First Friday Party with Sadler's Wells Culture Club: Taiko Meantime (Japanese Drumming)

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First Friday Party with Sadler’s Wells Culture Club: Taiko Meantime (Japanese Drumming)

June 7, 2024 - 2:00 pm

About the event

Join us this Friday for the First Friday Party with Sadler’s Wells Culture Club: Taiko Meantime (Japanese Drumming)

50 Spaces are available.


Taiko Meantime strike at the heart of Taiko drumming’s magic: an enthralling show combining traditional Japanese rhythms and techniques with eclectic, original compositions, enticing their audience to follow them on a musical journey. Taiko Meantime was founded in Greenwich in 2001 with generous support from the Japan2001 festival.

Their aim, to provide an enlightening musical Taiko experience is satisfied by numerous theatrical performances. They returned to Japan in 2010 to perform concerts in Wakayama. They performed for high-profile events at both the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, and featured in much of the press and media coverage for those events in the iconic setting of London’s Leadenhall Market. They have had appearances on both BBC (Family Prom in the Park) and featured in Channel 4’s ‘How Music Works’ series.

Mark Alcock, leader of Taiko Meantime, studied and performed Taiko drumming with the Tennon Daiko drummers of Wakayama prefecture in Southern Japan. His teachers include Katsuji Kondo, former front man of the Kodo drummers. He returned to the UK in 1994, and after playing with Mugenkyo and Joji Hirota, he founded Taiko Meantime in 2001.
Mark also leads Taiko drumming workshops, having offered the first hands-on Taiko workshops in the UK to members of the public.


Join us for this First Friday Party with Taiko Meantime, where Mark will be providing:

• An educational talk about Taiko Drumming

• A performance on the Taiko drums

• A participatory element featuring hand-held ‘paranku’ Taiko drums, for those who wish to join in in some Japanese drumming!

The hour will be followed by an hour of complimentary refreshments and socialising.

For those who are worried about their ears or who have sensitive hearing, disposable foam earplugs will be available to request via the front desk upon arrival.


Please note: Claremont have collaborated with Sadler’s Wells for this event. Sadlers will be sending along up to 30 audience members (members of their Culture Club). We therefore have 50 spaces available for Claremonteers, so signing up in advance via the front desk is crucial! On this occasion, if you do not sign up in advance, we may not be able to grant you entry.


Friday 7th June 2024

2 pm – 3 pm

New Hall

Tea, Coffee and Cakes guaranteed!

Please sign up at the Front Office before its too late.