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
Brian Law
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.
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 2.00 pm (Band from 3.30 pm)
Barnaby Festival: a talk about the bandstands of Macclesfield with musical accompaniment.
Tickets £6 from the Barnaby Festival office or website
23 June 2018
Concert Band: at Tegg's Nose Country Park
at 4.30 pm.
Barnaby Festival: open air concert.
No admission charge
13 May 2018
31 March 2018
28 April 2018
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Additional events will appear on this page as details become available.

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


Public responsibilities

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