Lily Bracegirdle Stephanie Burns
Michelle Bradley Sheena Cummins
Concert Band highlights of 2018
KEMS Concert Band
KEMS Concert Band was formed in 2005 and its membership continues to grow under
the popular leadership of Julia Harding.
We play a broad range of light music: film scores, musicals, classical, jazz and
swing, and band classics such as Sousa marches. We perform in local churches, village and community halls, shopping centres and,
weather permitting, bandstands.
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. Contact Richard Moss 01477 533764) if you would like to know more.
Our year started off with a return visit to Brown Edge Village Hall where we
were joined by the children of St Anne’s Primary School and a recording team from Radio 3 for our concert which
featured the world premiere of a piece written especially for us - Martian
Saloon by Chris Schlechte-Bond. This was the final part of the Adopt-a-Composer Scheme which is run by Making
Music and it is the second time that KEMS has won a place on this. Thanks to Chris, his mentor David and everyone else who was involved. I hope you heard our interviews on Radio 3! A special mention must also go to John Mansfield for working so hard on ticket
sales for this concert.
At the beginning of December, we made a second visit to Cheadle Royal shopping
centre to help raise money for the charity that Sainsbury’s was supporting – it was a bit chilly! Carols in the Stableyard at Tatton Park went as well as ever and a weekend later some of us went to play
at Chatsworth which was another cold do!
You would think that our gigs would have got warmer in the New Year but Buxton
in March proved to be another ‘character-building’ exercise as the temperature was near-freezing. However, there were some very hardy audience members who really seemed to enjoy
This summer we ‘hosted’ three events for the Barnaby Festival as part of its Roots/Routes theme. The first was a talk by Paul Rabbitts about the history of bandstands with
reference to the parks of Macclesfield and the second was a concert in Victoria
Park. The third was creating the ‘Fourth Bandstand’ at Tegg’s Nose – this included the world premiere of St Barnabas at the Fourth Bandstand by
Julia Harding and a first viewing of the installation Framed by Lorna Green.
Tegg’s Nose was a real high to end our season on – the weather was fine, the audience was happy and we played some music whilst
looking out over a wonderful view – it doesn’t get much better than that!
Looking forward to 2018/19, we will be taking part in the events to commemorate
the Armistice in Macclesfield, playing in Milton, Stoke-on-Trent just before
Christmas and returning to Brown Edge in March. Carols in Tatton Park and some bandstand concerts will also feature. Next August
we will be going on our fourth tour (to France).
This year, the band membership has been reasonably stable and several of our new
members have added to sections where we had missing instruments or enabled
existing players to move to new instruments so that there is a reasonable
sectional and instrumental balance. This will hopefully enable us to tackle
more demanding repertoire next season.
Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
On 15th October 2017, KEMS Concert Band gave the world premiere performance of
Martian Saloon, by Christopher Schlechte-Bond. Click here to hear the BBC Radio 3 recording.
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