Leonard Sanderman (born 1991) works at the the University of York as teacher and researcher. He teaches Harmony and Counterpoint as well as Aural Skills on the Music BA course. He is undertaking a doctoral research project in Anglo-Catholic church music, funded by a full AHRC studentship through the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities.


Leonard leads an international group of scholars and musicians in an AHRC-funded Knowledge Exxchange Project which will transcribe, publish, and record the complete sacred music of Alice Mary Smith,​ one of Victorian England's foremost women composers of the nineteenth century. This material will be made freely available to the public in the Summer of 2019.

He was Organ Scholar at Cheltenham College from 2009-2010, after which he read music and held the Organ Scholarship at Keble College, Oxford (2010-2013). From 2011-2013, he combined this with the post of Resident Organist at Pusey House, Oxford. From 2013-14 he was Organ Scholar at Chichester Cathedral. From 2014-2018, he worked as Director of Music in the Parish of St Wilfrid, Harrogate.

He was initially taught the organ by his father, and later by a.o. Clive Driskill-Smith, 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. Leonard is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists.


He is internationally active as organist, frequently touring in Germany, The Netherlands, and the United States. He appeared live on BBC 3, and his first solo album was released in 2018. Leonard is a prize-winning, commissioned composer, and contributed significantly to the New Dutch Hymnal.  


When he is not working, Leonard enjoys entertaining friends, reading, woodworking, and painting.

© 2015 Leonard Sanderman