Music master gets award from school

Organist Philip Tordoff who received an award from Hipperholme Grammar School headteacher Dr John Scarth at the school's 50th Founders' Day service.
Organist Philip Tordoff who received an award from Hipperholme Grammar School headteacher Dr John Scarth at the school's 50th Founders' Day service.

A FORMER music master was recognised for his service to a Calderdale school.

Philip Tordoff picked up an award for his dedication, commitment and service to Hipperholme Grammar School at the school’s 50th Founders’ Day service

The service was held at St John’s Church, Coley – the spiritual and religious home of the school.

Mr Tordoff has played the organ at the church since 1997.

He has played at all the school’s Founders’ Day services since then.

Headmaster John Scarth, who presented Mr Tordoff with a gift from the sdchool, said: “This is a remarkable achievement from a remarkable man.

“We offer our most sincere thanks to Philip for his outstanding service to this school.”

Mr Tordoff was born in Cleckheaton and educated locally before moving on to Downing College, Cambridge, where he was an organ scholar.

He joined the staff of Hipperholme Grammar School as its first ever music master in 1961. This year’s service was noteworthy as it was also the first time the senior and junior schools have celebrated the annual event together.

The Rev Mark Madeley gave thanks for the school’s founders and benefactors. Students from the senior school led the readings during the service.

Both junior and senior choirs and the brass ensemble provided musical interludes.

Pupils and their families brought harvest gifts to be distributed to charities.

The Founders’ Day Service is a time for staff and pupils to celebrate the achievements and successes of the school.

This year it coincided with the school’s open day allowing prospective, pupils and parents to experience the traditions and character of the school, which opened in 1648.