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Helen Sanderson studied guitar at the Royal College of Music with Charles Ramirez, and accompaniment with John Blakely, graduating with prizes including the Anthony Saltmarsh Prize and the Madeline Walton Prize for Guitar. Her passion for chamber music has led to partnerships with eminent counter-tenor James Bowman and tenor Mark Wilde and as a founder member of the VIDA Guitar Quartet, Helen has performed at many of the UK’s prestigious concert venues including the Southbank Centre, King’s Place, St. Georges-Bristol, and the Sage Gateshead. In 2010 she made her US debuts in Los Angeles and New York, subsequently touring extensively in USA, Sweden, Germany and France.

Helen is guitar tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the Artistic Director of the National Youth Guitar Ensemble, and also the founder and Artistic Director of the World Youth Guitar Festival. Helen recently appeared as the classical industry expert for the Sky Arts series, "Guitar Star" and is a sought-after masterclass artist, adjudicator and international jury member, for competitions such as BBC Young Musician of the Year.

In 2014 Helen was awarded a prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship for her work in guitar education.  
Helen plays Christopher Dean guitars and is a D’Addario Strings Classical artist.

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