Year 7 students performed a short piece of Gamelan music and Shadow Puppet play at a special matinee concert for parents on Friday 26th February.
The concert came at the end of a 5-day residency at The Clere where students enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn how to play this traditional Indonesian Percussion instrument (originally played in the royal courts of Java and Bali) as well as learning about Indonesian culture.
Students worked hard to learn a traditional Indonesian piece of music under the guidance of Javanese Gamelan instructor Aris Daryono. They learnt the performance techniques required for the different instruments, as well as how to make Shadow Puppets and they scripted a play to accompany their musical performances.
“Students have thoroughly enjoyed the workshops and it is an experience they will remember for many years to come. It has been an honour to host this stunning instrument at our school” says Music Curriculum Leader, Sandra Kirton.
The Clere School would like to thank Aris Daryono for instructing the students, the Hampshire Music Service for the use of their Slendro Gamelan specially crafted by Javanese craftsmen, and the Indonesian Embassy for kindly funding the residency.
To see a short film which showcases the visit of the Gamelan in 2015 click here.