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Dr Griselda Sanderson

Associate Lecturer

School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



Dr Griselda Sanderson

Griselda is a performer and composer specialising in bowed strings. Her area of special interest is the oral tradition and cross-cultural collaboration. 


 (BA Hons Music Performance and composition 1st class) PhD (Dartington College)

Griselda grew up in Scotland, where her father was a luthier. As a youth she studied part-time at the RSAMD in Glasgow before relocating to England. She has performed with the RSC and at Shakespeare's Globe as well as her own music projects. She taught music performance for ten years at Dartington College of Arts. She has lectured in ethnomusicology and performance for undergraduates in music and anthropology, as well as music and impact and professional practice (including industry protocols) on the music MA programme.

Griselda also runs her own small record label Walk Records and publishing company Walk Music. She has release four albums of her own compositions and several others that were collaborations with musicians from Senégal, The Gambia and Morocco.

Professional membership

Griselda is a member or PRS, MCPS, PPL and the Musician's Union

Roles on external bodies

Teacher and mentor at SWMS



Teaching interests

Current MA modules: Music and Impact & Professional Portfolio (industry protocols)

Current undergraduate modules: Ethnomusicology



Research interests

Decolonising the curriculum

Cross-cultural collaboration

Oral traditions

Other research

Community music-making

Creative practice & artistic projects

Live act: Meridianum Ensemble

A collaboration between musicians from the UK, Morocco and Portugal. The ensemble is a vehicle for exploring modal music and new compositions by members of the group, whose instruments are hurdy-gurdy, oud, cittern, Bulgarian tambura, nyckelharpa, violin and viola and percussion.

Album releases: