Friends of Southbank Gamelan Players

Organisations working with Gamelan:

Good Vibrations is a registered charity (number 1126493) that helps prisoners, secure hospital patients, ex-prisoners and others in the community develop crucial life and work skills, through participating in intensive gamelan (Indonesian bronze percussion) courses. Since 2003, Good Vibrations has worked with more than 3200 individuals in 49 different secure institutions.

Southbank Centre’s Gamelan Programme offers something to suit everybody: from family, school and group workshops to regular classes and performances. No previous musical experience is necessary to play the gamelan and enjoy its wonderful sounds.

Gamelan groups based in London:

Balinese gamelan: Lila Cita and St Lukes Community Gamelan

Balinese gamelan workshops at LSO St Luke’s
Gamelan is part of the GCSE music curriculum and a visit to LSO St Luke’s will bring the instruments to life for students. Spend a day learning a basic Balinese piece, exploring the instruments in a more creative way and even combining western instruments with the gamelan, and finally record your efforts for posterity.
Cost: £100 per 1.5 hour workshop or £160 per half day (plus VAT)
Recommended maximum 25 participants
Call the Gamelan Projects Manager on 020 7382 2539 for further details or visit

Sundanese gamelan: Sekar Enggal

Javanese gamelan in Berkshire:
Berkshire Young Musicians’ Trust offers a comprehensive programme of classes and workshops in Javanese gamelan, throughout Berkshire and beyond. On-going courses for children and parents (Wednesday afternoons), and for adults (Wednesday evenings), are being offered from September 2005, in Reading. Introductory schools workshops take place during the day. The gamelan often travels to other parts of Berkshire for medium-term gamelan residencies in schools and music centres. It is also available for use by other schools and organisations both in Berkshire and beyond.
For further information, go to, or e-mail, or ring Nikhil Dally on 01784 453347.