How To Make Your Saxophone Sing - Christian Forshaw

6th - 7th November 2010, Winchester Cathedral

Christian Forshaw is a saxophonist and composer whose career to date reflects the qualities required of a musician in the 21st Century. Long gone are the days where a musician spends an entire career working within the same boundaries and increasingly musicians find their work transcending genre after genre. Forshaw's initial musical influences were the Beatles, traditional choral music and a hefty dose of hard rock. He secured a place at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and moved to London in 1991. Although Christian had played in big bands, jazz small groups and pop bands he always had a very clear idea of how he wanted the instrument to sound in a more classical context. The purity and lyricism he had experienced within choral music was something he sought from the saxophone and by studying the instrument classically he was able to explore this further. Upon leaving the Guildhall in 1995 he began working with groups such as the London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

On 6 and 7 November Christian will be visiting Winchester Cathedral to run an exciting weekend entitled 'How to Make Your Saxophone Sing'. Each day will combine workshops, masterclasses, technique and saxophone quartet sessions - so bring your sax! The weekend promises to be very helpful and inspiring for saxophonists of all standards and will cost £25 per day. Players between Grade 3 and Grade 5 standard are invited to come along on Saturday 6 November and players Grade 6 and above on Sunday 7 November.

If you would like to attend one day or the whole weekend please complete the priority booking form below and return to: Sarah Heard, 86a Lodge Road, Southampton, SO14 6RG, along with full payment (please note there is a 75p charge if you would like your order posted to you in advance) or you can book online through Winchester Cathedral Box Office ( / 01962 857275)

On Saturday 6 November Christian will be performing at the Baptist Church, Swan Lane, Winchester. He will present a varied programme of Christian's own compositions as well as well known saxophone repertoire. Christian's music was described by BBC Radio 3 as "heart rending - very beautiful, very different". His music is heard regularly on BBC1 TV, BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4, and Classic FM and his debut album Sanctuary reached number 1 in the Amazon Classical Chart. Tickets are £10, or £5 if bought in conjunction with a day ticket.

Jonathan Myall Woodwind are supporting the weekend and will be visiting with an array of instruments, sheet music and accessories to try out, as well as music for you to browse. The shop will be open from 11am - 4pm on both days.

Applications to play in an individual masterclass must be made in advance and are dealt with on a first come, first served basis, for further details contact Sarah Heard (

Download: more details and a booking form or the timetable or the concert programme