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
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; click on
the picture below to listen to an extract.
The standard annual subscription covers the cost of joining the Choir, Orchestra
or Concert Band.
There are over 30 two-hour rehearsals each season led by our professional
musical directors, and the subscription covers the cost of all music hire and
costs associated with mounting concerts.
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.
To hear extracts from some more recent performances, click ‘Listen!’ on main menu.
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.
Choir and Orchestra: Concert at St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield at 7.30 pm
BERNSTEIN Overture: Candide
STRAVINSKY Symphonies of wind instruments
COPLAND Down a Country Lane
BERNSTEIN Divertimento for Orchestra
BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms
Choir and Orchestra: Christmas Concert at St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield at 7.30 pm
All your favourite music for the festive season
including audience carols. Programme will include
BILL CONNOR Suite: Christmas Revisited
MONTEVERDI Beatus Vir
Gabrieli Hodie Christus natus est
Band and Choir: ‘Carols in the Stableyard’ at Tatton Park from 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Band: Seasonal music in The Stableyard at Chatsworth House from 1.00 pm to 4.15
Concert Band: Cheadle Royal Shopping Centre from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Concert Band: Concert at Brown Edge Village Hall, St Anne’s Vale, Brown Edge ST6 8TA at 3.00 pm
Programme will include world premiere of work by the
Band’s ‘Adopt-a-composer’ Christopher Schlechte-Bond.
Orchestra: Concert at St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield at 7.30 pm
GRIEG Peer Gynt Suite No 1
MOZART Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola
GRIEG Peer Gynt Suite No 2
SIBELIUS Symphony No 1
Concert Band: at The Pavilion, Victoria Park, Macclesfield 2.00 pm (Band from
Barnaby Festival: a talk about the bandstands of Macclesfield with musical accompaniment.
Tickets £6 from the Barnaby Festival office or website
Concert Band: at Tegg's Nose Country Park
at 4.30 pm.
Barnaby Festival: open air concert.
No admission charge
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Last updated: 22nd March 2018
Additional events will appear on this page as details become available.