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We’re trying a new offering for string players grade 4+ in the summer: the chance to play in an augmented big band / session orchestra.

The idea is to have a taste of trying another genre of music, and of course, have some fun doing it. We will likely be playing 2-3 numbers such as Cry Me a River as delivered by Michael Buble ( and Beyond the Sea a la Robbie Williams (

As we will be playing as part of a big band, which involves lots of loud instruments we need at least 20 stringers to sign up. If we can get this number then the day can go ahead. So please share this with anyone else you think might be interested (KEMS/Macclesfield Light Orchestra members?) and ask them to get in touch directly or via the MMC 'info' email.

The date concerned will be Friday 2 August, 10am-4pm at Parkroyal School plus concert 6-7pm in the United Reform Church on Park Green. During the day we will have some strings only sessions to get our fingers around the notes followed by rehearsal time with the big band. The cost will be £30 per adult or £20 per under 18.

There is still time to apply for this years Young Musician of the Year Competition, it's a wonderful performance opportunity for young musicians at all Key Stages in Cheshire East.

Please see below details of the Cheshire East Young Musician of the Year competition which will take place on Sunday 3rd March at Sandbach School cost per entry £5.00.

The competition is open to all pupils who attend schools in Cheshire East and offers cash bursaries for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed performers in each of the five following age groups;

Key Stage 1 (School year 1 – 2)

Key Stage 2 (School year 3 – 6)

Key Stage 3 (School year 7 - 9)

Key Stage 4 (School year 10 - 11)

Key stage 5 (School year 12 -13)

For each Key Stage group there are separate instrumental and vocal classes with an official accompanist available (at no cost to the performer) should participants wish to use them, piano parts must be submitted by 25th Feb.

It is entirely the choice of the performer as to what piece they perform as long as it is strictly within the allotted time (in attached document)

Deadline to enter this competition is 15th Feb, each age group will have a maximum 20 entrants.

For more information please see the attached document and for any students wishing to enter the competition, please do so by following this link

This summer get your toes tapping and hips jiggling while working on music from Latin America with pieces inspired by dance rhythms such as the mambo and cha-cha. Winds, brass and percussion places strictly limited to maintain full orchestral experience. Enrolment on a first-come first-served basis. Aug 19-23, 10am-4pm daily. Grades 5+ (4+ strings). See here for further info

This is the main piece we'll be working on at orchestra week
Danzon no 2 by Arturo Marquez.

We'll also be doing the Mambo from West Side Story plus other things specific to the individual sections.

We are organising (in partnership with Macclesfield Community Artspace), an event in Macclesfield for Chinese New Year. It will take place on Saturday 2nd February.
There will be a parade from Market Place at 11:45am to the United Reformed
 Church at Park Green.  Info on Artspace FaceBook page here

In the United Reformed Church, there will be music, food, art and crafts from  midday until 2:30pm. Chinese food tasters will be served, there will be a chance to join in with a Chinese music workshop, arts and crafts as well as being able to view art installations created by local school children including 'Whisper of Moths and 'Great Wall of Friendship'

MMC are looking to provide some percussion instruments for the Parade,  for children to play as they walk.

We have a number of opportunities to join MMC's Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees provide the direction and oversight of MMC’s operations and is an important governance mechanism for our status as a charity.

Becoming a Trustee doesn’t require any particular qualifications and needn’t be too onerous; as a Trustee you will be doing a good thing in helping MMC provide learning, playing and performance opportunities for all of our members.

If you would like to find out more (or know somebody else who might be interested) please contact Angie Aiken for more details. You can either speak to her on any Saturday morning or contact her at

We are looking forward to seeing you at our Christmas concert on the 9th December at 1:30 for 2:00pm - Tchaikovsky Nutcracker, Saxes, lots more.  Join us from 1:30 for refreshments and a chat pre-concert.

And here is our running order:

Intermediate winds 

Synchronised saxes

Main orchestra 

Big band

Full ensemble