Friday, February 15, 2013

Christopher Marshall, Composer

Christopher Marshall
Christopher Marshall was commissioned to compose a new work for City Choir Dunedin, to be premièred on 23 March 2013. This new work is entitled For What Can Be More Beautiful?.

Christopher Marshall was the Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago for two years from 1994. In 1995, he was awarded the Philip Neill Memorial Prize. In 1996, as a Fulbright Researcher he spent 18 months as composer in residence at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York.

Born in Paris in 1956 of New Zealand parents, he grew up and was educated in New Zealand and Australia.

Since 2006, he has been Composer in Residence at the University of Central Florida and, since 2009, has been adjunct Professor of Composition there.

When City Choir Dunedin was seeking a composer for this commission, Karyn Grylls, Artistic Director of Voices NZ Chamber Choir and NZ Youth Choir, said of Chris: “His poignant and seminal work To the Horizon was performed by the Auckland Dorian Choir during New Zealand’s Sesquicentennial Celebrations in 1990. I have also performed many of Chris’s Samoan folk song arrangements and other compositions with my national choirs. His work is always well received by audiences and singers alike.”

And here is what conductor Tecwyn Evans wrote in support of our commission, which was made possible though funding by Creative NZ: 

“Christopher Marshall has a proven record as a prolific and successful choral composer. I have conducted and sung many of his works and as a result commissioned Christopher in 1999 to write a new work for my London chamber choir Sounds Wicked. The resulting work, Tangi was extremely well received and left an indelible impression on the performers and audience. Until this day I continue to have people who were involved in the project comment on the experience of singing or hearing Tangi.

“Through his time as Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago Christopher has an association with Dunedin and its choirs.”

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