Christian Forshaw studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he was made Professor of Saxophone whilst still in his twenties. He is the founder of The Sanctuary Ensemble for whom he has written and arranged all of the music. The Sanctuary Ensemble have released four CDs which have reached number one positions both in the UK and internationally.
Christian has enjoyed a varied career as performer, composer and teacher. He has made concerto appearances with the Scottish Ensemble, RLPO's 10/10, the Brno Philharmonic and the Docklands Sinfonia. He has toured worldwide to venues including Carnegie Hall and The Lincoln Centre in New York, the Royal Albert Hall, and London’s Southbank and Barbican Centres. He has performed with orchestras including the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and with conductors including Vladamir Ashkenazy and Riccardo Muti. He has also appeared with smaller groups including Icebreaker, the Michael Nyman Band and the Graham Fitkin Ensemble.
Film credits include Ravenous, Ordinary Decent Criminal, Hart's War, The End of the Affair and How To Re-Establish A Vodka Empire. He has recorded with Fightstar, London Saxophonic, Icebreaker and Marcella Puppini and recently worked on the groundbreaking show London Road at the National Theatre.
In July 2009 Christian was commissioned to write and perform a piece at the unveiling of the Hyde Park memorial to the London bombing victims of 7 July, 2005. The ceremony was attended by HRH The Prince of Wales and the British Prime Minister and was broadcast internationally.