A show of taiko

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Although most of the festivities’ musical content is classical and/or orchestral, the programme also features other major concerts.

Popular roots duo Show of Hands, consisting of Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, will again be joined by singer and bass-player Miranda Sykes at the New Theatre Royal (June 17).

And the Mungenkyo Taiko Drummers, who have performed at the Last Night of the Proms, will interweave thundering rhythms on taiko drums with delicate sounds of bamboo flute in a display of choreographed athleticism at the Anglican cathedral (June 21).