Saddleworth Festival

of the Arts

Welcome to the Saddleworth Festival

The Saddleworth Festival of Arts brings an outstanding array of international, national and local talent to the area every four years. Formed to bring top-quality performers to the area and give local people an opportunity to demonstrate their talents the 2015 Festival setting was no exception to this rich tradition of high standards and varied entertainment.

The next Saddleworth Festival will take place in 2019 - the full dates should be announced soon. You can explore the site to see what took place at the Festival in 2015. If you would be interested in getting involved in the Festival next time, either as a performer or organiser, please get in touch with us via the contact form.

The first Festival weekend the London Opera Players brought ‘A Summer Night in Vienna’ to life and in complete contrast soul siren, Ruby Turner and her Band, performed their own brand of soul and rhythm and blues magic on the Sunday evening.

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

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

In addition there was 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 was also 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 it was nine days of outstanding entertainment.