Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Jesus Christ

This imposing carved statue of Jesus Christ stands on the corner of All Saints Church. This is just a taster of the amazing stone work on and around the building. More tomorrow. But for now...

A follow up to yesterdays post...

Its amazing what you can find out if you ask a question. Yesterdays mystery musical instruments are an Indonesian Gamelan, as many of you said. Knowing this, I found out the following from the Cheltenham Festivals website.

"A gamelan (translated as ‘hit with a hammer’) is an ensemble of percussion instruments on which the traditional music of Java and Bali is played. It usually consists of metallophones (xylophones) and gongs, the best ones made of bronze, and mounted on beautifully carved and painted wooden frames. It has a distinctive and melodic sound and accompanies dances and all-night shadow-puppet plays in Indonesia.

The Cheltenham Gamelan was made in the foundries outside the Royal City of Surakarta (Solo) in central Java, Indonesia. The lovely white roses carved on the wooden frames were designed specifically to complement the Pittville Pump Room, although one of the wood carvers was apparently somewhat baffled as to why anyone would want what he took to be cabbages on their gamelan!

Many aspects of playing the gamelan match targets within the music curriculum, the most obvious being playing by ear and from memory, learning about pitch, dynamics and tempo, and taking part in group performances. As a result the Cheltenham Gamelan is becoming an increasingly popular resource for all key stages in schools.

As well as a thriving schedule of schools’ workshops, the community gamelan players meet regularly to develop their interest in this beautiful music. It enhances other skills such as listening to others and working as a team, and is therefore ideal for corporate functions, team-building exercises and parties. With no previous experience participants can, within a short time, play a real Javanese composition and have a lot of fun along the way."

So now we all know!

7 comments:

Hilda said...

A few days late but still quite timely — All Saints Day was on Nov 1. If the elaborate carving under the crossbar is any indication, the rest of the church must be amazing.

Glad you found out more about Cheltenham's own gamelan. I like how it was commissioned to match the Pump Room. The comment about the 'cabbage' was so funny!

brian stout said...

nice photo! love the detail work on this...

Bibi said...

Nice! I love stone carvings in general.

Paula said...

Nice work.

Kate said...

I am always amazed at the variety of styles generated by the Crucifix. This one looks very durable!

slim said...

Fascinating post with all the info you dug up. Are these on your short list to play? Corporate team-building could be a riot.

Tash said...

who would of thunk - a community gamelan players in Cheltenham!

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