SbGP with Plaid at Bela Bartok National Concert Hall, Budapest


Southbank Gamelan Players will be performing with Plaid once again as part of the CAFe Budapest (Contemporary Arts Festival).

Tickets are available here: CAFe Budapest site.

Charlotte - Plaid image

Photo by Julia Murphy

Building upon our recent performance at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t Ij in Amsterdam, we will present an evening of “Gamelantronics”.  The programme features Rubber Time, developed in collaboration with Plaid and Dr Rahayu Supanggah, alongside a range of compositions by members of the group: Eternity Bleeps, Charlotte Pugh and Charles Matthews, Augmented Gamelan, and Malcolm Milner.

A review and video relating to the Amsterdam performance can be found here:

Southbank Gamelan Players and Plaid, Amsterdam


Southbank Gamelan players continue their collaboration with Plaid at Muziekgebouw Amsterdam on the 22nd May, featuring development of the piece Rubber Time written with Dr Rahayu Supanggah in 2011.

Plaid featuring the South Bank Gamelan from Ben Dowden on Vimeo.


The programme also features new works for gamelan and electronics by members of the Southbank Gamelan Players, including Eternity Bleeps, Augmented Gamelan, Malcolm Milner, and a new collaboration by Charlotte Pugh and Charles Matthews.

Tickets and more information available here.

St Thomas’s Hospital

Members of Southbank Gamelan Players will be playing as a gadhon (chamber) ensemble on Monday 9 May for a lunchtime recital at St Thomas’ Hospital. This is part of a free series of lunchtime performances organised by Breathe Arts Health Research – a brilliant charity and scheme to bring music to hospitals to benefit patients, staff and visitors. The performance will take place in the Central Hall at 1pm.


David Byrne’s Meltdown: Gamelan Late & Live


Fri 21 Aug 10pm, Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Gamelan Players perform intricate Javanese classical repertoire, court dance, popular Indonesian songs and experimental music by UK composers.

See the full programme.

Highlights from this performance are now available on YouTube thanks to Junji Kawarazaki:

Cambridge Gamelan Group & members of Southbank Gamelan Players @ The King’s College Chapel

gamelan-piecesThe King’s College Chapel Cambridge 17th June 10pm

Hear the wonderfully rich and resonant tones of the Javanese gamelan – an orchestra of almost a hundred bronze gongs and metallophones from Indonesia which, in the wonderful acoustic of King’s College Chapel, is sure to sound mesmerising.

This is a diverse programme that celebrates a rich, living tradition: classical music from the royal courts of Java is heard alongside 20th Century Javanese compositions and the world première of Cathedral Grove for bass flute and gamelan, composed by Cambridge-based composer and master gamelan musician, Robert Campion.

For this very special concert the Cambridge Gamelan Group will be joined by members of Southbank Gamelan Players, Ensemble-in-Residence at London’s Southbank Centre.

Holding Up The Sky @ Church Stretton Arts Festival

A Magical evening of gamelan and stories from South East Asia for all the family
6 August 2014

homeEspecially created for the Church Stretton Arts Festival, Holding Up the Sky will be a unique opportunity to hear the stories and sounds of South East Asia.

Uniquely, for this performance Cassandra Wye will be joined by members of the Southbank Gamelan Players, who will create the musical backdrop for these real and imagined worlds.  They will play a selection from a repertoire that spans the thousand years of Gamelan music – from the ceremonial sounds of the courts of ancient Kings to the music created by contemporary composers for the Gamelan.
Don’t miss this magical collaboration, it’s suitable for all ages: adults and children are welcome!

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Pioneers of Percussion @ Scala

Scala Night Club

Saturday 16th November

South Bank Gamelan Players are proud to support ::Nonclassical‘s biggest ever event at the Scala. Southbank Gamelan Players will present a 30min set of contrasting pieces comprising refined  traditional music from the Royal Courts of Java, exuberant music from mountain  villages plus a contemporary work written exlusively for the gamelan by a London based composer.

Scala 275 Pentonville Rd, N1 9NL


SENDRATARI ! An introduction by choreographer Matheus Wasi Bantolo


The Panji Story: A Javanese Tale

The Panji story is native to Indonesia, specifically to East Java. Unlike adaptations from India such as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata that play such an important role in the Javanese performing arts, the Panji story is originally a Javanese tale, a story of our own ancestors. But the story has also long been known in several countries of Southeast Asia and even further abroad in Asia. In Thailand, it is called Inao. As such, it is an example of Indonesian national culture that has spread beyond the archipelago.

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Gamelanathon @ London’s Southbank Centre

A weekend of Indonesian music, dance and puppetry 6-7 July 2013 Celebrate 25 years of gamelan (Indonesian percussion orchestra) at Southbank Centre. A packed weekend of free and ticketed events showcases traditional and new music for gamelan with dance, puppetry and electronics. Join us as we shine a spotlight on the international gamelan community.


Sendratari – Javanese dance-drama Queen Elizabeth Hall 6 July, 7.30pm An evening of spectacular traditional Javanese gamelan and dance. Master Javanese musicians and dancers collaborate with Southbank Gamelan Players. With free Indonesian snacks from 6pm. Book tickets

In Lieu

In Lieu Queen Elizabeth Hall Sunday 7 July, 4pm Following its premiere at Adelaide’s OzAsia Festival, dancer / choreographer Ade Suharto and composer / performer David Kotlowy bring their beautiful work to London. In Lieu explores their search for a sense of place, navigating between two cultures. Buy tickets

Gamelanathon free events

Free events From 10.30am each day, 30 gamelan groups from across the UK and Ireland, and visiting artists from Indonesia, give free performances indoors and out. From the Ramayana on stilts to a post-concert chill-out with gamelan and electronics, discover the creativity of the international gamelan community. View timetable