AN ORGANIST who received an MBE for her services to music, has died aged 85.
Enid Walker was involved with music all her life, dedicating over 60 years to playing the organ at several local churches.
She was born in Outlane in 1924 and left Outlane School at the age of 14 to begin work in textile mills.
Her musical talents were clear from an early age, as she began playing the piano at the age of eight and had moved to the organ at 12.
Miss Walker trained throughout her teens until she gained the diplomas of Fellow to the Royal College of Organists and Licentiate of The Royal Academy of Music.
She went on to win many accolades, including trophies at the Mrs Sunderland music competition and Blackpool Musical Festival.
And in 2004, Miss Walker was honoured for her services to music with an MBE, presented to her by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.
Miss Walker began her organ playing days at Outlane Methodist Church, where she stayed for nine years before moving on to play at Linthwaite Methodist Church. After 16 years she went to Huddersfield Methodist Mission to play and then moved on to St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Halifax where she remained organist for over 30 years.
There she formed the junior choir and was also responsible for the senior choir and a young marrieds’ musical group.
As well as becoming an asset to the community for her playing abilities, Miss Walker also passed on her musical talent to others.
Her commitment here prompted fellow parishioner Elizabeth Potter to comment: “There cannot be many churches where you have to queue to speak to the organist after the service.
“People marvel at her energy.
“ We are blessed with an organist who gives all of herself to everyone.”
Miss Walker taught hundreds of children, her commitment to music education going beyond the usual responsibilities as she would often help with transport and providing extra lessons close to exams.
Her interest in her pupils’ lives and achievements continued long after their piano lessons were over and many former pupils stayed in touch with her.
President of the Huddersfield and Halifax Organist Associations, Miss Walker also represented the Halifax district of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, becoming responsible for local music exams.
She also raised thousands of pounds for charities by performing sponsored organ recitals of 12 hours at a time.