Javanese Gamelan Workshop for 10+

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What: a Javanese gamelan workshop

When: Monday 26 June 2017, 10:30 – 12:30

Where: Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire RG45 7PU
(Satellite navigation – please enter postcode RG45 6DY)

Who: children age 10+. Parents are welcome to sign up, pay up and join in fully alongside their child/ren. However, non-participating parents and younger siblings will not be able to stay in the room. Also, please note that there is no waiting area on the premises.

Cost:  £10 per person.

About the workshop: The workshops will be led by Nikhil Dally. To learn more about him and about gamelan, please look at this webpage:

How to book:

Before you book please read the following notes:


Learning to play the gamelan is essentially a hands-on experience. Javanese music is designed to be learnt aurally and in the context of an ensemble. Thus there is very little musical preparation that you can or should do prior to your first gamelan class. What is most important is that you (both children and adults) should come with open minds, eager to work very hard with and alongside each other, to listen, to concentrate, and to sing (an essential part of the learning process).

To help you do this, it is important to be prepared to show


The Javanese treat their musical instruments with immense respect, behaving towards them as they would other people. Consequently,

(1) We always take our shoes off before entering the gamelan space. (The Javanese always remove their shoes when entering someone’s home.)

(2) We NEVER EVER step over an instrument. (To step over a person is considered very rude in Java.)

(3) We always play the gamelan sitting on the floor, cross-legged or kneeling, if at all possible. (The Javanese will never place themselves higher than a person they respect.)

(4) We behave with dignity in the presence of the gamelan. We do not run, or scream, or slouch, or lie down.

If you’re happy with the above and would like to book please make a payment of £10 per participant by either PayPal to or bank transfer to account number 72056968, sort code 30-99-80. If using PayPal make sure you choose the ‘Family and Friends’ option to avoid transaction fees.

Follow your payment with an email to providing names and ages of all participants. You will receive an email from us confirming your payment and place. There are limited places, and in order to confirm your place I must receive your payment by Tuesday 23 May 2017.

Payments are non-refundable.

Any questions please ask.



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