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York St John and Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

On Friday 18 November, the National Centre for Early Music offered young musicians studying at York St John Univeristy the opportunity to take part in a drumming workshop run by the Mugenkyo Taiko drummers. The students were given a chance to play genuine Taiko drums and learn about the attitudes and approaches to perfomring this music. Working with and learning from top-class musicians gave students insights into the professional world and helped foster high-level approaches to rehearsing and performing. All students were also invited to be part of the audience for Mugenkyo's public performance the same evening - an experience that was significantly enhanced by the insights provided through the daytime workshop.

Chris Bartram, Senior Lecturer in Music, York St John University said how much the students appreciated being able to work in the "wonderful setting of the National Centre for Early Music. The workshop was well planned, detailed and exciting, and enabled our students to get a really good general grasp of Japanese taiko drumming. This learning meant that they were then able to experience the evening performance on a whole other level. The students were also able to use these events as part of their second year development work, as we are asking them to reflect on both the workshop and performance as examples of top quality professional practice, in order to relate this to their own musical development. All in all then, the Mugenkyo workshop and concert provided and invaluable educational and musical experience for our students."

Please click below for a clip of the workshop participants in action!