Our groups play a wide range of repertoire, from classical pieces to movie themes, jazzy numbers and pop music. There is a performance at the end of each term in which all of our groups play for friends and family.
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. 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: Kizzy Brooks 5.15 – 5.45pm
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.
East London Community Band (ELCB)
Director: Matthew Hardy 6.45 – 8.15pm pm Main Hall
ELCB rehearses immediately after Premier Band in the Main Hall. It is comprised of wind, brass and percussion instruments and performs in public several times each term, both in our own concerts and other community and charity events.
The band is a friendly mix of people of all ages and a broad range of ability levels. Each term there is a wide selection of repertoire including straightforward pieces as well as some which are more challenging. There’s always a good mixture of well-known tunes and new pieces and the rehearsals are relaxed and light-hearted.
Recent repertoire has included: West Side Story, In The Hall of the Mountain King, Amparito Roca and a selection of Christmas music in the autumn term.
In 2016, ELCB entered the National Concert Band Festival for the first time and achieved a Silver Award.
Director: Matthew Hardy 8.15 – 8.45pm Main Hall
Anyone who is a member of ELCB can sign up to be in 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: John Bennett 6.00- 6.40pm Ground Floor Room
The jazz ensemble is led by trombonist John Bennett, a well-known and experienced jazz musician who has played at many London venues and featured regularly at the Vortex. John provides a supportive yet exciting approach to developing the necessary skills to play jazz with confidence and imagination.
This group offers newcomers the security of playing in an group whilst providing opportunities to improvise and play solos for those who wish to do so. The Jazz ensemble is open to players of all ages.
Early Music Ensemble
Coach: Matthew Hardy 5.30 – 6.30pm Ground Floor Room
The Early Music Ensemble is a member-led group including recorders and strings which receives coaching each week from Matthew Hardy, the director of ELCB.