Taiko Mynydd Du

Taiko Mynydd Du

Taiko Mynydd Du was the first community Taiko drumming group in Wales, set up in 2008 by Ursula Frank. The group developed from the regular workshops that happen near Crickhowell and has had more than 20 different members since it began, ranging in age from 20s to 60s, some travelling considerable distances to play with us. We aim to have fun, develop our skills, repertoire and creativity, gently expand our limits and take the opportunities that come our way to showcase what we do and inspire people to have a go themselves. We are also very interested in developing Taiko for Arts in Health settings.

Following the ‘Get Creative’ event in Abergavenny, people said,

“Excellent energetic fun!”

“Well worth the drive from Hereford!”

“I’ve tried it before and forgotten just how good it is.”

“Lots of fun, had a great time. Definitely see and feel the benefits of Taiko drumming.”

“What a fantastically different thing to do. I feel musical when I didn’t think I was! Thanks!”

Introductory Courses

If you are a beginner or want to brush up your basic skills, our Introductory courses will give you a great foundation. We teach basic skills and techniques, use simple pieces to develop our playing and provide an opportunity to discover the joy of playing Taiko in a group. Our next course starts in September 2017.

Taiko Intensive Practice Sessions: 

New for 2017

Intensive practice sessions for people age 16+ at Glangrwyney Village Hall (on the A40 between Abergavenny and Crickhowell, for directions click map).

If you are keen to develop your Taiko skills then this is a great opportunity. Sessions run for 3 hours on either a Saturday or a Sunday and are a mixture of exercises and drills designed to challenge players of all levels of experience. The sessions are led by members of Taiko Mynydd Du or guest teachers. 

One Day Workshops: Based at Glangrwyney Village Hall, (map) our one day workshops are a chance to work more intensively with inspiring Taiko teachers from across the UK. The day workshops  take place 2 or 3 times a year are suitable for anyone age 16+ and there are options for whole or half day participation. The sessions may cover basic technique, skills development and learning new pieces or different Taiko styles.

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Please visit our calendar of events page for details of current courses, workshops and practice dates.

TPERFORMANCES ~ Taiko Mynydd Du has played at many events and festivals in South Wales and beyond, including Talgarth festival, Merthyr Tydfil Global Village, Crickhowell Festival, Hay on Fire Festival, Newport Big Splash Festival finale, Walking Festival, Crickhowell, Caerleon festival, Kingfest, Mallyfest and Feral Flea Fest, Herefordshire.

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Please get in touch if you are interested in a Taiko performance at your event


Find out more

We welcome enquires from anyone who is interested in learning more about Taiko, either for yourself or for your organisation.

Please get in touch if you would like us to come and work with your group. We can provide custom made workshops to suit your requirements and venue.

To keep up to date with performance dates or workshop opportunities you can also join our group on facebook to find out more or contact ursula.taiko@gmail.com

  CONTACT TAIKO MYNYDD DU ~  Email: ursula.taiko@gmail.com
Phone: 01873 812215

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