Uppermill Summer Music Festival


2nd – 9th July 2022

Welcome to Uppermill Summer Music Festival 2022

We hope you can join us for our week-long celebration and hear outstanding performers from around the UK offering the very best live classical music in the heart of the beautiful Saddleworth countryside.

 Superstar trombonist Peter Moore, principal of the London Symphony Orchestra, will be with us for the opening concert to play a selection of dazzling showpieces from his repertoire which he has played in concert halls around Europe. Be sure not to miss his special visit!

 Other Festival highlights include an Opera Gala on our final night – with extracts from La Boheme, Tosca, Carmen and Don Giovanni all sung by a superb group of professional soloists. You also won’t want to miss joining in our “Songs of Praise” celebration of anniversary composer Vaughan Williams at St Chad’s Church; or perhaps the unmissable, pulsating evening with the Easy Rollers, a roaring seven-piece vintage jazz band. Sophie Mather plays violin masterpieces, members of the Pixels Ensemble bring exquisite trios by Mozart and Bruch and talented young musicians from the RNCM complete the line-up.

 See below for all the information. Whatever you choose, be sure to pick up your tickets soon!

How to Book

Online booking opens on May 3rd.
Tickets can also be purchased in person from Uppermill Post Office or by sending a cheque payable to ‘Uppermill Summer Music Festival’ to: Stoneleigh Gatehouse, 53 Netherhouse Road, Shaw, OL2 7HY, clearly stating your ticket requirements and enclosing a SSAE.

Please note all seating is unreserved and under-18s are free, no ticket required.

Covid Safety

We would like to reassure visitors that all concerts will be managed carefully and in line with any current Government safety guidelines at the time.

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About the Festival

Support our festival

USMF is extremely grateful to all those who have supported our Summer Festivals since 2016. In these uncertain times for the Arts during Covid-recovery, perhaps you might kindly consider including a small donation when booking, in appreciation of our efforts this year. The extra income this will generate in these challenging times will be hugely appreciated and help ensure our continuation into 2022.

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Getting here

The picturesque village of Uppermill lies in the heart of Saddleworth, 11 miles northeast of Manchester and 4.5 miles east of Oldham and is easily accessible from the M62 or M60. If arriving by car, you may find the post codes given below useful. Limited parking can be found next to the museum or at Saddleworth Leisure Centre (OL3 6HQ) about 500m from Uppermill Methodist Church.

If travelling by train, Uppermill Methodist Church, our main venue, is only a 10-15 minute walk from Greenfield Train Station, on the Manchester Piccadilly to Huddersfield line.

Venue postcodes: Uppermill Methodist Church OL3 6AX;
St Chad’s Church Uppermill OL3 6LW

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Where to stay?

Whether you need a room for one night or for the duration of the Festival, there are a number of attractive places to stay in Saddleworth, all within a short drive of our concert venues. During your stay you might also like to head off into the stunning surrounding countryside, explore the picturesque village of Uppermill, take a stroll by the canal, or visit Dovestone’s Reservoir, the well-loved local beauty spot on the edge of the Peak District National Park.

Hotels, Pubs and B&Bs

Boothstead Farm, B&B, Denshaw – 01457 878622
Grains Bar Farm Hotel, B&B, Delph – 0161 624 0303
Higher Quick Farm, B&B, Lydgate – 01457 872424
The Old Bell Inn Hotel, Pub & Restaurant, Delph – 01457 870130
La Pergola, hotel & restaurant, Denshaw – 01457 871040
The Saddleworth Hotel – 01457 871888
The Shippon, B&B, Delph – 01457 872357
The Waggon, pub & restaurant, Uppermill – 01457 872376
The White Hart, restaurant with rooms, Lydgate – 01457 872566


Dovestone Caravan Park – 01457 820451
Moorland Caravan Park, Denshaw – 01457 874348
Well-I-Hole Farm, Friezland – 01457 834316


Where to eat?

Before coming along to our concerts, why not treat yourselves to a meal at one of our excellent nearby restaurants?

Please mention the Festival when pre-booking.

Dinnerstone: Anglo-Italian restaurant ideally set in the heart of Uppermill, opposite the Methodist Church, 99 – 101 High Street.

Rioja Tapas: the finest Tapas in Uppermill, 58 High Street.

The Shalimar: for the authentic Royal Indian Dining experience, delivered by award winning chefs, 103-107, High Street.

The Waggon Inn: a traditional pub offering tasty, excellent home-cooked meals, 34, High Street.

A 5 minute drive out of Uppermill, but please allow time for pre-concert parking:

The Three Crowns, Scouthead: where a warm welcome awaits, highly recommended.

The Old Bell Inn, Delph: offering its AA Rosette Awarded Signature Menu. Stunning 18th Century coach-house.

The Kingfisher, Greenfield: for delicious pub food in a warm, friendly environment. Chew Valley Road, nearer to Friezland.

The White Hart, Lydgate: listed in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2015 as a “top 50” pub.

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