Indonesian music at Stockport Art Gallery

STOCKPORT Art Gallery is hosting free taster workshops in traditional Indonesian music led by the Hallé Gamelan Orchestra,

The first workshop will take place on Saturday 7 November 2009 and is aimed at adults.

Gamelan is an Indonesian percussion orchestra made up of tuned percussion instruments. It includes metallophones of various shapes and sizes, as well as xylophones, drums, bamboo flutes and two stringed fiddles. The traditional role of Gamelan music is as an accompaniment for dance and theatre.

The Hallé is Britain’s longest-established permanent professional symphony orchestra, founded in Manchester by Sir Charles Hallé in 1858.

The Hallé’s pioneering education programme generates over 40 projects a year and exists to create a wider enjoyment and understanding of music throughout the whole community.

As part of the workshops, the art gallery will be exploring Gamelan music in combination with creative writing and visual art.

Councillor John Smith, Executive Member for Leisure, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for people to come along and play an instrument with a professional orchestra. The beauty of these workshops is that they are suitable for all levels of participation; you do not have to have anything more than an interest in music to take part. Gamelan is a fantastic way to experience music from a non western culture first hand.”

The workshops will run at the following times: 10:00am – 11:00am, 11:30am – 12:30noon, 1:30pm – 2:30pm and 3:00pm – 4:00pm. Booking is essential.

Follow on workshops will be held on Sunday 22 and Monday 23 of November. Participants will be able to learn more about Gamelan, including playing instruments and composing. The workshops will culminate in a performance and will also include a creative writing element led by award winning poet Terry Caffrey.

All of the workshops are FREE of charge. Each workshop is limited to 10 participants, to book a place contact Stockport Art Gallery on 0161 474 4453.

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