North Devon Taiko

Centrestage, Pottington, Barnstaple.
Day and Time: 
26th and 27th October, 2017 (half term) Time: 10 - 4pm
Contact : 
01626 325832.

Workshops designed to give experience / training for school based adults with online resources to support back in the classroom.

Who is this aimed at? School based adults.

North Devon Taiko is a satelite Taiko project in Barnstaple, supported by Kagemusha Taiko

Our Vision – a taiko group in every town, and a group in every school.

We believe, and our experience shows that taiko training and performance can have a beneficial effect on people’s lives – not least because it is so enjoyable.
In our view, it’s the more the better when it comes to numbers of taiko players and taiko groups. We are delighted to play our part in helping others to start learning and to create and develop their own groups and schools.

Our Mission - is to enrich people’s lives through the experience of taiko drumming, whether as participant, performer or audience member.

We create, perform and teach exciting, original repertoire, forging a new style of taiko here in the U.K. Through our extensive training programmes for young people and adults, we seek to provide everyone with an opportunity to learn and perform taiko in a way that is appropriate for them.

We will help give taiko a national presence in the U.K. while seeking to improve understanding between cultures through international artistic collaboration.

Our Values:

  • Everything we do is based on four principles: attitude, technique, kata and ki.
  • We proceed on a basis of openness and uncompromising integrity, respecting ourselves and each other and behaving in a manner consistent with our taiko principles.
  • We believe, and our experience shows, that taiko training and performance can have a beneficial effect on people’s lives. We continually work for positive outcomes.
  • We seek to understand and teach the history and traditions of taiko, while building our own tradition here in the UK.
  • Taiko is diverse and heterogeneous. It is creative, not defined, prescribed or limited by any authority.
  • We strive for excellence. Equally, we believe that taiko is accessible and we endeavour to include everyone.

School Visits

We Can Come to You…

Kagemusha Taiko can bring a van load of drums to your school to run hands-on workshops for a day or half-day. Our DBS-registered staff work in primary, secondary and special schools, usually from KS3 upwards. We can be flexible in our approach in order to help you achieve the educational outcomes you require.

The most common approach is for us to run 4 workshops, each of about an hour, catering for up to 30 pupils at a time. For this kind of workshop, we need a large space (school halls are usually ideal), where we can make noise that won’t interfere with the normal running of the school.

This is just one approach. There are many ways to create a successful day of taiko, so it’s best to get in touch with us directly to discuss how we can achieve it with you.

…or You Can Come to Us

You can also join the growing number of teachers who bring a school group to benefit from the experience of learning in our beautifully-equipped Taiko Centre. With cheap accommodation available onsite at Hannahs, and other activities that can be booked (laser-quest, bush craft, cycling, archery and more), a residential experience can be hugely rewarding


THE TAIKO CENTRE is home to Kagemusha Taiko. It is located on the campus of Hannahs at Seale Hayne, near Newton Abbot, easily accessible by road or rail.

The Taiko Centre includes a large studio which provides not only rehearsal space for the company’s two groups, but an excellent space for workshops and courses.

Kagemusha Taiko run a range of programmes, from a weekly drop-in for adult beginners, to weekend residentials taught by international taiko teachers and artists. The Taiko Centre has also proved an ideal venue for visiting school groups, and for corporate workshops.

You can find our location on Google Maps, searching for “Kagemusha Taiko”, or use a postcode search: TQ12 6NQ



Supported using public funding by Department for Education and Arts Council England