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; click on the picture below to listen to an extract.
Standard Season
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.

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.
Our 2017 - 2018 season
Our 2018 - 2019 season
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.
Brian Law
To hear extracts from some more recent performances, click ‘Listen!’ on main menu.
4 November 2017
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
9 December 2017
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
Gabrieli Hodie Christus natus est
23 December 2017
Band and Choir: ‘Carols in the Stableyard’ at Tatton Park from 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm
30 December 2017
Band: Seasonal music in The Stableyard at Chatsworth House from 1.00 pm to 4.15 pm
2 December 2017
Concert Band: Cheadle Royal Shopping Centre from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
15 October 2017
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.
17 March 2018
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
17 June 2018
Concert Band: at The Pavilion, Victoria Park, Macclesfield (afternoon event)
Barnaby Festival: a talk about the bandstands of Macclesfield with musical accompaniment.
Admission charge to be announced.
23 June 2018
Concert Band: at Tegg's Nose Country Park (afternoon event).
Barnaby Festival: open air concert.
No admission charge
13 May 2018
Orchestra: Family Concert at Fallibroome Academy
Priory Lane, Macclesfield at 2.30 pm
BRITTEN Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
SAINT-SAENS Carnival of the Animals
ELGAR Wand of Youth Suite No 2
31 March 2018
Concert Band: The Bandstand, The Pavilion Gardens, St John's Road, Buxton SK17 6BE from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.
‘Buxton Easter Extravaganza’
No admission charge
28 April 2018
Choir and Orchestra: Concert at St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield at 7.30 pm
Programme will include
MOZART Requiem
MOZART Solemn Vespers
MOZART Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
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10th November 2018
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

15th December 2018
St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield at 7.30 pm
Christmas Concert

24th February 2019
Congleton Town Hall at 7.30 pm  
Orchestral Concert
ROSSINI Overture: William Tell
BILL CONNOR Anniversary Celebration for Congleton (première)
DVORAK Symphony No 9 ‘From the New World’

23rd March 2019
Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester at 7.30 pm
Elgar The Kingdom

30th March 2019
Shrewsbury Cathedral at 7.30 pm
Elgar The Kingdom  

11th May 2019
St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield at 7.30 pm
Orchestral Concert
To include BEETHOVEN Symphony No 5

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


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