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Antique valuations and appraisals

11.00am to 3.00pm,
June 11 to June 11, 2015, Saddleworth Museum

Tickets: A minimum donation of £2 per item will be required for the valuation with all proceeds going to support the Festival.

A team of specialists from Bonhams will be available at the Saddleworth Museum to provide auction valuations and general advice on antique jewellery, silver, ceramics, paintings, works of art, clocks... more details »


An afternoon with Simon Armitage

2.00pm, June 11, 2015, Civic Hall, Uppermill
Tickets: £8.00

Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield. He has published over a dozen collections of poetry including Seeing Stars (2010), his acclaimed... more details »


Duke Ellington jazz night

7.30pm, June 10, 2015, White Hart Inn
Tickets: £12.50

Alan Barnes together with singer Anita Wardell and backing from the Chris Holmes trio will evoke the era of Duke Ellington.

'Barnes plays music that was radical 50 years ago – hard, urban ... more details »


Ceilidh Dance Night featuring The Legplaiters

7.30pm, June 12, 2015, Civic Hall, Uppermill
Tickets: £10 or £25 (family)

Traditionally a Gaelic social gathering, a ceilidh is an evening to be enjoyed by all which usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing. The evening will feature popular local group, the ... more details »


Tasmin Little (violin) and Martin Roscoe (piano)

7.30pm, June 8, 2015, Civic Hall, Uppermill
Tickets: £17.50

Tasmin Little has firmly established herself as one of today's leading international violinists. She has performed on every continent in some of the most prestigious venues of the world, including Ca... more details »


Opera Gala – London Opera Players

7.30pm, June 6, 2015, Civic Hall, Uppermill
Tickets: £17.50

The New London Opera Players present A Summer Night in Vienna. Helena Leonard - soprano; Louise Crane - mezzo-soprano; Carlos Llabres- tenor; James Scarlett - tenor; John Morgan - baritone; ... more details »


The Lord Rhodes Concert - Northern Chamber Orchestra

7.30pm, June 14, 2015, St Chad's Church, Uppermill
Tickets: £17.50

An evening of music inspired by the English countryside including Delius, Vaughan Williams and the work of two local composers William Walton and Peter Martin with a specially commissioned piece cele... more details »


Put a Feather in your Cap

2.00pm, June 12, 2015, Millgate Arts Centre

A unique opportunity to make your very own fascinator with two award-winning Yorkshire based milliners. This afternoon tea party will introduce you to millinery techniques, using feathers and specia... more details »


Saddleworth Consort

7.30pm, June 10, 2015, Holy Trinity Church, Dobcross
Tickets: £8.00

Local chamber choir Saddleworth Consort joins with Mossley-based cellist, Melanie Jones, to present an evening of beautiful music on an intimate scale. The vocal programme includes charming madrigal... more details »


Saddleworth Male Voice Choir with guest soloist Wynne Evans

7.30pm, June 11, 2015, Civic Hall, Uppermill
Tickets: £12.50

2015 marks the 60th Anniversary of Saddleworth Male Voice Choir and as part of their year of celebration the choir will perform at Saddleworth Festival of Arts with Welsh tenor soloist Wynne Evans wh... more details »


Saddleworth Musical Society Festival Concert

7.30pm, June 13, 2015, Saddleworth School
Tickets: £12.50

A concert in celebration of British music. Saddleworth Musical Society was formed in September 1958 and continues to be the only society in the Saddleworth area performing a varied annual programme o... more details »


Saddleworth Singers

7.30pm, June 9, 2015, Uppermill Methodist Church
Tickets: £8.00

Saddleworth Singers with guests Rachael Gibbon (clarinet) and David Butterworth (piano) will perform folk songs, favourites, jazz and Jenkins. Founded in 1987 by Mary Bradshaw, Saddleworth Singers h... more details »


Simon Armitage Creative Writing Workshop

11.45am, June 11, 2015, Saddleworth School

Simon Armitage will lead a creative writing workshop with Year 10 students of Saddleworth School enabling them to explore the process of writing with a well respected writer who has experience of wri... more details »


Sing for Pleasure Choir & Holy Trinity School Choir

7.30pm, June 12, 2015, Holy Trinity Church, Dobcross
Tickets: £5.00 (children free)

The Sing for Pleasure Choir was founded in 2000 for 'people who just love singing' and together with its conductor, Chris Johnson, it has become well-known on the Saddleworth musical scene. Enjoymen... more details »


Arthur Smith

7.30pm, June 9, 2015, Civic Hall, Uppermill
Tickets: £17.50

Arthur Smith has become one of comedy's elder statesmen. He has long been a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe with shows including Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen, and Arthur Smith's Last Hangover bo... more details »


Festival Service

11.00am, June 7, 2015, St Chad's Church, Uppermill

The Rt Revd David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, will preach at the combined Festival Service and Inaugural Service for the incoming Chairman of Saddleworth Parish Council.

