suitable for young people aged 7+ (accompanied by adults)

2-3.30pm - suitable for adults

Click  here  to book your tickets! 

 No prior experience is necessary. 

Have a look at this video clip of the COOLture Conversations project that was part of the Music4U programme in 2017, directed by Emily, to see what you might expect from the gamelan: