Christian Forshaw

Christian Forshaw - Saxophone

Classical saxophone soloist and professor at the Guildhall School of Music, London

Christian Forshaw's playing and writing have found a strong connection with audiences from many different cultural backgrounds. His saxophone sound is highly distinctive and his evocative compositions and arrangements have connected profoundly with listeners.


After graduating with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he studied under John Harle, Christian went on to work with many leading ensembles as both soloist and ensemble member. These include the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras, the London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Michael Nyman Band, Graham Fitkin Group and Icebreaker.


Forshaw has performed concertos with groups including Royal Liverpool Philharmonic's Ensemble 10/10, the Brno Philharmonic and the Scottish Ensemble. Film credits include Ravenous, Ordinary Decent Criminal, Hart's War, The End of the Affair, Last Orders and How To Re-Establish A Vodka Empire.


He has recorded with Fightstar, Icebreaker and Marcella Puppini and recently worked on the groundbreaking show London Road at the Royal National Theatre. Christian has worked extensively with leading improviser Peter Wiegold in the group Notes Inégales, where improvisation is directed through hand signals. The group have recently recorded and performed in Switzerland, Singapore and Hong Kong. Forshaw is best known for his work with the Sanctuary Ensemble for whom he has written, arranged and commissioned over four CDs worth of material. The Sanctuary Ensemble is a unique group comprising saxophone, voice, organ and percussion and has achieved international success, receiving hundreds of plays on radio and television both in the UK and as far afield as New Zealand. The CDs have achieved no.1 positions in both UK and international charts. In July 2009 Christian was commissioned to write and perform a piece for the unveiling of the Hyde Park memorial to the London bombing victims of July 7th, 2005. The ceremony was attended by HRH The Prince of Wales and the British Prime Minister and was broadcast internationally.


Whilst still in his 20s Christian was appointed Professor of Saxophone at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in the heart of London where he directs the saxophone course. The unique course has been carefully structured to provide students with the most intense and in-depth musical education, covering many styles and genres in order to equip them to thrive in today's dynamic and evolving music profession. Christian is regularly asked to give masterclasses at other conservatoires which have included the Royal College of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Trinity Laban and the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.

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