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
Bethan Kelly
Julie Horner
Richard Moss

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

Bass clarinet
John Mansfield
Nana Whitlock

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.
Adopt a Composer
Following the band's acceptance onto the Adopt a Composer scheme, we have now had a couple of rehearsals of our new piece being composed for us by Christopher Schlechte-Bond. It is quite different from our normal music, involving whistling, whispering, vocalising and, of course, playing.  Initially we struggled to come to terms with what we were meant to do, but as we have familiarised ourselves with the piece, and as Chris has taken on board our feedback, we are enjoying the development process. The effects Chris is looking for include imagining a Martian desert and evoking a (drunken) jazz band in a saloon bar.  

The world premiere is scheduled for 15th October, and we are expect it to be recorded by BBC Radio 3.

The Adopt a Composer scheme is run by Making Music in partnership with Sound and Music and in association with BBC Radio3. It is funded by PRS for Music Foundation and the Philip and Dorothy Green Music Trust.
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