Taiko Friendship in Claudy!
In 2013, Yu-Jo Taiko was set up between two cross-community primary schools in rural Derry by Fiona Umetsu using a grant from the City of Culture Music Promise. Cumber Claudy and St.Colmcille’s Primary schools have been at the forefront of the development of taiko drumming here in the North West ever since.
‘Yu-Jo’ means ‘Friendship’ in Japanese and the twelve initial members became a fine team of taiko players. The team grew over the years and they went on to open our very first O-Bon Festival in 2015 and were a huge hit!
We have continued to work with more and more students with the support of both schools, our funders and with the continued support of the great people at the Diamond Centre in Claudy who provide the neutral venue for our rehearsals.
Watch this space for updates!