Year 3 pupil Jessica Moffatt and Year 6 pupil Matthew Hawes collect the award on behalf of Diggle School

Year 3 pupil Jessica Moffatt and Year 6 pupil Matthew Hawes collect the award on behalf of Diggle School

Children and staff at Diggle Primary School are celebrating one of the borough’s top musical honours.

At the recent Oldham Schools Music Festival, Diggle landed the prestigious prize for ‘outstanding contribution by a primary school’. Around 50 schools took part in the week-long festival at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, but Diggle came out on top thanks to its pupils’ exceptional performances.

The village primary, in Sam Road, was represented by children aged from 7 to 11. Among the performers were the choir, orchestra, school band and a brass quartet.

Head teacher Sarah Newton said: “We may be a relatively small school, but we have a big musical reputation. Around a quarter of our pupils play instruments on a regular basis and, when we attended the festival, the adjudicators were hugely impressed by the children’s talents.

“Music is very important to us. As well as being fun, it plays a vital role in children’s development, such as teaching new skills and promoting creativity, teamwork and confidence. The local community in Diggle – and in Saddleworth as a whole – also has a long tradition of producing gifted musicians, so we are delighted to be honoured with the outstanding contribution award.

“The children and staff at Diggle School are highly committed to music and we’d also like to thank Oldham Music Service for their big contribution to our success. There were some wonderful performances by all the schools at the festival, so we are incredibly proud to be recognised in this way.”

All of Diggle School’s Year 3 children play a brass instrument – and they have completed a double accolade for the school by performing at Manchester’s iconic Bridgewater Hall.

The seven and eight-year-olds joined other schools in a special concert with the world-famous Halle, experiencing a full symphony orchestra at first hand and accompanying them in a number of pieces.

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