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!

Music and Poetry - World Poetry Day

Poetry and music have been intertwined for thousands of years with artistic expressions being related, connected or inspired by the other. The two art forms possess certain similar elements, such as meter (a unit of rhythm in poetry) and rhyme, and so, across the years, many composers have been inspired by poetry, with some even setting these poems to music.

What makes a poem sound pleasing to the ear? A solid rhythm for one thing — something we know a good song also depends on. Ballads, or "story songs," have been around for centuries, many of the best known were sung first in the Middle Ages and the tradition continues today in modern songs. From the great Rogers and Hammerstein, to the Beatles and Bob Dylan, their finished works have become the gems that we now know, both musically and lyrically. We can also see the tight relationship between poetry and music if we examine children’s music, with many of the well-known nursery rhymes and songs rooted in poetry. Through these lyrics,...


'Mini' Rainbow Range Grows!

We’re excited to show you the newest addition to our 'mini' Rainbow Range - the Rainbow Chime Post

A cluster of five rainbow coloured chimes are attached to a single stainless-steel post - our Rainbow Chime Post makes the perfect music 'stop' for pre-schools and early years settings.

Perfectly complementing the Rainbow Trio Ensemble - good things do come in small packages!

Rainbow Chime Post (Boy & girl)     Rainbow Chime Post



Percussion Play Catalog - View Online or Download Instantly

The best way to understand what makes our instruments so special is to have a play on one yourself. However, as this is not always possible, planning your music park or project is now easier than ever by viewing our new e-brochure/catalog.

Grab a drink and begin browsing through the pages of our 2019 catalog online (it'll open in a new tab, for your viewing pleasure), or you can download to your computer or mobile device to flick through at your leisure.

The catalog explains everything you need to know about each outdoor instrument, plus by clicking on the large green arrows a video of the instrument being played will pop up.

Blog - New Online Brochure

Three reasons why our new e-brochure will help you design and plan...


Percussion Play Finland Go Green!

In the city of Jyväskylä, Percussion Play Finland as currently exhibiting at Viherpäivät 2019 (Green Days 2019) - Finland's largest Landscape and Technology Expo.

This national environmental and landscape management event brings together hundreds of professionals involved in the construction, design, management or maintenance of the ‘green’ or outdoor industry across Finland.

Celebrating their 40th anniversary, this year’s exhibition is the largest ever with over 110 exhibitors available for visitors to meet and be inspired by in-between lectures and workshops.

The event is sponsored by Lappset Group OY one of the leading manufacturers of playground and sport park equipment worldwide founded in Rovaniemi, Finland in 1970.

Pekka and Taru-Orvokki who operate Percussion Play Finland have been involved in the outdoor playground industry for many years and are now concentrating on bringing music and...


Percussion Play attends Netherlands Largest Education Show

We are currently in snowy Utrecht in the Netherlands at the National Education Exhibition - NOT 2019 - taking place in the Jaarbeurs from 22 to 26 January 2019.

With over forty thousand visitors expected and 400 exhibitors, NOT is the largest event for Dutch teachers and education specialists which focuses on Childcare, Primary Education, Secondary Education and Secondary Vocational Education. Visitors can meet, network and be inspired at the NOT: gain new knowledge at the many workshops, lectures and demonstrations in the Education Academy as well as be inspired by the many new products and services on display.

Percussion Play Netherlands is exhibiting in the main hall on the 'Best Innovation Route' as well as in the 'Innovation Tunnel'. The Cavatina and Music Book on display has been shortlisted to win the prestigious NOT Innovation Award with the winner being announced at the end of the exhibition. Visitors have been invited to have a go and win the Cavatina and Music Book by...


New! Rainbow Trio Ensemble for music making indoors or outdoors

Our new space-saving wall mounted Rainbow Trio Ensemble is perfect for toddlers and younger children to discover music-making and express themselves with rhythm, melody, pitch and tone.

Comprising of Rainbow Trio Bongos, Rainbow Trio Metallophone and Rainbow Trio Chimes - these 'mini' instruments occupy less space than full-size instruments and require less budget too – making them particularly appealing for smaller establishments such as nursery schools, pre-schools and kindergartens.

Available to be purchased individually or as a colourful ensemble, these bright and inviting instruments are easy to securely fix to a wall, fence or existing play...