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 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.
Some Concert Band highlights
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, euphonium, trombone, bassoon and French horn. Contact Richard Moss (01477 533764) if you would like to know more.
A highlight of 2017 was our performance with the other KEMS sections in the KEMS 60th Jubilee concert at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Another consistent highlight of our year is our regular appearance with KEMS Choir at the carol concert in the Stable Yard at Tatton Park, accompanying hundreds of people and raising hundreds of pounds for charity. In 2017, this will take place on Saturday 23rd December
The Band likes to try different venues and formats. In 2017 we performed at Cheadle Royal shopping centre for the first time and will be returning in December for a seasonal concert. In previous years, we have performed in a quarry, accompanied a ghost walk round Macclesfield and performed with an alphorn duo.
We also enjoy performing with other musical ensembles; these have included both adult and school choirs, and a recorder group.
We have established a biennial touring schedule, with over 40 members and partners taking part in tours to Belgium and France, with a return to Belgium happening in August 2017.
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.
KEMS CONCERT BAND