Welcome to the Percussion Play Blog

We hope you'll be a regular visitor as we share stories about the instruments we make and the people who play them.

This is where we share our passion for music in the great outdoors! We'll share with you details of exciting new outdoor music projects and designs from around the globe. We'll share with you information about the instruments we sell and a little about the inspiration behind them

Most importantly, this blog is about what we love to do the most - help you create new and exciting ways to bring music to the great outdoors.

Thank you for reading, visiting, commenting and contributing - we’re excited to have you here!

Easter Caption Contest - Win a Limited Edition Titan Babel Drum

Our Easter 'Caption Contest' will see one witty winner get their hands on a limited edition hand-held Titan Babel Drum.

With tones that flow sweet, rich, and deep, playing the Titan Babel Drum is a wonderful unique hand drumming experience that will quickly become addictive. With its own unique voice, it is a spirited instrument that can be enjoyed in a multitude of environments such as home music-making, classroom music education, music therapy sessions and meditation, drum circles, and performance.

Designed to be played with the hands, side of the thumb, and fingertips, a wide range of tones can be created through experimenting and developing different playing techniques to match your mood; peaceful and calm when you are winding down or shift it up a gear for a serotonin-boosting session!

Manufactured from stainless steel the Titan measures just over 18cm/7" high and is 41cm/16" in diameter and weighs 7kgs/15lbs

For your chance to win - head over to our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/PercussionPlay/"...


Introducing our Brand New 2021 Product Catalog

Our exciting new 64-page product catalog complete with our updated product portfolio is ready and available right now!

Our entire range is represented and we are pleased to announce that there have been a number of new additions this year, including; Harmony Bells and Harmony Flowers, Petal Drums, Calypso Chimes, Stepping Stones and Talk...


Welcome to National Intergenerational Week 8-14 March 2021

It's #IntergenerationalWeek - an online campaign connecting those passionate about intergenerational activity and inspiration. In its second year, the campaign is all about celebrating those ideas, moments, and opportunities local to us where different age groups can come together to work or play together and where intergenerational friendships can be made. This awareness week also gives the opportunity to plan for the future and develop new ideas and themes including the development of both indoor and outdoor spaces and places that will allow these amazing interactions to happen.

We are living in extraordinarily challenging times, where it is more important than ever to value interactions between the different generations to build respect and understanding. The creation of an inclusive outdoor music park, playground, or community music space will engage people of all ages, cultures, and abilities. Music-making brings people together in a way that few other activities can - fostering...


Five Ways to Integrate Music with Reading on World Book Day

In the UK and Ireland, today – 4th March 2021 - is the 24th World Book Day!

World Book Day is a celebration of children’s books and reading and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe – although in most countries World Book Day takes place at a different time of year (usually around April 23 - Shakespeare's Birthday)

World Book Day 2021, just like everything else, will be different again this year, with many children still being taught at home and online learning. However, there are still lots of fun activities planned as well as resources to be found and prizes to be won by visiting the World Book Day website.

We normally use World Book Day as an opportunity to share ways in which you can use outdoor musical instruments to help celebrate - integrating children’s literature into music time or music lessons by adding songs and sound effects to the stories and acting them out during the lesson...


Pancake Day Musical Fun and Activities and Songs to Sing!

Happy Pancake Day!

Shrove Tuesday (known as Pancake Day) is the traditional day of feasting and fun before the forty days of Lent that lead up to Easter. The idea was to use up any luxury foods that will not be eaten during Lent. To do this they made pancakes using all the eggs, butter, and milk and then enjoying them with a variety of tasty fillings. The next day, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and the period of fasting begins.

Shrove Tuesday has more than its fair share of unique and unusual songs, rhymes, and poems. It’s a great opportunity to read stories and poems, sing songs and play music before cooking up a stack of yummy pancakes, flipping them, racing with them and then of course eating them!

Here are a few Pancake Day songs to sing outdoors before the pancake tossing begins!

Tune of ‘Skip To My Lou’

Pop a little pancake into the pan
Pop a little pancake into the pan
Pop a little pancake into the pan
That’s for my...


Connections between Love and Music

Extra-pricey bouquets of red roses, panic-purchase cards, chocolates, and romantic dinners - now heavily commercialised and laden with expectation, some could say that Valentine’s Day is losing a significant amount of its charm. Once a day where people simply showed their love and affection for another person, maybe an effort should be made to reclaim Valentine’s Day as a more inclusive celebration of all types of love. Self-love, platonic love, and love within families should be included within Valentine’s Day celebrations. All love deserves to be celebrated and expressed in a multitude of ways: with a hug, with a smile, with a timely visit, with surprises, and, of course, with music!

Music is so heavily connected with themes of love. Musicians love to sing about love and songs are used to express love in all forms – romantic love, love of friends and family, love for your sports team or community. Forget what you learned that the only human essentials are food, clothing, and...