Marching Gongs are the Balinese Baleganjur gamelan, a portable orchestra used to accompany all kinds of processions and, in the past, when soldiers went into battle. The Baleganjur consists of bronze kettles, cymbals and gongs led by drums. The music is very dramatic and ideal for outdoor events because of its magnificent sound. Baleganjur music ranges from the most intricate interlocking patterns to simple pieces that children and adults with no previous experience can learn in a single workshop. So it is ideal for schools, community performances and participatory events of all kinds.
The project in the photos and video consisted of a series of participatory workshops leading up to festival performances in Gateshead and Waltham Forest.
Marching Gongs is funded by the Arts Council England.