POCKLINGTON Arts Centre is banging the drum for fitness with a weekly Taiko drumming workshop from February 23.

The six-week course will be led by the Tengu School of Taiko tutor Jared Hardwick and is suitable for beginners and improvers, aged 12 and over. All equipment will be provided.

The workshop is designed to improve fitness and boost energy as participants learn a new skill in sessions from 10am to 11.30am each Saturday from February 23 to April 6, excluding March 23.

Arts centre director Janet Farmer says: "I was fortunate enough to take part in a one-off Taiko drumming workshop here last year, which was a complete sell-out, and I absolutely loved it.

“It was a fantastic atmosphere and a really fun way to work out, so if you’re looking for something a little bit different to hitting the gym, I would highly recommend this course."

The energetic performing art of Taiko drumming has been an important part of Japanese culture for hundreds of years. Taiko performances use different styles and sizes of Japanese drum – known as Wadaiko – that can be played in many different positions and ways.

"Playing Taiko is not only about hitting a drum to make a sound," says Janet. "It involves body movement, balance, energy, stamina, co-ordination, self-control and self-awareness and unites mind, body and spirit, akin to many martial arts.

"Playing in a Taiko group is an exhilarating experience and one you will not forget. The sheer energy created is immense."

The course costs £45, concessions £39. For more information, or to book a place, call 01759 301547 or visit pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk.

Charles Hutchinson