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The Place, The People Indonesia comprises 17,000 islands including Java, Sumatra and Bali and is the world’s 4th largest country by population. Java is the most populous island in the world, and though its culture reflects a mix of influences, particularly Islam, the kingdoms of central Java have preserved Javanese culture for centuries, particularly the playing of the Gamelan. The island of Bali has been inhabited since about 2000 BC and is mainly Hindu

The Music The Indonesian Gamelan is an orchestra of bronze gongs, metallophones and percussion that is as impressive visually as it is spellbinding musically. Originally played in the royal courts of Java and Bali, Gamelan music is built in layers of cyclic rhythmic and melodic patterns around a central theme, and may accompany puppetry illustrating the myths and legends of the Mahabharata & Ramayana

The Workshops

Javanese Gamelan - Slendro and Pelog Built especially for Hampshire Music Service by Javanese craftsmen in 1998, our Gamelan Slendro and Pelog tour the county, hosted by local schools for a term at a time. The music is built up from melodic patterns and rhythms from easy to complex. It is challenging, fun and musically satisfying for all ages and abilities, allowing pupils to participate in ensemble playing right from the start, every pattern becoming part of a mesmerising musical whole.

Balinese Gamelan – Angklung The island of Bali is home to its own tradition of Gamelan Angklung, and Hampshire is fortunate to own two especially crafted examples that are available to your school for full day workshops or a six week Residency.

You can:

  • Host the Javanese Gamelan for a term for schools in your area to visit and receive three full days of workshops with our expert tutor.

  • Visit the Javanese Gamelan hosted by a school in your area for workshops with our tutor at a cost of £180 for half day or £295 for a full day.

  • Full day or six weeks of workshops with our tutor on the Balinese Gamelan in your school.

Gamelan Hosting Scheme

To give all schools in Hampshire the opportunity to play, our Javanese Gamelan tour the county, staying in host schools for a term at a time. The host school receives 3 full day or 6 half day workshops with our specialist tutor and the Gamelan is visited by local schools. We handle the arrangements for visiting schools and provide the host school with a programme of bookings. Delivery and collection of the Gamelan are handled by our removal experts at a time convenient to the school.

The Gamelan requires a secure classroom or hall of a minimum 35 square metres where it can be set up and left for the duration of the hosting.

For bookings and further information please contact Kathy Moore on 023 8065 2037 or send an e-mail to