Year 7 Gamelan Workshop

Published 27 April 2023

We recently welcomed Mike Simpson from Inspire-works back to St Bart’s to run an Indonesian Gamelan Workshop for our Year 7s. Our students learned about the different instruments that make up this traditional percussion orchestra, discovered some of the conventions of Indonesian music, and had an amazing opportunity to learn and perform a balungan, a traditional piece of Indonesian music, on authentic instruments from the other side of the globe. From sets of tuned metal chimes to enormous iron gongs the size of truck tyres, the students experienced the genuine sounds of the music of another culture first hand.