1878-1938

September 20 1878, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England.

1938, Montreal, Canada.

Sanders studied at the Royal College of Music (RCM) with Charles Swinnerton Heap (organ), Charles H. Kitson (theory), and Charles W. Perkins (organ). After graduating from the RCM with an associates diploma in 1896, he served as the organist at Camphill Presbyterian Church in BirminghamBirmingham. He left there after a few years to work in the same capacity at St Mary’s Methodist Church in Truro, Cornwall. He also played the violin in a number of orchestras while living in England.

In 1907, Sanders emigrated to Canada and became organist at Chalmers’ Presbyterian Church in Guelph, Ontario. He left there after just one year to assume a similar role at the Dominion Methodist Church in Ottawa, where he stayed until 1929. While there he toured extensively throughout Canada as an organ recitalist and accompanist and served as the director of the Ottawa Oratorio Society. He was also president of the Ottawa Arts and Letters Club and worked for the Ottawa Journal as a music critic. He was hired by Harry Puddicombe to teach at the Canadian Conservatory of Music and he also ran a private teaching studio. Among his pupils were Kenneth Meek, Charles O’Neill, and Bill Richards.

Sanders moved to Montreal in 1929, and became music director of the new Tudor Hall in the J. A. Ogilvy Department Store, a position he held up until his death. There, he performed several noon-time organ recitals every week and also arranged for appearances by other notable artists. In 1932-1933 he was president of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO). During the 1930s he also served as the organist of Westmount Park Melville United Church.

Sanders contributed articles to numerous musical journals, including Etude, Musical Quarterly, and The American Organist. He was associate music editor of the 1917 Methodist Hymn and Tune Book, and contributed several of his own hymns to the work. He was the editor of the RCCO’s bulletin which was printed in Musical Canada (1928-1933).

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