Weekly Yu-Jo Classes

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, funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Community Foundation Acorn Fund and with the continued support of the great people at the Diamond Centre in Claudy who provide the neutral venue for our rehearsals.

We have recently been awarded funding from the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland Thomas Devlin Fund for our most exciting project to date, Yu-Jo Taiko & Kodo in Claudy!

Two members of the world-famous Kodo drumming group are coming to Claudy in February 2017 to work with our lucky students.

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Eiichi Saito and Eri Uchida have travelled the world playing with Kodo and we are so happy to have this opportunity to study with them, thanks to the support of our funders and of Kodo.

The students have been working hard in preparation!

Watch this space for updates!