David Walker was bor... more details »


A Taste of Tango, with Tango 5 and Cicadas de la Noche

7.30pm, June 11, 2015, White Hart Inn
Tickets: £20.00

A rare chance to hear the thrilling sound of the Argentinian tango from Tango 5 who for part of their performance will be joined by the exciting dance duo Cicadas de la Noche for a display of tango d... more details »


Tasmin Little Masterclass

11.00am, June 7, 2015, The Lyceum Music Centre
Tickets: Tickets £5. Ring 0161 770 5660 or e-mail musicservice@oldham.gov.uk to reserve your places.

Tasmin Little, the international violinist, will be leading a Masterclass with three students from the Greater Manchester Youth String Orchestra followed by a short performance. Other members of the... more details »


Telemann Baroque Ensemble

7.30pm, June 11, 2015, Holy Trinity Church, Dobcross
Tickets: £10.00

A chamber concert from a group of professional and gifted amateur musicians who together explore the often neglected Baroque repertoire. Originally formed in 1977 the Telemann Baroque Ensemble have a... more details »


Ruby Turner and her band

7.30pm, June 7, 2015, Civic Hall, Uppermill
Tickets: £17.50

Ruby Turner was born in Jamaica and grew up in Montego Bay. Her Grandfather sang the lead in one of the Island's Gospel Groups. Moving to England when she was 9, Ruby has lived here ever since.

... more details »


An afternoon with Timothy Walker

2.00pm, June 10, 2015, Civic Hall, Uppermill
Tickets: £8.00

Timothy Walker is the director of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden. He also presented Botany – A Blooming History on BBC4. The four time gold medal winner at the Chelsea Flower Show will be ... more details »


Opera Gala – London Opera Players

June 6, 2015, 7.30pm, Civic Hall, Uppermill
Tickets: £17.50

The New London Opera Players present A Summer Night in Vienna. Helena Leonard - soprano; Louise Crane - mezzo-soprano; Carlos Llabres- tenor; James Scarlett - tenor; John Morgan - baritone; ... more details »


Festival Service

June 7, 2015, 11.00am, St Chad's Church, Uppermill

The Rt Revd David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, will preach at the combined Festival Service and Inaugural Service for the incoming Chairman of Saddleworth Parish Council.

David Walker was bor... more details »


Tasmin Little Masterclass

June 7, 2015, 11.00am, The Lyceum Music Centre
Tickets: Tickets £5. Ring 0161 770 5660 or e-mail musicservice@oldham.gov.uk to reserve your places.

Tasmin Little, the international violinist, will be leading a Masterclass with three students from the Greater Manchester Youth String Orchestra followed by a short performance. Other members of the... more details »


Ruby Turner and her band

June 7, 2015, 7.30pm, Civic Hall, Uppermill
Tickets: £17.50

Ruby Turner was born in Jamaica and grew up in Montego Bay. Her Grandfather sang the lead in one of the Island's Gospel Groups. Moving to England when she was 9, Ruby has lived here ever since.

... more details »


Tasmin Little (violin) and Martin Roscoe (piano)

June 8, 2015, 7.30pm, Civic Hall, Uppermill
Tickets: £17.50

Tasmin Little has firmly established herself as one of today's leading international violinists. She has performed on every continent in some of the most prestigious venues of the world, including Ca... more details »


Arthur Smith

June 9, 2015, 7.30pm, Civic Hall, Uppermill
Tickets: £17.50

Arthur Smith has become one of comedy's elder statesmen. He has long been a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe with shows including Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen, and Arthur Smith's Last Hangover bo... more details »


Saddleworth Singers

June 9, 2015, 7.30pm, Uppermill Methodist Church
Tickets: £8.00

Saddleworth Singers with guests Rachael Gibbon (clarinet) and David Butterworth (piano) will perform folk songs, favourites, jazz and Jenkins. Founded in 1987 by Mary Bradshaw, Saddleworth Singers h... more details »


An afternoon with Timothy Walker

June 10, 2015, 2.00pm, Civic Hall, Uppermill
Tickets: £8.00

Timothy Walker is the director of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden. He also presented Botany – A Blooming History on BBC4. The four time gold medal winner at the Chelsea Flower Show will be ... more details »


Duke Ellington jazz night

June 10, 2015, 7.30pm, White Hart Inn
Tickets: £12.50

Alan Barnes together with singer Anita Wardell and backing from the Chris Holmes trio will evoke the era of Duke Ellington.

