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The East London Community Band, formerly known as Tower Hamlets Youth & Community Band, has been making music since 1974.

The band serves all ages and abilities, our youngest members are 4-5 years old there's no upper age limit!

We run a range of musical activities every Friday night at the Shadwell centre, from smaller ensembles in a range of styles, low cost lessons, and our 'main band' where most players join in.

We are also developing three new jazz groups across the evening to cater for a range of musical tastes. We think ELCB is unique for the range of players of different age groups, abilities and backgrounds, the low cost lessons and bands on offer and there is a real sense of community spirit in the band. We also welcome families who want to participate in music making together, for example in our popular percussion ensemble/drumline.

Each year we partner with other local charities to raise funds and awareness. ELCB is a registered charity.

STAFF - Click to read more about them

Matthew Hardy

Director of Music


Rory Ingham

Director of Jazz


Suzanne Gorman



Zoe, Cass & Sammy

Comms Team


Bob, Richard, Jonathan, Filip & Sarah

Volunteer Committee Members

Summer Music Performance