Oren Marshall

Composer and Performer, Tuba and Electronics


Oren Marshall - Born 14/6/66, Geneva, Switzerland. Currently residing in London, England. Married with 2 children.

Languages spoken - English (mother tongue), Hebrew (fluent), French (basic), Spanish (basic), Portuguese (basic)


1979-82 – Shene Comprehensive School. Had first tuba lessons with Trumpeter,Graham Dennis Sanders (aka Giant Haystacks)
1980-84 – Studied tuba with Steven Wassell at the Royal College of Music, Junior Department.
1984-86 – RCM(Senior Department). Main tuba teacher was John Jenkins but also had lessons with James Gourlay and Stuart Roebuck.
1980-87 – Had private lessons with John Fletcher who became my Mentor.


1983 - Associate of the Royal College of Music (Hons)
1984 – Fellow of Trinity College, London
1988 – Licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Performance and Communication Skills)


1980 – Shene School “For Service to the Community” (put on a series of concerts for tuba and piccolo for the hard of hearing)
1982 – Angela Bull Memorial Prize (Royal College of Music)
1984 – BBC Young Musician of the Year (South East Regional Winner, 3rd prize in National Finals)
1987 – Shell/LSO Music Scholarship, Gold Medal
1991 – Geneva International Music Competition, 3rd Prize
2002/3 – BBC Jazz Awards, Nomination for award in Innovation



1986-Present – London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Canadian Ballet, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, London.

Chamber Music

1986-Present – London Brass(including numerous recordings, several worldwide tours, 4 Proms, performances for The Queen, Prince Charles and various other members of The Royal Family and The Pope), London Sinfonietta, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Academy of St Martin-in-the-fields, New London Chamber Choir, Critical Band, Wallace Collection, LSO Brass Ensemble, LPO Brass Ensemble, BSO Brass Ensemble, Onyx Brass Quintet, English Tuba Quartet (with Melvyn Poore, Dave Powell and Robin Hayward), London Chamber Orchestra, Bolshoi Soloists.


From 1982 - Various recitals of standard and new repertoire including :
1985 – Park Lane Group, Contemporary Music Series at the Purcell Room, London.
1986 – Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto with the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh.
1987 – Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Halls, London.
1988 – Recording of Django Bates´ “Stay Here” with Django Bates (Piano) and Steve Arguelles(Drums) for WQXR, New York.
1989 – Premier of Jacques Cohen Tuba Concerto with Oxford Chamber Orchestra.
1991 – Valery Strukov Tuba Concerto with the Orchestra of the Swiss Romaunde, Geneva.
1993 – Premier of Jeremy Arden´s “Bayo´s Way”, a concerto for Electric Tuba and Brass Ensemble, with London Brass at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London and various tours including Italy, Germany and USA.
2001 – Recital with Evelyn Glennie (Percussion), Hakan Hardenburger (Trumpet) and Christian Lindberg (Trombone) at the Wigmore Hall, London. In a review of this concert, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3, The Evening Standard said, “Oren Marshall stole the show with his first solo”

2008 - Contemporary Music Network Tour of the UK supporting Murcof (for reviews see “Albums” page at www.orenmarshall.com )

Jazz / Improvised Music

Big Bands

1984-Present – Loose Tubes, Jazz Warriors, Ubiquity Orchestra, Tom Bancroft Orchestra, Keith Tippet´s Tapestry, Chris McGregor´s Brotherhood of Breath, John Dankworth Band, BBC Big Band, Dave O´Higgins´Biggish Band, Laurence Cottle Big Band, Django Bates´ Delightful Precipice, John Taylor Big Band, Mike Gibbs Big Band, The F-ire Collective, Julian Joseph Big Band. Also various projects with The Creative Jazz Orchestra including collaborations with Peter Erskine(Drums), Tim Berne(Alto Sax), John Taylor(Piano) and Kenny Wheeler(Trumpet). London Jazz Orchestra (with Miles Evans).

Small Bands

1987-Present – Numerous ensembles including : Big Air (with Chris Batchelor, Steve Buckley, Myra Melford and Jim Black), Low Frequency Tuba Project (with Marcus Rojas, Jay Rozen and Sergio Carolino), Billy Jenkins´ Songs Of Praise, Claude Deppa´s Five Funky Fellas, Arend Niks Project, Finn Peters´Music Of The Mind , Mervyn Africa Quartet, Paul Dunmall Quintet, Oren´s Panacea, Julian Joseph´s Forum Project, Microgroove, Dylan Bates´ Waiting On Dwarfs, Martin Speake´s Fever Pitch, Nigel Burch and the Fleapit Orchestra, Derek Bailey´s Company week (´92), Julian Arguelles Quartet, Nick Ramm´s Clown Revisited, Abram Wilson´s Delta Blues Project, Dave Douglas´Brass Ecstasy, Paulo Fresu´s Brass Bang, Charming Transport Band, Shabaka Hutchings and the Sons of Kemet, Tubolibre (Italy).


