YAMATO, the Drummers of Japan, are out to make a big noise in 2019.

And the good news is, they have a February date at Malvern Theatres.

A spokesman said: “The drummers will will return to the UK following their hugely successful 2017 tour.

“From February 2019 audiences across the country can experience Yamato’s innovative style; combining traditional Taiko drumming with spectacle and athleticism.”

The 12-strong ‘Taiko’ troupe will make a return visit to Malvern Theatres for one night only.

The spokesman added: “Yamato formed in 1993 with the aim of preserving the tradition of Taiko drumming whilst exploring new possibilities for the majestic instrument, the wadiako, and to create endless opportunities for the rich reverberations to be heard worldwide.

“Recognised as trailblazers in the Taiko world, Yamato has broken from the patriarchal confines of the style by including female drummers in the troupe from inception. Since then, the troupe has performed in front of 7 million people in more than 54 countries across the globe.”

Perhaps more physically demanding that any other drumming style, performers must not only learn the traditional technique but also engage in an intensive endurance training programme. Taiko drums can weigh up to half a ton and to strike them effectively requires the full strength of a well-trained body. Yamato’s troupe starts each day with a 10km run and vigorous weight training to keep themselves in peak physical condition and maintain the fitness needed for their nightly two hour performances.

The spokesman added: “The drummers will challenge themselves to their absolute limits both musically and physically.”

The date for the diary is Thursday, February 21.

Tickets: 01684 892277 and online at malvern-theatres.co.uk