'Barnes plays music that was radical 50 years ago – hard, urban ... more details »


Saddleworth Consort

June 10, 2015, 7.30pm, Holy Trinity Church, Dobcross
Tickets: £8.00

Local chamber choir Saddleworth Consort joins with Mossley-based cellist, Melanie Jones, to present an evening of beautiful music on an intimate scale. The vocal programme includes charming madrigal... more details »


Antique valuations and appraisals

June 11 to June 11, 2015,
11.00am to 3.00pm, Saddleworth Museum

Tickets: A minimum donation of £2 per item will be required for the valuation with all proceeds going to support the Festival.

A team of specialists from Bonhams will be available at the Saddleworth Museum to provide auction valuations and general advice on antique jewellery, silver, ceramics, paintings, works of art, clocks... more details »


Simon Armitage Creative Writing Workshop

June 11, 2015, 11.45am, Saddleworth School

Simon Armitage will lead a creative writing workshop with Year 10 students of Saddleworth School enabling them to explore the process of writing with a well respected writer who has experience of wri... more details »


An afternoon with Simon Armitage

June 11, 2015, 2.00pm, Civic Hall, Uppermill
Tickets: £8.00

Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield. He has published over a dozen collections of poetry including Seeing Stars (2010), his acclaimed... more details »


A Taste of Tango, with Tango 5 and Cicadas de la Noche

June 11, 2015, 7.30pm, White Hart Inn
Tickets: £20.00

A rare chance to hear the thrilling sound of the Argentinian tango from Tango 5 who for part of their performance will be joined by the exciting dance duo Cicadas de la Noche for a display of tango d... more details »


Saddleworth Male Voice Choir with guest soloist Wynne Evans

June 11, 2015, 7.30pm, Civic Hall, Uppermill
Tickets: £12.50

2015 marks the 60th Anniversary of Saddleworth Male Voice Choir and as part of their year of celebration the choir will perform at Saddleworth Festival of Arts with Welsh tenor soloist Wynne Evans wh... more details »


Telemann Baroque Ensemble

June 11, 2015, 7.30pm, Holy Trinity Church, Dobcross
Tickets: £10.00

A chamber concert from a group of professional and gifted amateur musicians who together explore the often neglected Baroque repertoire. Originally formed in 1977 the Telemann Baroque Ensemble have a... more details »


Put a Feather in your Cap

June 12, 2015, 2.00pm, Millgate Arts Centre

A unique opportunity to make your very own fascinator with two award-winning Yorkshire based milliners. This afternoon tea party will introduce you to millinery techniques, using feathers and specia... more details »


Ceilidh Dance Night featuring The Legplaiters

June 12, 2015, 7.30pm, Civic Hall, Uppermill
Tickets: £10 or £25 (family)

Traditionally a Gaelic social gathering, a ceilidh is an evening to be enjoyed by all which usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing. The evening will feature popular local group, the ... more details »


Sing for Pleasure Choir & Holy Trinity School Choir

June 12, 2015, 7.30pm, Holy Trinity Church, Dobcross
Tickets: £5.00 (children free)

The Sing for Pleasure Choir was founded in 2000 for 'people who just love singing' and together with its conductor, Chris Johnson, it has become well-known on the Saddleworth musical scene. Enjoymen... more details »


Saddleworth Musical Society Festival Concert

June 13, 2015, 7.30pm, Saddleworth School
Tickets: £12.50

A concert in celebration of British music. Saddleworth Musical Society was formed in September 1958 and continues to be the only society in the Saddleworth area performing a varied annual programme o... more details »


The Lord Rhodes Concert - Northern Chamber Orchestra

June 14, 2015, 7.30pm, St Chad's Church, Uppermill
Tickets: £17.50

An evening of music inspired by the English countryside including Delius, Vaughan Williams and the work of two local composers William Walton and Peter Martin with a specially commissioned piece cele... more details »