East Lancashire Concert Band
East Lancashire Concert Band

Welcome to the East Lancashire Concert Band 

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...

Opening the Heritage Museum, Accrington

Playing an informal concert in the Accrington Arndale Centre to help celebrate the opening of the Accrington Heritage Museum.


'Heroes and Villains', Blackpool Hilton   

Once again, supporting the 'Children of Chernobyl' charity ball 2017. The theme was ''Heroes and Villains'. Always thought the flute section were a little scary...

St George's Day Concert, Habergham

Celebrating the occasion with the Wellfield School Choir and Rose Hurley, a fantastic soprano soloist.

Charity Ball, Hilton Hotel Blackpool

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


BBC Radio WW1   Centenary

Preparing for a live broadcast from Accrington Town Hall to commemorate the centenary of 'Somme Day' during 2016. It was during this event that we recorded the world premiere of 'Letters for Home', commissioned especially for the event



Townley Park, Burnley

Opening the season of summer concerts in the parks of Burnley by playing on the lawn of historic Townely Hall as guests of Burnley Council and Friends of Towneley Hall. 



BBC TV Northwest Tonight

Lights, camera, action! Working with the BBC team to get the sound and lights perfect for the live Christmas TV broadcast that followed. This was an incredible experience for the band and one we won't forget in a hurry!



Brass in the Park, Padiham, Burnley

Playing this popular concert is something the band always look forward to - even though we are not a 'brass' band as such!


BBC Radio Somme Day, Accrington

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



'Autumn Serenade', Burnley

Playing in the lovely All Saints church at Habergham. The evening was a great success, made even more memorable by the fantastic performances  from members of the church.

On Broadway! Empire Theatre

Playing at the Empire Theatre to celebrate the  golden era of broadway hits.



Last Night of the Proms, Accrington

Performing at the bandstand with Rossendale Ladies Choir.

Our Supporters and Associates

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