Dan Forshaw
Lecturer in Music

Dan Forshaw is a highly charismatic presence in the vibrant UK jazz scene. His magnetic ability to connect with audiences through his music, combined with an infectious passion for the art, has taken him on a musical journey that spans the globe. He has graced stages around the world, collaborating with diverse ensembles, ranging from expansive big bands to intimate jazz quartets, and even cathedral choirs.

Dan re-joins LST having studied Theology, Music and Worship from 2005-2007. Before joining LST Dan studied in New York with Branford Marsalis, Eric Alexander and others. Since leaving LST Dan has continued his music career performing and recording with his own ensembles and with other musicians such as Yazz, The King Cave Project, Tony Kofi, Clare Teal and Kyle Eastwood.  Dan’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish the multi-award winning ‘cambridgesaxophone.com’ website in 2012, a platform offering online music instruction to students on all seven continents, including the remote reaches of Antarctica!  Dan was also the first study saxophone tutor for the University of Cambridge from 2013-2022.

From 2011 to 2014, Dan served as a worship minister in Cambridgeshire, and for the past nine years, he has been an integral part of the staff at Methodist Central Hall Westminster. There, he leads the Jazz Vespers ministry, an innovative blend of jazz music and worship that garnered national attention when featured on BBC Songs of Praise. Additionally, Dan takes the helm in producing the church’s online services, which have reached an impressive 10 million people since 2020, solidifying his role as a forward-thinking leader in utilising technology to spread the message of faith.

  • BBC TV & Radio
  • Yazz
  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Ely Cathedral
  • Coventry Cathedral
  • Livingstone Studios
  • Strongroom Studios
  • University of Cambridge
  • Pizza Express Dean St
  • Greenbelt Festival
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • Cambridge Arts Theatre
  • The Cockpit Theatre

‘Jazz Vespers’ Blue Church