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


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

Darbar Festival, Torino, Italy

6-7 June 2013
Museo d’Arte Orientale – MAO

Southbank Gamelan Players present three programmes drawing on the many gamelan traditions of Java, from the refined and richly contemplative sacred court music, to intimate chamber music, from popular street song to exuberant folk traditions.

Music of the Royal Courts of Central Java – Friday 7 June, 6pm
Folk traditions from the regions of Java – Friday 7 June, 9pm
Family workshop and concert – Saturday 8 June 3pm
From court to village: Gamelan music of Java – Saturday 8 June, 9pm

A selection of pieces from the concert of 8 June will be broadcast on RAI 3 in the autumn.


Plaid & Southbank Gamelan Players 2010 Tour


Southbank Gamelan Players and Plaid tour.

Electro-alchemists Plaid blend their trademark sound with the mesmerising textures and rhythms of a Javanese gamelan orchestra. Gamelan has influenced so much western electronic, from Aphex Twin to Kode9, but both genres have never before shared the same stage, until now.

Commissioned by Southbank Centre as part of Ether 2009, Electronic Music Duo Plaid

worked with Artist in Residence Rahayu Supanggah and Ensemble in Residence Southbank Gamelan Players to create an exciting collaboration of gamelan and electronic music which was premiered in April 2009 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
SbGP and Plaid have since been developing this piece and embark on a tour starting in June 2010.

Tour dates:

Click here to read a review of the original Plaid & Southbank Gamelan Players performance in the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2009.

Royal Northern College of Music Gamelan Weekend

Saturday 28 November 2009 7.30pm

Birth, Death and Marriage: A Journey through life in Javanese Music and Dance

South Bank Gamelan Players make a welcome return to Manchester with a concert centered around the Javanese form of sung poetry called måcåpåt.

10pm: Wayang Kulit

In the informal surroundings of the RNCM Café Bar, this exciting English language performance of traditional Javanese shadow puppetry, accompanied by full gamelan, will fill the night with ancient wisdom and topical humour.

Box Office: 0161 907 5555

To hear music visit the Southbank Gamelan Players Alterhit page