Christian Forshaw | Sanctuary

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
Jan Garbarek John Harle

More Artists From
UK - England - London

Other Genres You Will Love
Classical: Choral Music Spiritual: Hymns Moods: Featuring Saxophone
There are no items in your wishlist.


by Christian Forshaw

Christian Forshaw's No.1 bestselling album, now re-mastered and re-released on Integra Records. A highly personal and evocative exploration of the sound world of sacred music and includes arrangements of works by Machaut, Vaughan-Williams & Ireland.
Genre: Classical: Choral Music
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Sign up for the CD Baby Newsletter
Your email address will not be sold for any reason.
Continue Shopping
just a few left.
order now!
Share to Google +1

To listen to tracks you will need to update your browser to a recent version.

  Song Share Time Download
1. Mortal Flesh
Share this song!
5:28 $0.99
2. Improvisation and Chorale on "J'ain la flour"
Share this song!
8:18 $0.99
3. Love Unknown
Share this song!
4:19 $0.99
4. Down Ampney
Share this song!
6:39 $0.99
5. Magnificat
Share this song!
8:15 $0.99
6. Nunc Dimittis
Share this song!
9:05 $0.99
7. Unknown Love
Share this song!
9:24 $0.99
Available as MP3, MP3 320, and FLAC files.


Album Notes
Sanctuary was originally released in 2004. It was my first venture into creating a recording of any kind, and came from a desire to explore the sounds I had known as a child whilst singing in church choirs - a world of purity and emotional connection.
I had been experimenting with the juxtaposition of saxophone and church organ since the mid 1990s, and later developed this with the addition of voices and percussion. Having accumulated enough material for a CD, I took a leap of faith and booked a producer, chapel and choir for a weekend of recording sessions, having no clue about what the end result might be.
Months of reworking, re-recording, re-mixing and re-editing followed these original sessions as the album’s identity began to emerge. This really was a labour of love - the entire project being self-initiated and self-financed, and all of the skills involved in this process were developed along the way through trial and error.
I honestly didn’t expect the recording to go anywhere at all - I simply viewed the process as something I wanted to do for my own satisfaction and nothing else. But in the months following the release, the disc received unprecedented air play and reached number1 chart positions both in the UK and abroad.
More striking to me than any of that was the connection the music seemed to make with the audience. I began receiving correspondance from people who had listened to the disc during profoundly personal times in their lives, saying that the music had in some way helped them. What greater encouragement could an artist receive than this?
I went on to form my own label, Integra Records, and am delighted to mark the re-release of Sanctuary on Integra with this newly mastered version which gives enhanced definition to the sound.

Christian Forshaw, July 2010


to write a review