Saddleworth Festival

of the Arts

Welcome to the Saddleworth Festival

June 6th–14th, 2015 will see the return of the Saddleworth Festival of Arts with an outstanding array of international, national and local talent. Formed to bring top-quality performers to the area and give local people an opportunity to demonstrate their talents this year's Festival setting is no exception to this rich tradition of high standards and varied entertainment. There will be nine days packed with outstanding events with something to suit all tastes.

The first Festival weekend is a feast of music to raise the roof of Uppermill Civic Hall. On the opening Saturday the London Opera Players will bring ‘A Summer NIght in Vienna’ to life and in complete contrast soul siren, Ruby Turner and her Band, will perform their own brand of soul and rhythm and blues magic on the Sunday evening.

Other talented performers in the Festival line-up are Tasmin Little, the internationally renowned violinist; Arthur Smith, well-known grumpy old man who will be putting the world to rights; and award-winning writer, Simon Armitage.

A final highlight of the event will be the Northern Chamber Orchestra who will perform music inspired by the English countryside for the Lord Rhodes concert which will be held in Saddleworth Church to celebrate its 800th anniversary.

In addition there will be the popular Tango 5 and Cicadas de las Noche; a talk from the Director of Oxford Botanical Garden, Timothy Walker; a Duke Ellington Jazz Night and a Ceilidh. There will also be a strong contribution from local artists and perfomers Saddleworth Male Voice Choir; Saddleworth Musical Society; the Telemann Baroque Ensemble and many more.

With exhibitions, gardens to visit and organised walks there will be nine days of outstanding entertainment.