I Can Play


The National Centre for Early Music's I Can Play! programme is designed to share music-making opportunities for D/deaf children. This project builds on a long-term programme of research and development activity, investigating the levels of provision and barriers to making music for deaf children and young people in York, the East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull which was initially resourced through the NCEM’s Music4U programme.

I Can Play Gamelan!

Come and explore the beautiful bronze gongs of Gamelan Sekar Petak!

The National Centre for Early Music, Sound of Bronze, Lollipop, and Music and the Deaf are working together to present an exciting opportunity for children and young people with any degree of deafness to explore Gamelan: a kind of music from Indonesia, played on beautiful bronze percussion instruments, by a team of people working together.

You are invited to meet and explore the instruments of York's very own Gamelan set (called 'Sekar Petak' or 'White Flower' in honour of the Yorkshire Rose).

Come and learn about Gamelan, play these special instruments, join in musical games and activities, and have some fun with friends!

Tickets are free of charge and open to D/deaf children, their siblings and Children of D/deaf Adults (CODAs).

I Can Play Gamelan!

Date: Sunday 13th March 2022
Time: 10:00-12:00: 4-10 year olds (this session is also open to those under the age of 4, provided they are accompanied by an adult for the duration of the session)
13:30-15:30: 11-18 year olds
Location: The National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret’s Church, Percy’s Lane, York. YO1 9TL

Accessibility: There will be a BSL interpreter at this event. The venue is fully accessible to wheelchair users and welcomes registered assistance dogs.  READ MORE >

Places are limited, so book your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

With special thanks to the following organisations for financially supporting this event: The Linden Trust, The Norman Collinson Charitable Trust, The Patricia and Donald Shepherd Charitable Trust, the National Foundation for Youth Music, and the University of York.

Additional information for parents

Participants aged 0-7 must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the session (10.00-12.00)

We invite parents/carers to join us for a moment of sharing at the end of each session, so that the children and young people can showcase what they have been doing. For the first session, we encourage parents/carers to drop off their children (aged 8-10) at 10:00, before returning at 11.30am and departing at 12:00. For the second session, we encourage parents/carers to drop off their children (aged 11-18) at 13:30, before returning at 15:00 and departing at 15:30.

If your child enjoys the session and would like to attend more free music sessions, they will have the opportunity to sign-up to become an official member of I Can Play! York, and/or to join the Sound of Bronze Youth Gamelan.

If you have any questions, please contact jennifer.cohen@ncem.co.uk

I Can Play


I Can Play! York is a project that provides music-making opportunities for D/deaf children across the city.

It is a Youth Music funded project, run by the National Centre for Early Music in partnership with Music and the Deaf, Lollipop, the University of York, York Music Hub, and York Council's Deaf and Hearing Support Service. 

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