Stage set for return of Uppermill Summer Music Festival spectacle

THIS year’s eagerly anticipated Uppermill Summer Music Festival once again promises to be a truly memorable 10 days of music making from July 4-13.

There is an exciting schedule packed with visiting international artistes as well as emerging young professionals in what is a friendly celebration of classical music.

The ever-expanding Festival, which is now in its third year, is a major addition to the cultural life of the local area and a popular date on the calendar.

This year’s event includes eight professional concerts plus masterclasses, a schools’ concert and the Grand Final of the Festival Competition for 16-18 year olds. 

USMF makes a visit to St Chad’s Church for the first time this year for a concert by the Marici Saxophone Quartet on Friday, July 6. 

This London-based group is sure to dazzle with a performance of tracks from their hotly-awaited debut album ‘Light’. It is a wonderful chance to hear why they have such an international following on social media, including over 800,000 views of their YouTube channel.

Other highlights during the week include the welcome return of a number of familiar Festival faces, including opera singer and former BBC New Generation Artist Kathryn Rudge with a programme of works remembering Kathleen Ferrier.

There will also be performances from virtuoso violinist Sophie Rosa teaming up with Serbian accordionist Miloš Milivojević for an evening inspired by Dance in its many forms, and the prize-winning Zelkova Quartet with horn-player Tom Redmond in Mozart on the opening gala night. 

The Festival will take place from Wednesday, July 4 to Friday, July 13. Full details of all events are available on the website: www.usmf.uk

Tickets for most evening concerts are £8, with a full festival ticket priced just £60. Admission for all under-18s is free. Tickets can be purchased online or from Uppermill Post Office. 

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