60 years and still singing strong

Words by Matt Taylor

THE hills were alive with the sound of music as Saddleworth Musical Society celebrated its 60th anniversary with a memorable concert at Uppermill Civic Hall.

Saddleworth Musical Society

The Society launched its Diamond Jubilee year in May with a concert of delights that showcased the talent and variety of their choir, soloists and orchestra, skilfully conducted by Musical Director Harry Butterworth.

Reflecting on the event, the Society said: “The choir and soloists entertained a packed house with excerpts from musicals such as The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, South Pacific and Beauty and the Beast.

“They showed off their classical and operatic prowess to full effect with songs from Gilbert and Sullivan’s highly entertaining Pirates of Penzance, Handel’s Zadok the Priest and Gloria in Excelsis Deo from Vivaldi’s Gloria.

“The grand finale was an emotional rendering of songs from the ever popular musical Les Miserables, which brought the audience to their feet and calling for more.

“After such an enjoyable concert, it’s easy to see how the Society has thrived for 60 years and with more celebrations planned across the next 12 months, surely Saddleworth Musical Society will be on its way to its 75th and then its centenary year celebrations.”

First though, the 60th celebrations continue with a Diamond Jubilee Dinner on Friday, September 21 at the Civic Hall in Uppermill.

This is followed by the Society’s annual show production, which this year is Sweeny Todd by Stephen Sondheim. This will take place at Saddleworth School on October 30 – November 3.

And this year’s Charity Christmas Concert is on Sunday, December 16 at the Civic Hall and is in aid of Emmaus Mossley.

The final Jubilee Concert is another musical celebration in the style of the Last Night of the Proms and will take place at the Civic Hall on Sunday, May 12, 2019.

Further information and tickets for all SMS shows and concerts can be found online at: saddleworthmusicalsociety.co.uk or by telephoning 01457 874922.

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