Saddleworth Concerts Society


Sahar International Short Film Festival

Just as summer arrives, with its fresh atmosphere, SAHAR will arrive once more in Saddleworth, for the SAHAR international short film festival, taking place on June 24th, at the Millgate Arts Centre.

The Millgate Arts Centre will, for the third year running, turns on its lights as SAHAR spreads its wings to host the pure ideas and creative thoughts of emerging and new filmmakers.

SAHAR International Short Film Festival, will this year see a variety of new dimensions added to the programme. Short fiction and documentary films, with genres including animation, experimental, psycho and horror, form the main event, with a new educational programme around specific issues in the cinema, including discussion sessions scheduled around the screenings.

On the sidelines of the event, festival attendees can enjoy music and dance on the stage, and observe an exhibition of posters and photography in the Art Gallery area of the building. This is an inspirational opportunity for lovers of art, literature and cinema to expand their experience and network, support emerging and talented filmmakers from around the world as they screen and celebrate their work.

Tickets are available on the door, at just £5 for the general public. (Films are suitable for age 15 or above.)

Edwina Rigby, Jun 4, 2017

Annual fundraising lunch announced

The Saddleworth Concerts Society is holding its Annual Fundraising Lunch at the White Hart, Lydgate on Sunday 19th March 2017. Entertainment by the Reul Duo with Cressida McKay Frith on flute and Steaphanaidh Chaimbeul on harp by kind permission of the RNCM.

Price £32.50. Further information and booking details by email or by phone from Brenda Roberts on 01457 875917 and Lynne Edge on 01457 872429.

Brenda Roberts, Jan 26, 2017

Fundraising plant sale

Saddleworth Concerts Society is holding a fundraising Plant Sale at the home of the Society's Chairman, Roger Tanner on Saturday 14th May.

Please try and support this event which also offers the opportunity to view the unique garden at Fur Lane House. For sat nav users the postcode of Fur Lane House is OL3 7PA

Roger Tanner, May 11, 2016

Musical Society perform in May

Saddleworth Musical Society will be performing Haydn’s “Creation” at Uppermill Civic Hall on Sunday 8th May from 7:30pm.

The Society is delighted to welcome guest soloists, George Hulbert (bass), Chris Dodd (tenor) and Marie Louise Lane (soprano), to join the choir in singing this wonderful piece, accompanied by full orchestra. The oratorio celebrates the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis and is regarded by some as Haydn’s finest piece.

Tickets, £12 and £5 (children and students) will be available via or by phone on 01457 874922.

Saddleworth Players, Mar 28, 2016

Annual lunch success

The Saddleworth Concerts Society annual lunch on Sunday 13th March, once again, proved a very popular event with 89 guests enjoying both the meal and the first class entertainment. This occasion is both an enjoyable social gathering and acts as an important ‘fund raiser’ for the Society. Richard Moore sang superbly and was very ably accompanied by Rachel Fright. Both appeared by kind permission of the Royal Northern College of Music.

Richard Moore - Baritone and Rachel Fright - Keyboard gave the following recital: The first set consisted of four very atmospheric songs by Jacques Ibert - Quatre Chansons de Don Quichotte. Chanson du départ; Chanson à Dulcinée; Chanson du Duc; Chanson de la mort.

The second set consisted of popular songs some of which were very humorous! Fred Ebb and John Kander: All I Care About from Chicago; Jerry Herman: I Won't Send Roses from Mack and Mabel; Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II:  Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific; Dominic Muldowney: In Paris with You; Three songs by Tom Lehrer: The Masochism Tango, My Hometown and Poisoning Pigeons in the Park; Michael Flanders and Donald Swann: The Gnu Song; Frederick Loewe: How to Handle a Woman from Camelot.

Richard Moore baritone. Richard grew up in Suffolk and is a graduate of Sussex University and the University of Granada where he studied Music and Spanish. He currently studies with Peter Wilson at the RNCM. Richard started his musical training as a boy chorister in the choir of St John’s College Cambridge and has held positions at Gloucester Cathedral and St Martin in the Fields. He maintains close links with St Martins as a member of its in-house professional consort St Martin’s Voices. He also sings for a number of other groups including Musica Beata, The Form Consort and The Armonico Consort. He has sung for Nevill Holt Opera, CoOpera Co, Welsh National Youth Opera, Opera’r Ddraig and RNCM Opera.  Recent appearances include chorus work and cover for Colline La Boheme (Nevill Holt Opera), Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas (St Martin in the Fields) and Chorus and cover for Raimundo Lucia di Lammermoor (Buxton Festival Opera) and cover in Badger and Parson The Cunning Little Vixen (British Youth Opera). He took a lead role playing Frank Maurrant in Street Scene (Weill) for RNCM Opera and has made several concert appearances in the North West including the Messiah in Uppermill with the Saddleworth Male Voice Choir. Richard was the winner of the President's Prize at the 2015 Bromsgrove Competition, winner of the Schubert Prize and twice winner of the English Song Prize at RNCM. He is generously supported by The Pimlott Foundation, James Caird Trust and the Francis Higgins Award.

Rachel Fright piano. Rachel started her MMus degree in solo piano at the Royal Northern College of Music in September 2014, studying with Stephen Savage and supported by the Helen Mackaness Award. Previously, she studied Music at Pembroke College, Oxford. At the RNCM, she has taken part in masterclasses by Robert Levin, Philippe Cassard and Kathy Stott, and performed as a soloist in the lunchtime concert series. In July 2015, she won the Clifton Helliwell Memorial Award. Rachel is interested in vocal accompaniment, and has received regular song duo coaching from Julius Drake and David Jones and been programmed with singers as part of the Bridgewater Hall ‘Introducing’ series, RNCM Spotlight concert series, RNCM Day of Song and St Ann’s Church concert series. She is an alumna of the Oxford Lieder Festival Mastercourse, which she attended in October 2015 with duo partner Joanna Harries (mezzo-soprano), receiving tuition from Roger Vignoles, Imogen Cooper, Robert Holl and Ann Murray. Rachel is part of the RNCM’s new Songsters initiative, which will involve forthcoming performances at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Leeds Lieder Festival and St Martin in the Fields, London.

Geoffrey Roberts, Feb 6, 2016