Born: December 23, 1878, Ipswich, England.
Died: December 10, 1935, Nutfield, Surrey, of typhoid from eating contaminated oysters.
Wilfred was the son of Thomas Sanderson, a Wesleyan Methodist minister, and husband of Mary Elizabeth Petch (married 1904).
He 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).
Sanderson was 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 earned a MB degree (Dunelm). He was a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music.
His early organist appointments were at:
In 1904, he and Mary moved to Doncaster, where he was organist of St. George’s Church until 1923.
He 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 the Trinity College of Music from 1924 until his death.
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