Few pianists can have enjoyed such a colourful and cosmopolitan musical career as Sandra Lambert. Primarily a jazz pianist, it is her ability to move freely from one genre to the next that distinguishes her from other pianists. She performs not only jazz but the classics, songs from the shows, film themes, syncopated novelty pieces, soul and contemporary pop.
Born into a musical family, Sandra began piano lessons at the age of 6. She later studied at the Guildhall School of Music and with a number of leading international musicians in London and the United States.
Sandra has performed and recorded with artists such as Bette Midler, Humphrey Lyttleton, Cilla Black, Paul O’Grady, The London Symphony Orchestra. A sought after accompanist, Sandra was Musical Director to Helen Shapiro throughout the 1990’s with whom she toured extensively, appeared on CD’s and TV shows and penned the musical arrangements.
Sandra has played at Britain’s most prestigious venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. She has performed or held residencies at The Waldorf Hotel, Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, Goring Hotel, Grosvenor House Hotel, The Savoy, The Royal Garden, London Hilton, The Dorchester and Claridges.
As a recording artist Sandra’s debut album ‘Too Late Now’, in collaboration with guitarist Mike Eaves was released in 2002. In 2005 she recorded ‘A Portrait of Anthony Newley’ with vocalist Garth Bardsley which coincided with Sandra & Garth’s touring show ‘The Anthony Newley Story’. Both CDs are available to purchase.
Sandra continues to work at the highest level in a variety of musical areas which include studio sessions, television, live concerts, shows and solo performances.
In conjunction with her solo career, Sandra is the pianist and musical director of one of the UK’s most highly acclaimed swing bands – Simply Swing – which performs throughout the UK and was chosen for the Olympic Opening Night in Canary Wharf.
On the set at ITV Studios recording ‘The Paul O’Grady Christmas Special’.