Recreation in Saddleworth

14th Saddleworth Festival of the Arts
4th - 12th June 2011

Saddleworth Festival of the Arts is a weeklong event that takes place every four years. Its aims are to bring first class professional performances to Saddleworth, with tickets at affordable prices, and to provide a platform for the display of local achievements and activities. From modest beginnings in 1957 the festival has progressed to attracting major international stars as well as giving local organisations a chance to show their talents.

Past programmes have covered plays and drama performances; choral and orchestral concerts; jazz, rock and folk; story-telling, films and discussions; dance workshops, art displays, garden parties, gardens open to all, not forgetting spectacular fireworks displays – memorable events for all ages.

The 12th Saddleworth Festival of the Arts (31 May to 6 June 2003) attracted names such as Sir John Mortimer, comedian Ken Dodd, cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, the Ballet Russe, jazz singer Lilian Boutt, Antiques Roadshow expert David Battie and writer and broadcaster Gervase Phinn.

Local talent was also evident with an opening performance by the nationally acclaimed Dobcross Youth Band, with performances during the week from Saddleworth Male Voice Choir, Saddleworth Players, Saddleworth Consort, Uppermill Stage Society, Saddleworth Musical Society, The Pennine Singers and Saddleworth Singers amongst many others.

Web Links:

Saddleworth Festival of the Arts
The official website for full details of the Saddleworth Festival of the Arts

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