The University of York is home to a beautiful set of musical instruments from Indonesia – a collection of bronze gongs and chimes, called a Gamelan. These instruments were handmade especially for the University and the city of York in 1981 and have been used for many community and school projects over the years. There is more information about the instruments, including a short film about the music and the experience of playing it, click here to watch.
During the past year, the University has been running the Sound Of Bronze youth gamelan project, which has invited young people from across the city to be involved in taster gamelan sessions, which have been very positively received. Because of the enthusiastic response to these taster sessions, the University has now set up a weekly, term-time Youth Gamelan Ensemble, aimed at young people aged 7-14. These sessions cover traditional Indonesian music, as well as creative and new uses of the instruments. There will be opportunities for children who enjoy performing to work towards public concerts alongside university students and professional musicians.
The Youth Gamelan is running during school term times on Thursday evenings, 5.00pm-6.15pm, at the University of York Music Department click here for more details or contact Gamelan Director, Emily Crossland to find out more. Places are limited, so please encourage interested parties to book as soon as possible.