Biography

Becoming a member involves signing up to a ‘season’ of Electric Umbrella at one of our three sites in Hertfordshire. Each season includes weekly music sessions, touring and performances opportunities. All members are over the age of 18 and whilst are of extremely mixed abilities, the experiences are tailored to meet and be led by the needs of each individual. Electric Umbrella works with 60 adults with learning disabilities each week, and members are at the heart of everything we do.

It’s all about MUSIC, JOY, FRIENDSHIP, TOGETHERNESS, MAGIC, WONDER and LAUGHTER.

The reach of Electric Umbrella goes way beyond the members we work with each week.  Electric Umbrella has become a community for our members and their families, also encompassing the musicians we work with and hundreds of others that experience the joy of Electric Umbrella by attending our gigs and events.

Run by Tom Billington and Mel Boda.

Tom is a professional musician with vast experience of being in bands, touring and making records together with writing music for circus, TV and film, community work and education. Tom has an exceptional gift for working with people with complex needs and sharing the joy of music.

Mel is a visual artist and HCPC registered art therapist with extensive experience of community arts management and working alongside adults with learning disabilities