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Javanese Gamelan in Dublin

Current Activities

There are currently five different gamelan groups active in the city. Visit the NEWS section of this website for upcoming concert details.

The NCH Gamelan Orchestra
Our flagship group, and Ireland's leading performers of classical Javanese music ("karawitan")
Rehearsals: Monday evenings

Gamelan Jam Delapan
Literally "The 8 O'Clock Gamelan", the National Concert Hall's intermediate class. Email education@nch.ie to get involved.
Rehearsals: Tuesday evenings

Gamelan Soré Soré
Literally "The Early Evening Gamelan", the National Concert Hall's beginners class. Email education@nch.ie to get involved.
Rehearsals: Tuesday evenings

The UCD Gamelan Orchestra
An orchestra of music students from University College Dublin
Rehearsals: Wednesday evenings

Gamelan Nua
An ensemble of composers creating and performing their own music
Rehearsals: Thursday evenings

The Story of Dublin's Gamelan

The story of how Dublin received a full bronze gamelan as a gift from the Sultan of Yogyakarta in Java is recounted in this article I wrote for the International Council for Traditional Music. The article also looks at the many opportunities gamelan music offers for performance, composition, academic research, teaching and health care.


I direct three gamelan orchestras in the National Concert Hall, teaching traditional Javanese music (karawitan) on Tuesday evenings. Levels 1 and 2 are for newcomers and beginners respectively, while the third group is for more experienced/professional musicians. I also teach gamelan at University College Dublin, where I direct the department ensemble. The fifth gamelan ensemble in Dublin is Gamelan Nua, which is made up entirely of composers who peform all original works.

Alongside these five ensembles, there are also temporary groups which are formed for specific workshop projects or festival performances. Most notable among these would be the quintet which was assembled in 2014 to perform at the Yogyakarta International Performing Arts Festival in Java, with repeat performances in Ireland in 2015.

Peter Moran - Gamelan- SOAS

Upcoming Events

Aug 3rd 2019

Performers: NCH Gamelan Orchestra
Event: All Together Now Festival
Venue: Curraghmore Estate, Co Waterford

July 17th 2019

Performers: NCH Gamelan
Event: Outdoor Concert in the Gardens
Venue: National Botanic Gardens, Glanevin

June 30th 2019

Performers: NCH Gamelan Orchestra
Event: Kaleidoscope Festival
Venue: Russborough House, Co. Wicklow

June 12th 2019

Performers: Gamelan Jam Delapan, Gamelan Sore Sore
Venue: National Concert Hall, Dublin

June 8th 2019

Performers: NCH Gamelan
Venue: National Concert Hall, Dublin

April 26th 2019

Performers: UCD Gamelan, NCH Gamelan
Venue: St. Finian's Church, 23 Adelaide Road, Dublin

March 26th 2019

Performers: NCH Gamelan
Work: Embat
Venue: National Concert Hall, Dublin

January 26th 2019

Performers: Gamelan Jam Delapan
Work: Team Gamelan
Venue: Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

January 25th 2019

Performers: Prof. Benjamin Dwyer (guitar)
Work:Anois 's Aris
Event: Benjamin Dwyer CD Launch
Venue: Dance House, Foley Street, Dublin

January 17th 2019

Performers: Prof. Benjamin Dwyer (guitar)
Work: Anois 's Aris
Event: Benjamin Dwyer CD Launch
Venue: Middlesex University

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