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Macclesfield Concert Band

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.

Macclesfield Concert Band Music Director Julia Harding looks back on the 2019-20 season

Our year started with our fourth tour – this time to St Omer in France, with the first two concerts in public parks at St Omer and Amiens followed by our final concert in Cassel, providing entertainment for a Hen Party, a Biker’s Convention and an entire village!  Between the concerts, there were trips and tours exploring the local area, including restaurants and hostelries!  Andrew Tyler was our Tour Manager – thanks to him for all his time, hard work and enthusiasm.

The first concert of our season was at the United Reformed Church in Congleton which proved a very welcoming venue – thanks to Moira Taylor for initiating this.

Then we moved into Christmas – the Carols at Victoria Park were well-received and it looks like this is going to become an annual booking for us alongside the final gig of the year which was the Carols in the Stableyard at Tatton.

Our final concert this year was on March 7th when we took part in the International Festival of Contemporary Music organised by COMA (www.coma.org) The concert involved the Concert Band and Contemporary Ensemble from KEMS as well as Macclesfield Society of Recorder Players and Macclesfield Music Centre Adult Choir.  The evening concert was preceded by an afternoon of instrumental and vocal workshops led by Julia Harding and Lily Bracegirdle, a concert of clarinet and flute duets performed by Tim Ward and Julia Harding.  The object of the day was to showcase the music of composers who are composing music in our own time and we certainly did that!  It was good to have another opportunity to perform our ‘Martian Saloon’ piece which was specially composed for us a few years ago – many audience members remarked on how much they enjoyed it!  However, planning and working on this event took a good deal of time and effort – thanks to all the band but to Richard, Tim, Lily, Karen and Lorna in particular for their help and support.  

We did have a concert planned for the end of March but that had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.  We were also starting to make plans for a tour next year – that has been postponed too as we don’t know what restrictions will be in place post-Covid and post-Brexit.  

At the moment, in common with many other music-making organisations, we are waiting to hear when we will be allowed (and safe) to rehearse together again…the research around wind instruments and transmission of viruses is at an emergent stage and we just have to wait and see what happens in the next few months.  

As always, a huge thanks to the Band for their support in the last year and to the Committee for their help and support.

Let’s hope that we can all get back to some music-making soon.

You can contact the band committee either by email (click on the name) or by telephoning the Secretary.
01477 533764
Music Director
Concerts Manager
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.
Macclesfield Concert Band Director: Julia Harding
Julia Harding started playing the recorder at her primary school but really caught the music bug when she was asked to play the drums and cymbals in a secondary school production of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by David Bedford - at about the same time she had started to play a clarinet that used to belong to her dad.  
When the school formed its jazz band,  Julia started to play the saxophone and played in many concerts, school productions and shows.  She first played with KEMS Orchestra at this time - third clarinet in Verdi's Triumphal March!  She then studied for a BA in Music at Dartington College of Arts and  Master's Degrees at Reading and Sheffield Universities.

Julia assisted in founding the KEMS Concert Band. She teaches woodwind and leads ensembles in Staffordshire and Cheshire schools, has a private teaching practice at her home in Macclesfield and conducts the Newcastle-Under-Lyme String Orchestra. She has appeared with the Beckford String Quartet, the KEMS Concert Band and Newcastle Strings as a soloist.
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Macclesfield Concert Band rehearsals

We are currently rehearsing with social distancing on Wednesday evenings at 7.45 pm. Because of the size of the Band, we are dividing into two groups at St Peter's Church, Windmill St, Macclesfield SK11 7HS and Bethel Baptist Church, Calamine St, Macclesfield SK11 7HU.
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