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!
Encouraging Deaf Children and Young People to Access Music
Deaf Awareness Week is an annual event that aims to promote the positive aspects of deafness, promote social inclusion, and raise awareness of the huge range of local organizations that support deaf people and their families and friends. It aims to celebrate exceptional individuals and showcase what we can do to champion inclusivity and be more deaf-friendly. This year's theme is 'Coming Through it Together'.
According to WHO, over 5% of the world’s population – or 430 million people – require rehabilitation to address their ‘disabling’ hearing loss (432 million adults and 34 million children). It is estimated that by 2050 over 700 million people – or one in every ten people – will have disabling hearing loss. A person who is not able to hear as well as someone with normal hearing – hearing thresholds of 20 dB or better in both ears – is said to have hearing loss. Levels of hearing loss, communication methods, and use of hearing technology can vary widely. Hearing loss...
Percussion Play wins Queens Award for Enterprise
We are delighted to announce that Percussion Play has been named as the winner of a 2021 Queen’s Award for Enterprise – one of the highest accolades and most prestigious awards a UK-based company can win. We were informed that Her Majesty The Queen had approved the Prime Minister’s recommendation that we should receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category in acknowledgment of our outstanding short-term growth in overseas sales over the past three years.
The International Trade category of the Queen’s Awards welcomes entries from organizations based in the UK that have been successfully growing their sales overseas - whether that's in one or more foreign markets. Winners must have demonstrated that their business has achieved substantial growth in overseas earnings and in commercial success (for their business size and sector) through either outstanding achievement over 3 years or continuous achievement over 6 years.
Commenting on the award win,...
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...