British Museum Wayang Kulit



Image credit: @MaggieGibbons

Dhalang Ki Sujarwo Joko Prehatin is accompanied by SbGP in a wayang kulit in the Great Court of the British Museum on the evening of 27 September 2019.

The performance is part of the events programme for the exhibition Sir Stamford Raffles: collecting in Southeast Asia 1811-1824.

Full details from the British Museum website.

Tiger’s Nest


Part of New Music Biennial

Tiger’s Nest by Rolf Hind evokes the hike to an eponymous Bhutan monastery on a cliff.
For percussion, 2 prepared pianos, 2 gamelan soloists and gamelan ensemble.

Two free but ticketed festival performances, where the piece will be played twice, with questions and answers from the composer in the middle.

London information and tickets
Sunday 7th July 2019, 3.30-4.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

Hull information and tickets
Sunday 14 July 2019, 6.45-7.45pm
Hull Truck Theatre


Percussion: Colin Currie
Piano: Rolf Hind (London) / Siwan Rhys (Hull)
Piano: Zubin Kanga
Gamelan soloist: Isabelle Carré
Gamelan soloist: Robert Campion

Southbank Gamelan Players:
Andy Channing
Nikhil Dally
Stephen Johnston
Ellen Jordan
Helen Loth
Cecily Nowell-Smith (London) / Charles Matthews (Hull)
John Pawson
Sophie Ransby
John Whitfield
Aga Ujma

Tiger’s Nest was co-commissioned by Cheltenham Festival and Southbank Centre and premiered in 2015.

Kassel International Gamelan Festival

The 2nd Kassel International Gamelan Festival takes place from 22 -25 November 2018.

Southbank Gamelan Players perform a programme of traditional and new music from Java on Saturday 24th in the Kulturbahnhof Südflügel.

The group has recently been working with Indonesian composer Iwan Gunawan and is delighted to be performing his piece Lalamba.

For more information and the full festival programme, see

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.

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:


Members of Southbank Gamelan Players are excited to be involved in this project.

PULSE, commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society, brings together British/Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova and Scottish film-maker Ruth Paxton to create a new score and film for the PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Biennial in 2014, one of 20 new commissions selected from over 130 proposals.

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