Updated: Apr 12
Chris and I discuss his current and future projects, how he manages teaching in the US and UK. We also discuss how his focus on health and fitness contributes to his success.
Chris Marshall from Cardiff has performed extensively as a percussionist specializing in World music, he has appeared and recorded with many prestigious orchestras and artists, and has performed on numerous productions in London’s Westend.
Chris balances his performance schedule with his flourishing career as a composer and arranger. His growing portfolio of compositions, includes the music for Heartstrings (no 1 download on iTunes) which was recorded for Classic FM/Decca in 2012 and was featured on Claire Jones’ album - Girl With The Golden Harp. Chris has composed Bluestone and arranged many tracks on Claire’s chart-topping album Journey. In addition, Chris has composed music for TV adverts including a track for Clogau, shown internationally, and for ‘Fishermans Friends’ currently shown in the USA. He is working on the next TV advert for Clogau to be released later in the year.
In 2017 he was commissioned to arrange and conduct a new album with the Portuguese singer sensation, Yolanda Soares, with whom he has performed recently at the Tivoli Theatre Lisbon and Colisseum in Porto. He has also been commissioned by the American Youth Harp Ensemble and choir to compose a special set of works which will be premiered on PBS television in the USA and at Carnegie Hall in 2020.
His career highlights as a percussionist include appearing with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, English National Ballet, London Mozart Players, The Royal Shakespeare Company, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Chris has also worked on many productions in London's Westend and international touring shows in the UK and China, these include; We Will Rock You, Wizard of Oz, Zorro, Carousel, West Side Story, Evita, Love Beyond, Big, and Elf the Musical.
Chris has a passion for playing instruments from all around the world, and it has resulted in seeing him perform on numerous recording sessions for TV and film. He also performs as part of C2 duet with his wife, and former Official Harpist to HRH Prince Charles - Claire Jones. This unique duo has traveled extensively throughout the UK and in the USA.
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