MICHAEL SANDERSON - BARITONE & BAROQUE VIOLIN

Michael Sanderson`s early experiences as a treble soloist included numerous appearances on film and recordings working alongside actors such as Richard Harris and Elizabeth Taylor, and singers including Placido Domingo. After graduating in music from Nottingham University, he studied singing with Tim Penrose and Maureen Lehane, and then joined the touring baroque opera company Opera Restor`d with whom he sang solo roles for 10 years. During this

time they made appearances at the Edinburgh, Leeds, Brighton, Utrecht and Bruges Festivals, and his first solo CD recording featured Lampe`s Pyramus and Thisbe. In 1989 he was appointed as a lay- clerk at St George`s Chapel, Windsor Castle where he frequently sang for Royal occasions and made numerous recordings. Together they toured widely in Europe with appearances in many prestigious festivals and made frequent radio and TV broadcasts. He also sang for several years with European Voices, performing in Berlin, and at the Lucerne and Salzburg Festivals with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, and toured Spain and the Canary Islands with Concert d`Astree under baroque specialist Emmanuelle Haim. Michael has also appeared in the BBC production of Dido and Aeneas, and recorded with The Finzi Singers and numerous other London-based professional choirs. As a singer and violinist Michael is a member of various chamber groups  with whom he has performed widely in the UK and in Europe. These include Musica Donum Dei and Cafe Mozart with whom he has made various recordings including a disc of music from Jane Austen`s private collection, and The Windsor Box and Fir Company who latterly have collaborated closely with tenor Rogers Covey-Crump in various projects on 17th and 18th century English music. As a recitalist, Michael has performed widely throughout Britain giving performances of great diversity, from lute songs to lieder. Aside from classical music, Michael`s folk-rock barn dance band, The Dusty Bees are now in their 30th year and are much in demand for weddings, community functions and parties.