East London Music Group's first commission, Strange Joy by Edward Nesbit, was premiered at Queen Mary University of London on 25 November 2015. A generous grant from the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust helped cover the costs.

In the work, Nesbit sets music to three poems by East London First World War poet Isaac Rosenberg. "On Receiving News of the War", "Break of Day in the Trenches", and "Returning, We Hear the Larks" are narrated by Joseph Hardy, and the performance is conducted by Matthew Hardy.

Flute - Sarah Bennett / Clarinet - Max Mausen / Saxophone - Jamie Fathers /
Trumpet - Sarah Campbell / Cello - Tatiana Chernyshova / Percussion - Sam Wilson