Saddleworth Concerts Society

2023 – 2024 season

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Save with a season ticket and by booking early. Special offer for young people.

Support us and subscribe to a SEASON TICKET – See all four concerts for just £60.00 (a saving of £12.00). CONTACT – Mrs Bernadette Montgomery, SCS Treasurer, for details. Tel: 07583 118314 or email:

SPECIAL OFFER: BOOK EARLY AND SAVE £2 ON A STANDARD TICKET (applies to tickets purchased prior to 3 weeks before the date of the concert!)

We hope you enjoy our season of live music. THANK YOU. 

We encouraged young people to enjoy the music we have on offer and tickets for school children and music students are just £5.

Tickets are also, normally, available on the door from 7.00pm before each concert.

As a BIG THANK YOU to all our supporters the Saddleworth Concerts Society is providing a SPECIAL OCCASION BUFFET at 6pm before this evening’s piano trio concert. Buffet tickets £10 – reservations no later than 22 November 2023.
(Enquiries to Brenda Roberts on 01457 875917 or email


Long history with focus on young talent

Saddleworth Concerts Society (formerly Saddleworth Chamber Concerts Society) was formed in 1975. It was cooked up by Roger Tanner, patron and begetter of so much that is worthwhile in Saddleworth and Ruth Gillespie, a comparative newcomer with long professional experience of concert promotion. We already had a highly successful four yearly Arts Festival, why not our own Chamber Music Society. Similar societies abound in large towns in the north west, but nothing nearer than Manchester, and though small, the group of Pennine villages which comprise Saddleworth has a strong and lively community spirit and plenty of amateur music-making.

The object of the Society was to put on high quality classical music concerts by professional musicians. The venue was to be the Players’ Theatre in Delph, now the Millgate Arts Centre. Loyal Saddleworthians rallied round, and a pilot concert by the Lindsay String Quartet in their early days was a success. We were to engage them at intervals right through their rise to international fame and final dissolution. The first full season opened with a big draw, the Kings Singers, who filled the Civic Hall in Uppermill. Thereafter all our concerts have been in the intimate and comfortable theatre in Delph, fitting in between the plays, in an uninterrupted series of four concerts a year. Only once, when we were completely snowed in, did we have to cancel a performance. In June 2014 the name of the Society was simplified to Saddleworth Concerts Society.

A small society’s funds are very limited, so we became expert in spotting young talent on its way up. The RNCM has been a helpful source. The Lindsays were a good augury, and many of the finest musicians have played in Delph in their early careers – Endellion, Sorrel, Leopold, Brodsky, Belcea, Nicholas Daniel, Paul Lewis – many names spring to mind. We have augmented our income from donations, and an energetic Fund Raising Committee run an Annual Dinner and Plant Sale, both highly successful. This enables us to engage some performers at the peak of their careers.

A Committee of six continues to develop our policy of engaging small ensembles of strings, wind, piano, etc, playing the classical repertoire from Bach to Bartok (and occasionally beyond), varied with forays outside the mainstream: a vocal group, early instruments, brass, percussion, a folk group from the Andes, a jazz concert, a children’s workshop, etc. We continue to please our audiences, which have remained remarkably loyal and steady. We run a yearly subscription system, augmented by single tickets, and the theatre is usually “comfortably full”. By this time a considerable family feeling has developed. Our performers feel the warmth, and respond to it, in what many music-lovers feel to be the greatest and most rewarding music to be found.