ANTHONY HOUGHTON conducts KEMS Orchestra and is founder and conductor of KEMS Concert Band. He was born in Warrington but brought up in the Lincolnshire countryside near Grimsby, where he attended the Choir School and played Clarinet with the Youth Orchestra. After study at the Royal Manchester College of Music (now the RNCM) he settled in Manchester working as a freelance Clarinet and Saxophone recitalist, orchestral and session player. He was Principal Clarinet of the Northern Ballet and Manchester Camerata Orchestras for many years and played regularly with the Hall é, BBC, Opera North and other UK orchestras.
Anthony is Instrumental Tutor, Chamber Music Organizer and Ensemble Director at the Music Department of Sheffield University; Clarinet and Saxophone Teacher at Manchester Grammar School and acts as Adjudicator at music festivals and competitions.
He is on the executive of the national symphonic band organization (BASBWE) and, in addition to directing the KEMS Orchestra and Concert Band, is Conductor of the Sheffield University Wind Orchestra with whom he has directed performances in the UK and Europe.
A lifetime enthusiasm for the intimacy of chamber music and a continuing professional activity in this field has fed Anthony ’s long time passion for enabling chamber music and ensemble participation in others at many levels.