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The term gamelan refers to certain types of orchestra from Indonesia. Most gamelan ensembles are largely made up of tuned percussion instruments. The Hallé's set is typical of those found in Java, and includes gongs and metallophones of various shapes and sizes, as well as xylophones, drums, bamboo flutes and a two-stringed fiddle. Manufactured by Suhirdjan, a respected gong-smith from the city of Yogyakarta, the Hallé gamelan is named Ruming Laras (Fragrant Harmony).

Gamelan is a versatile educational resource and an accessible way of experiencing the music of a non-Western culture at first hand. Up to twenty players can be accommodated at any one time and the variety of instruments available and aural method of working mean that material can be adapted to suit participants of all ages and abilities. In addition, the gamelan's traditional role as accompaniment for dance and theatre leads naturally into creative cross-arts projects.

There are a number of ways in which individuals and groups can access the Hallé gamelan:

One-off Workshops
School or community groups can access the Hallé gamelan through one-off workshops at a venue in Hulme, which is less than a seven-minute drive from The Bridgewater Hall. Content of sessions can be adapted to suit individual group needs but the majority of sessions are generally taster sessions to teach traditional playing techniques and repertoire. Workshops normally last two hours and are limited to a maximum of 20 participants per session.

Please note, these sessions are only available to groups. Events allowing individuals to access the Hallé gamelan will be made available in due course.

It is possible to arrange for the gamelan to come to your school or organisation for a longer period of time, usually from a couple of days to a week. This enables a larger number of participants to access the instruments and opens up the possibility of developing more in-depth work with specific groups over a number of sessions.

University of Manchester
Hallé Education currently runs a gamelan course for second-year undergraduate music students at the University of Manchester. The course culminates with an annual lunchtime concert in the University’s Cosmo Rodewald Hall.

Further information on the Hallé’s gamelan programme can be obtained by contacting Laura McPheely or Steve Pickett.

Concerts & Tickets

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Hallé CDs, Downloads and Accessories

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The Hallé has a number of discs on its own CD label, featuring composers such as Elgar, Wagner, Colin Matthews, Debussy, Richard Strauss and other English composers. The label includes award-winning discs such as Wagner's Götterdämmerung and Elgar's Violin Concerto with Thomas Zehetmair as soloist.

Ensembles & Choirs

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The Hallé offers a range of regular, local and free ensemble experiences for young people aged 8 –19 years. It also offers adults (aged 18+) the chance to sing in one of the best symphony choruses in the UK.

Reaching over 55,000 participants a year

The Hallé's award-winning Education Programme

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The Hallé's award-winning Education Programme reaches over 55,000 participants a year principally by placing Hallé musicians in the community, in schools, youth clubs, community centres and young offenders organisations.

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Fundraising and development

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About us

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Now in its 158th season, the Hallé ranks among the UK's top symphonic ensembles, with a distinguished history of acclaimed performances in this country and around the world; award-winning recordings, radio broadcasts and educational outreach programmes; and a visionary commitment to building audiences and developing orchestral repertoire.

Your visit

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Find out more about what to expect from a Hallé concert as well as information about the Hallé's Manchester home - The Bridgewater Hall.