West Sussex Guitar Club

Charity No. 1124762

Patrons: Gary Ryan & Fabio Zanon

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Helen Sanderson

Helen Sanderson studied guitar at the Royal College of Music with Charles Ramirez, graduating with both the Madeline Walton prize for guitar and the prestigious Anthony Saltmarsh Bursary for further study. Her active concert career has included concerts at most of the U.K.'s major guitar festivals and recitals at venues including St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Academy of Arts (Berlin), the British Embassy (Vienna), and the Barbican Centre.

In addition to her solo performing, Helen has developed a particular interest in voice and guitar repertoire and works in partnerships with Mark Wilde (tenor), Susan Legg (mezzo-soprano), and the eminent countertenor James Bowman. Together with Mark Wilde she has developed an affinity with British song, performing original song cycles by composers such as Benjamin Britten, William Walton and Lennox Berkeley and their CD of British music entitled "Ancient Melodies", was received to critical acclaim. Helen also features on recordings with James Bowman and the Eden Stell Guitar Duo. Helen is one of the recently formed Vida Quartet, together with Mark Ashford and Eden & Stell.

Helen made her German recital debut at the Allensbach Chamber Music Festival in 1994 and the following year was invited to perform at the International Tippett Festival in Berlin in the presence of the composer. For many years Helen was a performer on Yehudi Menuhin’s "Live Music Now!" scheme and has subsequently acted as an advisor to the organisation. Website