Lambeth primary schools are invited to book free gamelan and poetry workshop sessions. For the first hour, half your class works with one of our expert tutors to sample group music-making on our beautiful gamelan – a percussion orchestra from Java. Meanwhile, the other half explores The National Poetry Library's collection, working with library staff to enjoy the UK's largest collection of contemporary poetry books and recordings. The groups swap over for the second half of the two-hour session. In 1987, Southbank Centre was privileged to receive a beautiful Javanese percussion orchestra called gamelan. This was a remarkable gift from the Government of the Republic of Indonesia to the people of the UK as a gesture of friendship. As is the case with many important gamelan ensembles, ours was named ‘Kyai Lebdha Jiwa' or 'The Venerable Spirit of Perfection'.