Dave McKenny

Dave McKenny is a Music and Health Apprentice for 2014-2015 with practice based at Leicester Children’s Hospital, Leicester Royal Infirmary.

dave mckennyDave is a musician, workshop leader and shadow puppeteer, drawn to playing in musical genres that typically involve lots of people, like gamelan and samba.

Receiving the Dharmasiswa scholarship 2006, Dave studied Javanese Classical music (gamelan) at the arts conservatoire ISI Surakarta, Central Java. Whilst living there he was submersed in the music culture, playing regularly at palace ceremonies and village weddings. Dave now teaches gamelan at the Southbank Centre and performs regularly with gamelan groups across the UK and Ireland. He is also an associate academic at Manchester Metropolitan University and has taught wayang at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Dave has a growing love of the carnival arts that have taken root in the UK. He performs with Rhythms of the City, arguably one of the best Brazilian dance bands in the UK, playing Rio carnival-style samba, as well as soca, funk, reggae and other genres that are representative of the cultural and music influences present in London today.

Playing these styles of music sparked Dave’s interest in workshop leading and music for social change and well-being. Graduating from the Goldsmith’s Community Music programme with distinction, he has since worked in schools, prisons, immigrant detention centres, elderly people’s homes, sheltered housing and hospitals, all with the view to deliver music projects of quality that foster musical expression and creativity in environments where people often do not have that opportunity.

“I am very excited to be working with OPUS and learning about the great practice they have established. Opportunities like these are so important to help freelance practitioners like me develop skills and build new work. Challenging and fun, I can’t wait! “

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  1. Hi! Like you, I’m very interested in different musical genres especially gamelan. I’m from Oldham, Greater Manchester and wondered if you knew anyone in the Manchester area who would teach me how to play the Gamelan. Any suggestions/advice would be most welcome. Thanks.

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