Sounding out gamelan music in Devizes
3:00pm Sunday 17th March 2013 in News
Pupils at Southbroom Junior School in Devizes had a tuneful time learning how to play instruments used in Indonesia.
Indonesia is the home of gamelan music and the children took part in a workshop led by expert musician Andy Warn where they had a chance to play different instruments.
The most common instruments were bronze, iron, bamboo or wood bars as well as bronze and iron gongs, gong chimes, cymbals, bells and two-headed drums.
Headteacher Christine Folker said: “The children learned different rhythms and note patterns for each instrument. These were then combined to make an amazing sound. At the end of the day parents were invited in to a short performance.
“Andy Warn has a gift in his ability to immerse the children in the wonders of gamelan and he ensures that every individual has a part to play.
“This workshop was funded by the PSA and we are grateful to them for enabling the children to have such a memorable experience.”