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. 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 2016 - 2017 season
Calling all Students!
Orchestra members
Brian Law
To hear extracts from some more recent performances, click ‘Listen!’ on main menu.
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.
22 October 2016
Orchestra: ‘Salute to the Somme’ Concert at New Mills Arts Theatre at 7.00 pm. A special event to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The orchestra will provide the soundtrack to the original fim of scenes from the battle, shot on location. Admission free, by ticket only.
12 November 2016
Choir and orchestra: Concert at St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield at 7.30 pm
BERLIOZ Ov: Les Francs Juges
GOUNOD Petite Symphonie for wind
SAINT-SAËNS Danse Macabre
KEMS Choir & Orchestra
17 December 2016
Choir and orchestra: Christmas Concert at St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield at 7.30 pm
TCHAIKOVSKY Suite: Swan Lake
Choral items
Carols for audience
18 December 2016
Carols in the Stableyard
Choir and Band: Tatton Park from 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm
19 February 2017
Cheadle Royal shopping centre from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
23 February 2017
“Sound Scape” by Lorna Green and Julia Harding with members of the Band in Manchester Art Gallery’s Thursday Lates programme at 7.00 pm.
25 February 2017
Orchestra: Concert at St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield  at 7.30 pm.
IRELAND A London Overture
ARNOLD English Dances
9 April 2017
Choir, orchestra and band: 60 th Anniversary Gala Concert at RNCM at 7.00 pm.
Robert Russell Bennett Suite of Old American Dances
Adam Gorb Eine Kleine Yiddishe Ragmusik
Aaron Copland Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Orff O Fortuna (Carmina Burana)
Mozart Ave Verum Corpus
Brahms How lovely are thy dwelling (Requiem)
Verdi Va pensiero (Nabucco) 
Verdi Dies Irae (Requiem) 
Rachmaninov Vespers
Pietro Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana
Mendelssohn Then shall your light shine forth (Elijah)
Tippett A child of our time
Handel Coronation Anthem
Handel Hallelujah Chorus (Messiah)
13 May 2017
Orchestra: Concert at St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield  at 7.30 pm.
BEETHOVEN Overture: Fidelio
MOZART Sinfonia Concertante
10 December 2016
Band: Christmas Concert at Macclesfield Methodist Church  at 7.30 pm.
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2 July2017
20 May 2017
Choir with jazz quartet  and soloist: Jazz at teatime at St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield at 4.30 pm.
19 July 2017

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