Macclesfield Contemporary Ensemble is the newest member of the KEMS family.
Following a workshop exploring ‘In C’ by Terry Riley (led by orchestral director Tony Houghton), the KEMS Minimalists
group was formed.
This has branched out into exploring other small-scale contemporary and
experimental music which requires flexible instrumentation and varying numbers
The group meets on Sunday afternoons every two months and the atmosphere is fun,
welcoming and informal with lots of tea, cake and finishing with a glass of
All instrumentalists are welcome to come and join in. KEMS Contemporary does not
have a formal performance schedule although members of the group have recently
performed Sound Scape 2016 at the City Art Gallery in Manchester and at Buxton Festival Fringe.
For more information about Macclesfield Contemporary Ensembly, email Lorna Green.
Works explored, performed or under study include:
Terry Riley In C
Howard Skempton Sirens
Stephen Montague Dead Cat Bounce
Dave Smith Bunnahabhian
Jonathan Harvey Climbing Frame
Dave Smith Caol Ila
Dave Smith Bowmore
John White Drinking and Hooting Machine
Michael Nyman In C Interlude
Phil Cashian Mechanik
Paul Burnell Four Minutes, Four Daydreams
Julia Harding and Lorna Green Sound Scape 2016
SIRENS by Howard Skempton FOUR MINUTES by Paul Burnell