The East Lancashire Concert Band (ELCB) is a successful wind band based in the northwest of England. Thanks to the dedication and musicianship of its members, the band has grown from strength to strength but still upholds the simple ethos upon which it was founded - to provide an entertaining and aspiring environment for musicians of all ages.
As a concert band, we play a wide-ranging reportoire to suit every occasion: from cool rock to classical, from musicals to military spectaculars, from swing to samba. The spectrum of venues in which we have played is testament to this - concert halls, football grounds, castles, hotels, theatres, art galleries, parks, churches, carnivals and 'Last Night of the Proms' events in the grounds of stately homes. We've also been very fortunate to have been asked to perform a live session for BBC Radio in one of their studios.
Over recent years, the band has enjoyed a reputation for playing great music - but its history is no less prestigious . 2017 was a signficant year for the band, as we celebrated our 175th anniversary. We've come a long way, but we're equally proud of our unique past. During September 1914, under its original name, the Accrington Old Band was reported by the Accrington Observer as leading the parade of the newly formed Accrington Pals Battalion.
Today, the band still honours the brave actions of the 'Pals'. We perform commemorative concerts with many organisations, including the Royal British Legion and the BBC, with whom the band recorded their first 'world premiere'. Letters for Home was a three-part piece specially commissioned for the band to commemorate the centenary of the start of the 'Great War'.
From our Archives...
Celebrating 'The Magic of the Musicals' with Linda Nolan and her charity during 2015. The band played a number of West-End favourites and supported Blackpool's talented new young vocalist Jessica Allen as part of a gala fund-raiser for Children of Chernobyl charities
Playing to a full audience in the Town Hall ballroom, this live broadcast hosted by Sally Naden featured some of the bands renowned works such as 'Letters for Home' and the 'Pals March' . The band also peformed a joint piece with famed tenor Sean Ruane and the BAE Systems Choir
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