Leonard Sanderman (born 1991) is employed as Senior Lecturer at Leeds College of Music and works at the University of York as teacher and researcher. His doctoral research reevaluates church music history from a social perspective, using ethnographical and feminist critical methodologies. This research is funded by a full AHRC studentship through the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities.
He studied Music at the University of Oxford and completed his Masters degree in Church Music at the University of York with high distinction. He was initially taught the organ by his father, and later by a.o. Sietze de Vries, Ben van Oosten, Steven Grahl, and Nigel Allcoat. He participated in masterclasses with a.o. Hans Haselböck, Pieter van Dijk and Peter Williams. He was Organ Scholar at Keble College, Oxford and Chichester
Cathedral. From 2014-2018, he worked as Director of Music at St Wilfrid, Harrogate. Leonard is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists.
Leonard is a published author on church music and the organ. He led an international team of researchers and musicians which transcribed, published, and recorded the complete sacred music of Alice Mary Smith, one of England's foremost women composers of the nineteenth century. Leonard is a prize-winning, commissioned composer, and contributed significantly to the Dutch Hymnal of 2013.
He is internationally active as organist, frequently touring in Germany, The Netherlands, and the United States. He appeared live on BBC3 and features on various recordings, including his first solo organ CD from 2018, an album as choral conductor this summer, and a second solo organ disc with music for Advent and Christmas on the German label.harp.