Macclesfield Concert Band was formed as KEMS Concert Band in 2005 and its
membership continues to grow under the popular leadership of Julia Harding.
We play a broad range of light music: film scores, musicals, classical, jazz and
swing, and band classics such as Sousa marches. We perform in local churches, village and community halls, shopping centres and,
weather permitting, bandstands.
Macclesfield Concert Band is a community wind band whose members range in age from late
teens to 70+. We always welcome enquiries from prospective players; in the first instance,
please e-mail us brief details of your playing experience.
At the present time, we have a particular need for drum kit/percussion. Contact Richard Moss 01477 533764) if you would like to know more.
On 15th October 2017, KEMS Concert Band gave the world premiere performance of
Martian Saloon, by Christopher Schlechte-Bond. Click here to hear the BBC Radio 3 recording.
Some recent highlights
All our events in the past 15 months have taken us to different places in
musical and geographical terms!
The first event was part of the Building the Peace events that were led by the
Macclesfield Churches, including St. Peter’s. The initial idea and planning for Building the Peace had started over twelve
months prior to November 2018 and had been very much driven by Reverend David
Wightman. It was saddening that David died very suddenly in January 2018 and was not able
to see a concert in which our band provided music to match the reflective tone
of the evening and a collaboration with the leaders and young people of Crea8. I am pleased to say that the vision and scope of these events were recognised
with a Civic Award for KEMS (which included the Choir and Orchestra event) and
Crea8 as well as the participating Churches. Thanks to Karen Davies from the band who did so much to contribute to these
events and to make sure we were involved as part of the St Peter’ community.
For our Christmas concert we headed to Milton for a very successful concert – we were made to feel very welcome by the church and audience. Special thanks to John Mansfield for finding the venue and helping with ticket
For the first time, we were asked to provide music for the Carol singing in
Victoria Park – the evening seemed to go so well that we have been invited back again for this
The last event of the calendar year was the Carols in the Stableyard at Tatton – the weather was looking doubtful, so we found ourselves undercover and upstairs
which meant we were quite a long way from our audience, but the event was,
nevertheless, very successful.
In April, we travelled to Brown Edge Village Hall for an extremely successful
concert which included the premiere of Thor’s Hammer by Peter Hemsworth. Thanks again to John Mansfield for his efforts with ticket sales, advertising
and organisation for this concert.
On June 16th we made another visit to Chester Bandstand, battling against the
rain, sun and wind – I think that we all enjoyed ourselves and it was great to see the audience
enjoying themselves and relaxing in the sunshine!
The final event of the season was our ‘annual’ concert on the fine MacFarlane 279 bandstand of Victoria Park – again, the weather was on our side and Mr. Granelli sold a good number of ice
Our 2019-20 season has got off to a great start with a tour to northern France,
organised by Andrew Tyler. Over 40 members of the band joined the trip, plus some ex-members and
supporters, and we performed in Saint-Omer, Amiens and Cassel. Below are some
video extracts from the concert in Cassel.