KEMS Concert Band
Welcome to our 12th season!

The Concert Band was formed in May 2005 and has now established itself as an important part of the KEMS society. 

It gave its first concert on 16th October 2005 and now gives several performances each year to appreciative audiences at a variety of venues in and around Macclesfield.  Carols in the Stable Yard at Tatton Park has become an annual event and helps the Band raise hundreds of pounds for charity.  During the summer, bandstand concerts have been held in South Park and Victoria Park, Macclesfield, Leek, Chester and Buxton.  The Band’s first tour was held in 2013, and an even bigger tour to Paris took place in for 2015.  Belgium is again the choice for 2017.

Autumn 2016 sees us returning to Woodford Community Centre on 16th October. We round off the year with a Christmas Concert at Macclesfield Methodist Church and carols with KEMS Choir in the Stable Yard at Tatton Park on the Sunday before Christmas.
Interested in joining the Band? Email Richard Moss.
Our 2015-16 season contained the usual eclectic mix of musical performances
Our customary concerts at Handforth Dean, Macclesfield Methodist Church (with the Macclesfield branch of The Society of Recorder Players) and in the Stable Yard at Tatton Park were preceded by a concert at a new venue; Woodford Community Centre.  This concert, which was in aid of the charity End Polio Now, saw the band accompanying two alphorns in a piece called Alpine Cowboy as well as providing a performance opportunity for the children of Moss Hey Primary School.  £300 was raised for the charity.
The Band is thrilled to have been accepted onto the Adopt a Composer scheme run by Making Music in partnership with Sound and Music, in association with BBC Radio3, and funded by PRS for Music Foundation and the Philip and Dorothy Green Music Trust, and is looking forward to working with our composer, Christopher Schlechte-Bond over the new season. We will give you more news as the project develops.
Then in March 2016, at another new venue, Brown Edge Village Hall, a capacity audience enjoyed our usual selection of light music. Again, this concert provided an opportunity for the local schoolchildren, in this case from St. Anne’s Primary School, to demonstrate their musical prowess.

One of the band’s strengths is its willingness to give anything ago – as witnessed by our quarry performance from 2014 and the number of band members who participate in the KEMS Minimalists ensemble.  So it was no surprise that we were keen to find a way of joining in with Macclesfield’s Barnaby Festival and its theme of Space.  

After some racking of brains, it was decided thatwe would perform a piece called Ghosts, with KEMS chairman Scott Thomson narrating a tour of some of Macclesfield’s haunted venues. The band played in St. Michael’s churchyard, King Edward Street Unitarian Chapel and the Bate Hall pub while Scott led the sell-out crowd round the town.

Sadly, the season’s final performance on the bandstand in Macclesfield’s Victoria Park had to be cancelled because of rain and strong winds – a typical British summer.

So now the planning starts for 2016-17, culminating in our third international tour, this time based in Brussels.

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 moral support.

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 thunderstorm.
Joining KEMS Concert Band
KEMS Concert Band is a community wind band whose members range in age from late teens to 70+. We always welcomes enquiries from prospective players; in the first instance, please e-mail us brief details of your playing experience.

At the present time, we have a particular need for drum kit/percussion, euphonium, trombone, bassoon and  French horn. Contact Richard Moss (01477 533764) if you would like to know more.

You can contact the band committee either by email (click on the name) or by phone. Normally, we would expect the Secretary to be your first point of contact.
Michelle Bradley Sheena Cummins
Alix Fish
Ann Newton
Rachel Patel
Laura Simpson
Tim Ward
Helen Wilson

Katy Hart

James Scully

Maggie Blackburn
Bob Crawshaw
Molly Belfield
Kate Chappell
Ann Garmeson
Mark Gilbertson
Matthew Hodgskiss
Mike Horner
Sue Mackintosh
Janet Meadowcroft
Dave Shepherd
Sabine Vos-van Lijf

Bass Guitar
Andrew Tyler
Carol Hemsworth

Stuart Blackburn
Victor Ceban
Lorna Green
Heather Henshall
Maxine Holland
Lizzie Hopper
Julie Horner
Richard Moss

Viv Thorpe
Kerry Murphy
Stephanie Burns
Karen Davies
Jean Egerton
Carol Gatenby
Monica Gent
Mary Hirst
Amanda Lyons
Anne Macdonald
Jack Mansfield
Rebecca Mansfield
Andrea Moir
Gillian Sly
Jane Stephens
Helen Sutton

Bass clarinet
John Mansfield
Nana Whitlock
01477 533764
Music Dir
01625 617154
Concerts Mgr
07833 300395

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