East London Community Band (ELCB) Main Band
Director: Matthew Hardy
6.45 – 8.15pm Main Hall
Our flagship band, ELCB has players aged from 8 to 80, playing wind, brass and percussion instruments.
We perform several times a term, including in the National COMA Music Festival in 2018.
We’re a friendly group with a wide range of experience and abilities.
We play all sorts of music, with a good mix of well-known tunes and new pieces.
We play because we enjoy it, but we’re also proud to have won Silver in the National Concert Band Festival for three years running!
Director: Jonathan Ticher
6.00 - 6.30pm Main Hall
As soon as players have learned the basics of their instruments and can play the first few notes confidently, they will be invited to join Premier Band and with a little practice at home, this standard of playing can be reached within a term’s tuition.
Premier Band is great fun. It introduces basic ensemble playing skills and builds on these and develops confidence and commitment through the joy of playing with others.
The aim of Premier Band is to get players into ELCB as soon as possible. A beginner player should be able to achieve this within a year of starting to play an instrument.
Director: Matthew Hardy
8.15 – 8.45pm Main Hall
Anyone who is a member of ELCB can sign up to be in the Chamber Band. The repertoire is selected by the members and tends more towards classical music.
Arrangements are made specially each term to cater for the instruments that are currently in the group. Recent repertoire has included music by Fauré, Mozart and Poulenc as well as Also Sprach Zarathustra Fanfare by Richard Straus and Over the Rainbow by the Wizard of Oz.
Director: Isis Dunthorne
5.30 - 6.00pm Main Hall
A great way for our youngest members and our adult beginners alike to get to grips with basic rhythms and timings.
The whole family can get involved in the percussion ensemble which is held before the Premier Band.
Early Music Group
Leader: Kate Gould
Recorders and strings exploring renaissance and early baroque music, with an emphasis on listening to and communicating with each other to refine the performance quality without a conductor.
The music is chosen/arranged to stretch the skills of the group as a whole and of each player and often includes short solo sections.
Beginners are very welcome and can be buddied up with existing players.