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Christopher Marshall

Arranger, Composer, Performer

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Born: 1956


Christopher Marshall was born in Paris, France of New Zealand parents in 1956 and educated in Australia and New Zealand. A self-taught composer he holds a Master of Music degree with Honours, a Fellowship in Composition from Trinity College London, and a Teaching Licentiate in Piano from the same institution. In addition to his music qualifications, he holds two postgraduate qualifications in the teaching of English as a second language.

Christopher Marshall’s orchestral, wind ensemble, chamber and choral music has been very widely performed and broadcast particularly in the United States and Europe. His music is accessible, idiomatically written and often exhilarating in its rhythmic ingenuity. It also places great emphasis on expressive memorable melody and frequently delights in integrating diverse stylistic elements.

In 1994 Christopher Marshall was appointed to the position of Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago in Dunedin for two years. In 1995 he was awarded the Philip Neill Memorial Prize. In 1996 he received a Fulbright Research enabling him to take up an 18-month composer residency at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York. On his return to New Zealand he continued to build upon his overseas reputation and in August 2006 he headed for the United States where he was Composer-in-Residence at the University of Central Florida.

Marshall has received commissions from City of Dunedin Choir, Washington Men’s Camerata, Summit Brass, San Francisco Choral Artists, UMM Symphonic Winds, Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, United States Air Force Academy Band, Richard Stoelzel and Matthew Marshall. Recent premieres include Méndez (2015) for brass band performed by Summit Brass, To The Horizon (2016) for choir, Journeys of the Soul (2016) for orchestra performed by the Auckland Philharmonia, and Burning Blue (2017) by UMM Symphonic Winds.

Christopher Marshall’s music is published in the United States by Alliance Music, EC Schirmer and C Alan Publications and in Britain by Maecenas and has been recorded on several American and European labels. In addition, he has his own desktop publishing company, Vaia’ata Print which supplies high quality computer-set editions of his music.

Composed (93)

A Summer Carol

for a cappella SATB choir, 3m

Alafaya Suite

for flute choir and saxophone quartet, 19m

An Emily Dickinson Suite

for wind ensemble, 18m


for symphonic band, 7m

Blood Wedding

a chamber opera, 1h 30m

Canco del Mar

for double SATB choir and ensemble, 10m


for orchestra, 10m

Clear sky

for soprano and piano, 3m

Consider the Lilies

for unaccompanied SATB choir, 3m

Dare to Hope

for wind band, 6m


Two songs for bass voice, clarinet (offstage) and piano, 10m

Dona Nobis Pacem

for SSATBB choir

Earth Song

for SA women's or children's choir and tambourines, 2m


for SATB choir, SA choir and orchestra, 15m

Eastman Overture

extended overture for large orchestra, 18m


for solo viola, 5m


for double SATB choir and chamber ensemble, 10m

Faleula E!

for a cappella SSATBB choir, 4m

Fleeting Visions

for soprano and string quartet, 10m

Flights of Fancy

Settings of eight New Zealand poems for Soprano and Piano, 20m

For What Can Be More Beautiful?

for SATB choir and chamber orchestra, 25m

Glimpses of Love

for SATB choir and wind ensemble/concert band, 23m

God of Ages

for SATB choir and organ, 3m

God our father, mother, lover

for mixed choir and piano

Golden Carol

for SATB choir

High Flight

for mixed choir and alto saxophone, 10m 30s

Hikurangi Sunrise

for orchestra, 10m

Holy day, holiday

carol for SATB choir, 3m


for violin and piano

I Hold Your Hand in Mine

for a cappella SATB choir, 2m

I lift up my eyes

anthem for double choir

I'm Spending Hanukkah in Santa Monica

arranged for male voice choir unaccompanied, 2m 30s

Jewel Carol

for SATB choir, 3m

Kyrie Eleison (for the end of the century)

