Oxford Gamelan Society
The Oxford Gamelan Society meet regularly to practice the gamelan music of Central Java – percussion music, using traditional-style bronze instruments made in Java, often combined with singing. They usually perform several times a year, in response to requests received, either as a music-only concert, or to accompany dancers or shadow puppet drama. Practice sessions are from 1800 to 2100 on Wednesday evenings (Oxford University terms plus one extra week before and after), in the Music Faculty building on St Aldates. No previous musical experience is necessary, but participants need to be able to sit cross-legged on the floor (or on a cushion or a very low stool). No connection with the University is required- all over-18’s are welcome, and children normally only if accompanied by a parent who is also playing. Complete beginners in their first term or two normally take part only for the first half of the evening, 1800-1930. For contact details and further information, visit their website.
Oxford Guitar Society
The Oxford Guitar Society is a friendly setting for players of the classical guitar of all standards. The main criteria for entry is that members must have basic sight reading skills to able to take part in the ensembles. Ensemble playing is the main activity of the group, but there are also opportunities for solos and duets, and from time to time there are talks and master classes by their patron Ray Burley. Meetings are at 6.30pm on the last Tuesday of the month in the Music Faculty on St Aldates. Further information and contact details can be found on their website.