Welcome to KEMS

Who we are
We’re a music society comprising four sections: a large mixed-voice Choir, an Orchestra, a Concert Band and KEMS Contemporary. (See links on left). Our friendly members, who cover a wide age range, have one thing in common: we take making music very seriously, always striving for the best possible performances.

The Society celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2006-7 with a performance of Verdi's Requiem at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

In 2017, the Society celebrated its 60th anniversary with a concert at the Royal Northern College of Music featuring KEMS, Choir, KEMS Orchestra, KEMS Concert Band  and the newly formed KEMS Contemporary.

Standard Season
The standard annual subscription covers the cost of joining the Choir, Orchestra,  Concert Band or KEMS Contemporary.

Subscription covers the cost of all music hire and costs associated with mounting concerts.

Optional extras
In addition to our standard season we organise a number of optional extra events and performing opportunities (some of which incur an additional charge) including a day-long workshop and a programme of summer chamber music groups.

Joining KEMS
We are always delighted to hear from singers and instrumentalists who would like to become members of our KEMS community.

The annual membership fee for a single section - KEMS Choir, KEMS Orchestra or KEMS Concert Band - is £95. If you would like to be a member of two or more sections, the annual fee is £150.

To download our Membership Application Form, click Here.

Most members find that the most convenient way of paying is by using our Bankers Order Form.
Our 2018 - 2019 season
Brian Law
Calling all Students!
KEMS is particularly keen to attract student members. If you are under 26 years of age, membership of KEMS is FREE. Please e-mail our Chairman Scott Thomson or our Treasurer Paul Spedding if you would like to know more.
10 November 2018
Choir and Orchestra: Concert at St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield at 7.30 pm
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Dona nobis pacem
HOLST Ballet Music: The Perfect Fool
BUTTERWORTH Banks of Green Willow
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Five Variants of Dives & Lazarus
FINZI The Fall of the Leaf
24 February 2019
Orchestra: Town Hall, Congleton
at 7.30 pm
ROSSINI Overture: William Tell
BILL CONNOR Anniversary Celebration for Congleton (première)
TCHAIKOVSKY Fantasy Overture: Romeo & Juliet
DVORAK Symphony No 9 ‘From the New World’
23 March 2019
Choir and Orchestra:
Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
at 7.30 pm
ELGAR The Kingdom
15 December 2018
Choir and Orchestra: Concert at St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield at 7.30 pm
All your Chrismas favourites including audience carols
Programme will include:
ROSSINI La Cenerentola
Massenet Suite: Le Cid
3 November 2018
Concert Band at St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield at 7.30 pm
100 Voices: A World of Difference
Music, spoken words and poems from Macclesfield
(in association with Macclesfield Youth & Community Programme Cre8).  
8 December 2018
Concert Band at Milton Parish Church,
Stoke-on-Trent at 7.30 pm
21 December 2018
Concert Band on the bandstand, Victoria Park, Macclesfield at 7.00 pm
23 December 2018
Concert Band with Choir at Tatton Park
at 3.00 pm
7 April 2019
Concert Band at Brown Edge Village Hall,
Stoke-on-Trent at 3.00 pm
7 October 2018
KEMS Contemporary:
SOUND SCAPE at The Lowry, Salford at 1.00 pm
11 May 2019
Orchestra: Concert at St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield at 7.30 pm
MENDELSSOHN Trumpet Overture
MOZART Concerto for two pianos
MOZART Adagio & Fugue in C minor for Strings
BEETHOVEN Symphony No 5
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Scott Thomson
Paul Spedding
Annette Butler
Rita Dawson
Steve Kleiser
Paul Reynolds
Paul Spedding
Scott Thomson

Katy Bradley
David Budgett
Gerald Coope
Tim Ward
16 June 2019
30 June 2019
19 July 2019
Gillian Sly
Richard Moss
Lorna Green
Laura Simpson
Stuart Blackburn
Lorna Green
Tim Ward
9 November 2019: KEMS Choir and Orchestra
14 December 2019:  KEMS Choir and Orchestra (Christmas concert)
22 December 2019: KEMS Choir and Concert Band
(in the Stableyard, Tatton Park at 3.00 pm)
14 March 2020:  KEMS Orchestra
15 March 2020: KEMS Orchestra, at Congleton Town Hall (to be confirmed)
April/May 2020 KEMS Choir and Orchestra (date to be confirmed)
23 May 2020: KEMS Orchestra

KEMS Macclesfield

About the Choir

About the Orchestra

About the Concert Band

About KEMS Contemporary

KEMS special events

Joining KEMS

The origins of KEMS

Contacting KEMS


Public responsibilities

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