for choir, solo soprano, organ, piano and percussion, 16m

La Rose

for SATB choir with soprano and baritone soloists, 7m

La'u Lupe

a Samoan folksong arranged for SATB choir, 3m

La'u Lupe

a Samoan folksong arranged for SSAA choir, 3m

Levavi Oculos Meos

for double SATB choir


for wind ensemble


For cello and piano

Minoi, Minoi

arrangement of Samoan dancing song for SATB choir, 2m

Minoi, Minoi

arrangement of Samoan dancing song for two-part choir and piano, 3m

Minoi, Minoi

arrangement of Samoan dancing song for SSAA choir, 3m

Moemoe Pepe

a Samoan folksong arranged for SATB choir, 2m

Moemoe Pepe

a Samoan folksong arranged for SSAA choir, 2m

Moemoe Pepe

a Samoan folksong arranged for TTBB choir, 2m

My Florida Home

for solo tenor and SATB with keyboard accompaniment

New Zealand Advent Triptych

for soprano, bass and SATB choir, 10m


for unaccompanied SSATBB choir, 3m

O Fragile Human

a song cycle for mixed choir, 24m

O what is that sound?

For tenor, piccolo and snare drum, 4m


for symphonic band, 6m

Okaoka L'au Honey

a Samoan folksong for SATB choir, 3m

Orlando Lakes

for euphonium and tuba


for male voice choir, soprano solo and chamber ensemble, 10m


for military band, male choir and soprano

Prelude and Fugue

for pianoforte, 8m

Pusi Nofo

for a cappella SSAA choir, 2m

Pusi Nofo

for a cappella TTBB choir, 2m

Pusi Nofo

for two-part choir and piano, 2m

Pusi Nofo

for a cappella SATB choir, 1m


for chamber octet

Real Gods

a melodrama for a cappella SATB choir, 10m


concerto for piano and symphonic band, 27m


for wind band, 11m


an overture for symphonic band, 7m

Sau La'u Teine Samoa

a Samoan folksong for SATB choir based on Hawaiian popular music of the 1920s, 2m


for piano, 5m

Short Voyage in a Small Boat

for wind ensemble/concert band, 6m

Spring and Fall

for voice and guitar

Spring and Fall

for solo voice, 3m

Suddenly September

For soprano and piano, 3m


for two flutes and piano, 5m


for SATB choir with mezzo soloist, 12m

Te Rerenga

for orchestra, 12m

The Desert Shall Blossom

for a cappella SATB choir, 3m

The Last Ones

for SATB choir and piano, 5m

The Song of Gaia

for small orchestra, 17m

The Water of Life

for SATB choir with organ accompaniment, 6m

This Big Moroccan Sea

for SSAATTBB choir and solo tenor

Three Aspects of Spring

for violin, clarinet in A, and piano

Tihei, Mauri Ora!

a cycle of settings of Maori texts for male choir and clarinet, 25m

Time Out

for tenor, viola and piano

To Hear an Oriole Sing

for SAB choir

To the Horizon: Images of New Zealand

a cycle of songs for SATB choir, 30m

U Trau

for SSAATB choir and two wind bands, 11m


for mezzo soprano, baritone and piano

With Love at Christmas

for a cappella SATB choir, 5m

Woman Rising

for solo violin

You'll Never Walk Alone

arrangement for soprano and wind band, 4m 20s

Arranged (1)

I'm Spending Hanukkah in Santa Monica

arranged for male voice choir unaccompanied, 2m 30s

Performances (3)

Earthsong - European Premiere

Stephen Doughty will direct the Belfast Philharmonic Choir and the Ulster Orchestra in the Europe...

Dark Night Of The Soul - World Premiere

Celebrated director Patrick Gardner will direct the Kirkpatrick Choir in the world premiere of Ch...

Cone of Uncertainty - premiere

The world premiere of Christopher Marshall's Cone of Uncertainty will take place in Villar del Ar...