Welcome to the Percussion Play Blog

We hope you'll be a regular visitor as we blog and share stories about the instruments we make and the people who play them. 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. We'll also let you know about sales and events taking place.

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!

New Outdoor Musical Instrument - Outdoor Bell Tree

Introducing the Percussion Play 'Bell Lyre'

This is a Bell Tree with a difference. The Bell Lyre is an outdoor musical instrument made of eight graduated stainless steel 'bells' presented within a contemporary stand reminiscent of a Lyre (a stringed instrument with two curved arms connected at the upper end by a crossbar)

The sound is created from the vibration of the bell. It’s of course the size of the bell that gives you the pitch, each bell emits its own sound, with sweet, gentle tones from the top bells and deep sonorous 'gong' like sounds from the bells at the bottom.

You play it with the attached pair of beaters, a harder, small beater for the top bells and a large, softer beater for the bottom bells. You get the most resonant sound by hitting the sides of each bell.

The 'Bells' range in diameter from 100mm to 290mm. The height is over 1.5 metres, which was about as high as it could be – if we added any more bells, it would be too high and therefore difficult for...


Children's Hospital Introduces Musical Sensory Garden

Patients and visitors of the Hans Christian Andersen Children's Hospital at University Hospital Denmark can now enjoy playing Percussion Play outdoor musical instruments during their visit or stay. However, these interactive instruments have not just been installed for the patient's enjoyment, but more importantly to assist in a healthy, speedy recovery. Children can find a hospital visit or stay a daunting experience, but it's essential to their emotional and physical recovery that they maintain a positive frame of mind and feel comfortable in the hospital setting.

Arne Høst, Lead Consultant says "These instruments totally fit into our concept here at the children's hospital, we believe it should not just be a place where we treat and examine sick children, but also somewhere which gives them a great experience. I know that the hospital makes a very good job of treating the children, but sometimes when the kids - and adults - have a hard time, the music instruments will provide an...


5 Reasons Music Education Is Important

  1. Music education should be a part of a general education in everybody’s life. Scientists say that children who are exposed to music, or those who play an instrument, do better in school than those who don't.
  2. Music can be connected to many other subject areas. Through exploring music students can find natural connections to mathematics, science, reading, writing and performing arts.
  3. Children learn in many different ways. Music allows them to express themselves in a unique way, which motivates their learning and helps build their self confidence.
  4. Music is a universal language. It helps children connect to other cultures and understand the world around them.
  5. It's fun! Playing a musical instrument relieves stress. Have you ever noticed that when you hear soft, soothing music you feel more relaxed? Playing an instrument can do that and more, especially if you're the one playing. Music is one of life's simple joys; it helps calm the mind.

Sing Up! Article Gives Top Tips for Outside Music Areas

The latest Sing Up magazine (Summer 13) includes an interesting article 'Sow a Sound Garden' in which Percussion Play was asked to contribute. The article includes top tips for creating an outside music area and the benefits of choosing to take music lessons into the Great Outdoors. The article has some great photos of our instruments installed at Saltergate Infant School and some wonderful comments from their music co-ordinator including "They are wonderful to look at, and the sound echoes all around the playground which is magical. It's lovely to see some of the quieter children growing in confidence through playing music outdoors during their playtime."

Singing games and music making in the outdoors are especially fun and bring a whole new dimension to the children’s learning and development. Being outside means the instruments can be played a little louder, they can raise their voices a little higher and movement in unrestricted. Children will benefit from listening to and creating...


Shiny New Outdoor Mirror Wall Chimes for Musical Play

Percussion Play are excited to add these beautiful Mirror Chimes to their outdoor musical instruments portfolio. What a ‘bright’ idea!

With highly polished stainless steel notes and a universal note wall mounting system, these outdoor chimes will give a unique sound whilst reflecting the surrounding environment to give another dimension to your outdoor play area, sensory garden, outdoor classroom or school grounds.

See these little guys? They can’t wait to have a go! Perhaps we have a budding pianist here? A future flutist or a drummer wannabe? Playing a musical instrument is very beneficial to children, however, in order for a child to truly become interested in playing an instrument they need to be engaged, they need to be motivated and they need to have fun! Playing music outdoors in a playground or sensory garden may just trigger an interest in music and encourage them to put down the remote and pick up a musical instrument instead.

A difficult instrument might intimidate...


Dementia Care Show - Making Music Outside with Seniors

Percussion Play were amongst hundreds of companies and organisations at Healthcare Innovation this year, an exhibition for the most dynamic, inspiring developments in healthcare.

Percussion Play bought along a small selection of their outdoor musical instruments with some being showcased on the bandstand in the ‘Dementia Village’, a complete “village” dedicated to dementia and demonstrating a dementia friendly community.

Physical interaction with music, anything from drumming to fooling around with xylophones or marimbas is increasingly being recognised as having a positive and supportive impact on patients with dementia. Music nourishes the brain!

With a huge increase in the ageing population over the last decade, there is a race to figure out how to promote healthy aging of the brain, and prevent mental illness such as depression or dementia. With such a need for initiatives that support older people’s mental wellbeing, music-making can often help in this respect....