Many thanks to all those who supported our critically-acclaimed Festival this summer. We look forward to welcoming you back to our Autumn event in October 2022.
We hope you will join us for our next celebration featuring outstanding performers from around the UK. Be inspired by the very best live classical music in the heart of the beautiful Saddleworth countryside!
In July, superstar trombonist Peter Moore, principal of the London Symphony Orchestra, got USMF off to a spectacular start. Other Festival highlights included our Opera Gala on the final night, with music from La Boheme, Tosca, Carmen and Don Giovanni all sung by a superb group of professional soloists; and a pulsating evening with the Easy Rollers, a roaring seven-piece vintage jazz band. Find lots of photographs on our Uppermill Summer Music Festival Facebook page.
The concert information below will be updated soon. In the meantime, make a note of our Autumn Festival dates 20 – 23 October, and don’t forget to come along to our Coffee Concert on 24 September.
Festival Raffle Winning Numbers: 60, 36, 56, 54, 18
Peter Moore (trombone)£10.00
Sat 2 July, 12:15
Festival Songs of Praise£0.00
Sun 3 July, 18:30
Tues 5 July, 19:30
Sophie Mather (violin)£10.00
Wed 6 July, 12:15
Vocal masterclass with Kathryn Rudge£5.00
Wed 6 July, 14:30
The Pixels Ensemble£10.00
Thurs 7 July, 19:30
The Easy Rollers£12.00
Fri 8 July, 19:30
Opera Gala Festival Finale£12.00
Sat 9 July, 19:30
How to Book
Online booking will open on Monday 19 September. Tickets will also be available to buy in person from Uppermill Post Office.
All seating is unreserved, unless you are a Festival Friend (please email us if you wish to join); and all our concerts are free for under-18s, no ticket required.
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
The committee of USMF is extremely grateful for the generosity of all our private Sponsors and donors who have supported our Festivals since our first event in 2016.
In these uncertain times for the Arts during Covid-recovery, you might also kindly wish to consider making a donation in appreciation of our efforts this year and help us plan ahead with confidence. Any extra income generated in these challenging times will help ensure our continuation into 2023 in our present form and allow us to keep offering live music performed by the very best professional artists.
In recent years, we have welcomed the likes of the Endellion String Quartet, pianist Lauren Zhang, the 12 Ensemble, Scott Brothers Duo and mezzo Kathryn Rudge, and with your help we can look forward to more exceptional musicians visiting the beautiful Saddleworth countryside.
Please get in touch if you want to discuss ways you might like to support our work:
Post: 53, Netherhouse Road, Shaw OL2 7HY
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 accessible from the M62 or M60. If arriving by car, these post codes may be useful:
Uppermill Methodist Church OL3 6AX
St Chad’s Church, Uppermill OL3 6LW
Christ Church, Friezland OL3 7LQ
For the Methodist Church, parking is available at Saddleworth Leisure Centre, OL3 6HQ, about 500m walk from the church, if you can’t find space nearer the High Street.
If travelling by train, Uppermill Methodist Church is only a 10-15 minute walk from Greenfield Train Station, on the Manchester Piccadilly to Huddersfield line.
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.
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 short drive out of Uppermill:
The Three Crowns, Scouthead: where a warm welcome awaits.
The Old Bell Inn, Delph: offering its AA Rosette Awarded Signature Menu. Stunning 18th Century coach-house. Highly recommended.
The Kingfisher, Greenfield: for delicious pub food in a friendly environment. Chew Valley Road, nearer to Christ Church, Friezland.
The White Hart, Lydgate: listed in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2015 as a “top 50” pub.