PARIS TOUR 2015
The KEMS Concert Band undertook its second tour in August 2015
This time the destination was Paris where they performed 2 concerts on August
22nd & 23rd in the wonderful settings of the Jardin du Luxembourg and a park behind
Notre Dame Cathedral.
Tuba player Kerry-Rachel Murphy said “It’s not every day you do a concert at Notre Dame”.Under the baton of Julia Harding, who has led the band for the last 2 years,
they performed hits from shows such as Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera,
and Cats; jazz favourites by Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington, as well as
classical pieces by Elgar and Bizet.
The band is now in its eleventh year and has previously been on tour to
Belgium.With 42 players in the band, which is based in Macclesfield, but also
includes players from Leek, Wilmslow, Alderley Edge and surrounding areas, the
players were delighted to find themselves performing in front of audiences of
over 500 people on both days.The enthusiastic reception they received at both
venues made for even higher than expected performance standards.
As Kate Chappell, saxophonist said “Totally epic band tour of Paris this weekend playing fab venues!”
In addition to the concerts, the band enjoyed a trip on the Seine and our
wonderful drivers threw in an evening coach tour of the sights of Paris,
concluding with the lights display at The Eiffel Tower.
Several ex-members who have moved away joined the tour, a great indication of
band’s spirit. Plus some partners, friends and family, who provided logistical and
The tour concluded with a concert in the wonderful bandstand at Herne Bay in
Kent on the way home, where sadly the performance was cut short by a