1878-1935
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December 23 1878, Ipswich, England.

December 10, 1935, Nutfield, Surrey, of typhoid from eating contaminated oysters.

Wilfred was one of eight children of Thomas Sanderson, a Wesleyan Methodist minister. Wilfrid was educated at St. Dunstan’s College, Catford, and the City of London School. He studied organ under Frederick Bridge as pupil and later assistant organist at Westminster Abbey (1895-1904). During this time, Sanderson was present in the organ loft during Queen Victoria’s funeral and memorial service in February 1901. He also sang tenor in the Westminster Abbey choir for the coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in June 1902.

Sanderson’s musical studies earned him an MB degree (Dunelm), and he was a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music. His early appointments were: church organist at St Stephen’s, Walthamstow, UK (at age 17 in 1895); organist at All Hallows’, Southwark (1897); and organist at St. James’s, West Hampstead (1899-1904). In 1904 he married Mary Elizabeth Petch and moved to Doncaster, where he served as organist of St. George’s Church until 1923. He was also conducted the Doncaster Musical Society (1911-24) and the Doncaster Amateur Operatic Society (1909-24).

During World War II, Sanderson served as a senior clerk with the Ministry of Works. He moved his family south to Egham, and after the war moved to Nutfield in Surrey. He was an examiner for Trinity College of Music from 1924 until his death.

  1. Conisborough

where Sanderson is buried