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!

Welcome growing trend for dementia-friendly gardens in Care and Senior Living settings

Dementia Action Week 17-23 May

This is Dementia Awareness Week - an event that encourages people to take action to improve the lives of people affected by dementia, and many forward-thinking and progressive senior communities are doing just that through the power of music made in the great outdoors.

Over recent years we have seen a growing trend for dementia-friendly gardens in Care and Senior Living settings. The uplifting power of gardens and nature has never been in doubt – however, the benefits of music-making outdoors have now been explored and expanded to create permanent music gardens, courtyards, and parks. Worldwide, inspiring dementia-friendly outdoor spaces that entice residents, visitors, and staff outside into the fresh air to enjoy some musical fun together are being designed - and they’re having a big impact on the health and quality of life of residents living with Alzheimer’s and/or Dementia.

Involvement in participatory arts and music programs has been shown...


Music, Mental Health and Nature

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from Monday 10th May to Sunday 16th May 2021 and the theme for this year’s event is ‘nature‘ – which seems fitting after a year of lockdowns that has seen us forced indoors for extended periods.

Life can be tough in many different ways and all of us find our mental resilience being challenged at times. Recognizing how nature is so central to our psychological and emotional health, the Mental Health Foundation is hoping to inspire more people to step outside and connect with nature in new ways and notice the beneficial effect that this connection can have on their mental health.

Percussion Play realized long ago the positive impact that being outside has on our mental well-being. The evidence that demonstrates the powerful benefits of nature on our mental health; increased creativity, empathy, and sense of wonder, alongside the fact that music has been proven to enhance mood, increase feel-good endorphins and improve emotion regulation, are...


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...