Christian Forshaw's distinctive sound, coupled with his thoughtful compositions and arrangements have connected powerfully with listeners across the world. He has recorded four albums with the Sanctuary Ensemble, receiving global airplay and number 1 chart positions. Sanctuary (saxophone, voices, organ and percussion) explores the ecclesiastical soundworld from his days as a chorister, combining simple purity of lines with soaring highs.
The powerful 4th album Songs of Solace was written as a response to Julie Nicholson's book A Song for Jenny. The BBC featured the music in their film adaptation of the book starring Emily Watson.
Recently Christian recorded, arranged and composed for the vocal group Voces8 on thier Decca releases Eventide and Lux.
In 2018 he was chosen by Howard Goodall to record the solo saxophone part in Invictus: A Passion.
Christian has recently contributed to a number of recordings for the Village Green label, including Commune with Angèle David-Guillou and Everything Ascending with Snow Palms.
In 2017 and 2018 he played televised solos with the Britten Sinfonia at the BBC Proms in Passages by Philip Glass & Ravi Shankar, and the Tango Prom with Pablo Zielger.
He has performed with orchestras including the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Philharmonia, RPO. LPO, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and with smaller ensembles including the Michael Nyman Band, Moondog, the Graham Fitkin Group, Delta Saxophone Quartet & Icebreaker.
In 2019 Christian took part in a European arena tour with Hugh Jackman performing to half a million people.
He is a professor of saxophone at the Guildhall School in London.