KAMINARI UK taiko drummers are returning to the Milton Rooms for the third time with their Japan-themed musical show – Shiki: the four seasons of Japan.

Kaminari UK taiko drummers were formed 10 years ago and this show forms part of their anniversary celebrations. Taiko drumming has been gaining popularity in Yorkshire over the last 10 years, the group regularly perform at local charity events and festivalss. They will be joined by Michael Graham, an Asian music specialist who will play the koto (Japanese harp) and shamisen (banjo).

The show features musical pieces that celebrate the seasons, with a selection of traditional festival-type pieces, moody self-composed pieces and the appearance of some colourful characters from Japanese folk-lore.

“Although we are primarily drummers, we pride ourselves on the variety in our shows” said group founder Mary Murata, “Taiko has something for everyone, and we hope to share our love of taiko and Japanese culture with as many people as we can..”

This year, the group have chosen Parkinson’s UK as their charity of the year and so there will be a stall and raffle to raise money and awareness. Kaminari UK taiko drummers are at the Milton Rooms on February 29. For more information go to www.themiltonrooms.com