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Christopher Marshall


Born: 1956 Website  


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.

Photo credit: Johann Castillo

Composed (91)

A Summer Carol

for 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 SATB choir, 3m

Dare to Hope

for wind band, 6m


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

for large orchestra, 18m


for solo viola, 5m


for double SATB choir and chamber ensemble, 10m

Faleula E!

for SSATBB choir, 4m

Fleeting Visions

for soprano and string quartet, 10m

Flights of Fancy

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

for SATB choir, 3m


for violin and piano

I Hold Your Hand in Mine

for SATB choir, 2m

I lift up my eyes

for double choir

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

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

for SATB choir, 2m

Minoi, Minoi

for two-part choir and piano, 3m

Minoi, Minoi

for SSAA choir, 3m

Moemoe Pepe

for SATB choir, 2m

Moemoe Pepe

for SSAA choir, 2m

Moemoe Pepe

for TTBB choir, 2m

My Florida Home

for solo tenor and SATB choir with keyboard accompaniment

New Zealand Advent Triptych

for soprano, bass and SATB choir, 10m


for unaccompanied SSATBB choir, 3m

O Fragile Human

for mixed choir, 24m

O what is that sound?

for tenor, piccolo and snare drum, 4m


for symphonic band, 6m

Okaoka L'au Honey

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 SSAA choir, 2m

Pusi Nofo

for TTBB choir, 2m

Pusi Nofo

for two-part choir and piano, 2m

Pusi Nofo

for SATB choir, 1m


for chamber octet

Real Gods

for SATB choir, 10m


for piano and symphonic band, 27m


for wind band, 11m


for symphonic band, 7m

Sau La'u Teine Samoa

for SATB choir, 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 mezzo-soprano and SATB choir, 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 and organ, 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!

for male choir and clarinet, 25m

Time Out

for tenor, viola and piano

To Hear an Oriole Sing

for SAB choir

U Trau

for SSAATB choir and two wind bands, 11m


for mezzo soprano, baritone and piano

With Love at Christmas

for SATB choir, 5m

Woman Rising

for solo violin

You'll Never Walk Alone

arranged for soprano and wind band, 4m 20s

Arranged (1)

You'll Never Walk Alone

arranged for soprano and wind band, 4m 20s

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...