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!
Making Music and New Friends at the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg
Percussion Play and Percussion Play DK are currently in Hamburg, Germany making music and friends at the 2019 Rotary International Convention (1-5 June).
We’ve been delighted by the number of visitors we’ve had come to visit our booth and the amazing conversations we’ve had with people from all nationalities about the value of music and the positive impact it can have on both individuals and communities. We’ve seen visitors from all corners of the world including Uganda, Peru, Morocco, Canada, India, USA, Israel, Australia, Korea, Guyana, Japan plus many from the host nation of Germany and from all across Europe.
What has become very apparent is a mutual desire to help bring people together across generations, cultures and abilities and we’ve been very busy telling people about how music can transcend all of these barriers by providing its own language of rhythm and melody.
It’s been the most fun, we’ve already met some amazing individuals determined to make...
Taster Session For Sheffield 'Musical Pocket Park'
Our outreach team are in Sheffield today, giving local residents the chance to play a number of our outdoor musical instruments ahead of plans to create a ‘musical pocket park’ in the city.
The 'taster session', inviting residents and visitors to play a selection of instruments in the park to get a flavour of what it could be like, has been arranged by the ChangingSheff action group. ChangingSheff have an idea to transform Fountain Square Park, near Barker's Pool, into a unique 'musical pocket park' to be enjoyed by all in the community from young families, to students or seniors and will be used for relieving stress, group therapy sessions, or for citizens just looking for fun!
ChangingSheff are a vibrant volunteer group of residents working to make improvements...
Outdoor Music Ensembles - A Guide to Ensure your Ensemble Performs and Sounds the Best
Our range of outdoor musical instrument ‘ensembles’ are designed for musicians of every age and ability. Designed to save our customers time and money when ordering a group of instruments, they also help ensure the combination of instruments sound both harmonious and complimentary. Ensembles are a great way to get your outdoor music project moving quickly and easily.
An ensemble is defined as a group of people or musicians playing instruments and performing together. Playing music with others is very different from playing on your own and an ensemble allows players to experiment with different sounds, playing techniques and practice improvisation. Different instruments played together can sound great just by virtue of the inherent...
Percussion Play Baltics Head to Belarus
Percussion Play Baltics have just returned from a very successful trip to the Republic of Belarus, attending the 22nd International Exhibition BUDEXPO - 2019 - a fair of innovative developments within the 'Construction and Energy' sector.
The event united specialists in the construction industry, private developers and experts. The exhibition hall saw over 100 companies represented as well as conferences, seminars, “round tables” and master classes.
5000+ guests visiting the exhibition were able to familiarize themselves with various building brands and companies, as well as with their products and services.
Eglė Prieskienienė - Director of Percussion Play Baltics told us "There was big interest in Percussion Play products. Outdoor Musical instruments were a new concept for all the visitors...
Early Years Article features in Play & Playground Professionals Magazine
An article written by Percussion Play features in this month's edition of Play and Playground Professionals Magazine. The article titled 'Musical Instruments Help Improve Core Stability' discusses how play and particularly 'musical play' can help develop children physically for the academic challenges that lay ahead.
'Outdoor music and play are great for building a child’s body awareness, engaging the vestibular system (responsible for balance and spatial awareness) and increasing the child’s confidence in movement. The large-scale movements fostered during outdoor play help to improve a child’s pro-prioception – the ability to sense their bodies orientation and its relation to objects in their environment"
The article was written by Percussion Play Business Development Manager Kate Mannerings who has a background in Early Years education. Kate highlights how outdoor music lends itself to endless openings for learning through play. "Outdoor musical instruments (resistant...
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,...