Macclesfield Concert Band
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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 percussion (kit/mallet) and euphonium players. Contact Richard Moss (01477 533764) if you would like to know more.

Macclesfield Concert Band Music Director Julia Harding looks back on the 2021-22 season

It is with great joy that I have deleted my ‘pandemic seating plan and playing rota’ file as we have been able to return properly to our normal rehearsal format. It is pleasing to report that most of the band have felt able to return to rehearsal too.
It’s also important to record that May 2022 marked the start of the band’s seventeenth season – what a long way we have come in that time and our first concert in West Park all those years ago!

Sadly, we said goodbye to Mary Hirst this year – Mary had been in the band almost from the beginning and for several years she had the stressful task of being our Band Librarian. Also, Jack Mansfield stepped down from the Band Committee – we thank him for his contribution to the band.  

We started this season with a concert on the bandstand at Victoria Park (postponed from the summer) – the weather held for us, and we had a good audience. Then we followed this with a concert a Trinity Church in Congleton which is an excellent venue with very helpful volunteers. At Christmas, we returned to our normal schedule of Carols on the Bandstand at Victoria Park and Carols in the Stableyard at Tatton Park.

At the beginning of 2022, we received a donation of a huge amount of music from Entrust Music Service Staffordshire – most of this has now been sorted and catalogued by members of the band and surplus sets of music have also been sent to other bands. We are very grateful for this donation as it comprises repertoire that is (mostly) new to us. We spent the rehearsals from January to March exploring some of these pieces, but we have a lot more music to explore! Thank you to all the members of the band who have helped with cataloguing and sorting out the music.

In the summer term, we have two bandstand concerts (Leek on Sunday 12th June, Victoria Park on Sunday 3rd July).  

We’ll be going on our fifth tour in August – this time we are going to Norfolk, and we’ll be playing in Ely, Great Yarmouth and Norwich. Thanks to Kathryn Moore for all her work on this – let’s hope we get some good weather!

It just remains for me to say to all the band and the committee for their continued support and hard work – well done and thank you for sticking with everything through the last couple of difficult years.  

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

 Rehearsals are held each Wednesday evening 7:45 to 9:45 pm at St. Peter's Church, Windmill Street, Macclesfield SK11 7HS.
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