Playing Gamelan

Read about how some of our players started playing gamelan, what it’s like being part of the ensemble and playing the music – and why we like it so much!

"It’s both relaxing and very challenging. Some pieces are hypnotic but others really test your focus and ability. Some are both."
Geno Naughton
Archaeology student, guitarist
" truly is a social experience, very different from learning a solo instrument, or playing in a symphony orchestra where one person is up there waving a wand and ordering you about."
David Hughes
Lecturer at SOAS (retired); Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Music, Durham
"For me it makes the learning process more enjoyable - feeling inspired to learn rather than pressured to improve."
Self-employed musician and jewellery maker