Since 1988, various trios including : with Derek Bailey (guitar) and John Butcher (sax); Steve Noble (drums) and Davey Williams (electric guitar); Sxip Shirey (harmonica) and Adam Matta (beatbox); Koby Israelite (accordion) and Manjeet Singh (tabla)


Since 1988 - Various duo collaborations including : with John Taylor (piano), Evelyn Glennie (percussion), Gilad Atzmon (alto sax), Adam Matta (New York beatbox), Shlomo (London beatbox), Hobbit (Bristol beatbox), Bobby McFerrin (voice), Mark Sanders (Drums), Bojan Z (Piano)


1988 – First solo improvised gig using electronics, Club Dog, North London. Since then, regular solo performances on the Jazz/Free Improv scenes including :
1997 – South Netherlands Jazz Festival, Holland
1998 – LMC Festival
2002 - The Wapping Project, UK
2003 - SPNM Festival and London Jazz Festival, UK
2003 - Manchester Jazz Festival, UK
2003 - John Cage Festival, UK
2004 - Stadtgarten Festival, Germany
2005 - Supporting Singer/Songwriter Patrick Wolf, UK
2006 - KRAAK Festival, Belgium
2006 - Venn Festival, UK
2007 - Dialogues Festival, UK
2007 - Abbesmuseum, Holland
2007 - Durham International Brass Festival, UK
2007 - Solo support set for Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Holland
2007 - TryTone Festival, Holland
2008 - Haggadah Hasmalit, Israel

2009 - Solo support set for Moby, Royal Festival Hall, London

2010 - Solo support set for Tomasz Stanko, Barbican, London

2011 - VPRO (dutch radio) festival, Bimhuis, Amsterdam

2012 - Bergamo Jazz Festival


1991-Present – Collaborative projects : Kakatsitsi (Ghana), Pan-African Orchestra (Ghana), Ghana Dance Ensemble Drummers, West African Folkloric Troupe of Ghana, Dromé Cultural Group (Ghana/Ivory Coast), Ghana Cultural Ballet, Amatye Dede (Ghana Highlife), Rasha and Wafir Shekheldin (Sudan), Abdelkader Sadhoun (Algeria), Ntshuks Bonga´s Qwati (South Africa)

Other International Collaborations include :

Chandru (India), Ustad Imrat Khan (India), Abbos (Uzbekistan), Group Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Rafael Toral and Cesar Burago (Portugal), Marc Miralta (Spain), Harold Rubin (Israel), Asaf Sirkis (Israel), David Krakauer (USA), Bob Moses (USA), Randy Brecker (USA), Gunther Schuller (USA), Bosco d´Oliveira (Brazil), Afroshock (Italy), Franz Hautzinger (Austria), Michel Godard (France), Jens Bjorn-Larsen (Denmark), Peter Brotzman (Germany), Axel Dorner (Germany), Joost Buis (Holland), Rolf Harris (Australia), Kudsi Erguner (turkey)


Music Colleges

1988-93 – Tuba teacher, Royal College of Music (Junior Department)
1989-93 – Tuba teacher and ensemble coach, Guildhall School of Music
and Drama (Junior Department)
1998-Present – Ensemble coach, Royal Academy of Music (Jazz)
2004-Present – Tuba teacher and Ensemble coach, Trinity College of
2003-Present – Visiting professor, Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music,

Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Royal Welsh College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire,

Guildhall School of Music and Drama, ESMUC (Barcelona), ESMAE (Porto)

2010-present - Tuba teacher and ensemble coach, Trinity College of Music (Junior Department)


1987-2005 – Music Workshops in schools around the UK as a member of
London Brass, London Sinfonietta and Academy of St Martin-in-the fields.
2000-2002 – After-school music activities (Percussion based) for 5-11 year olds, Waltham Forest and Lewisham Music Services.

2005-Present - Kidsamonium (a family show to entertain and educate. For more information see www.kidsamonium.com )

I have also given Masterclasses and Workshops in the USA, Venezuela, Chile, Brazil, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Israel, Norway, Ghana, Cameroon, Swaziland, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia.


1986-89 : Oren´s Panacea - a 6-piece ensemble made up of expert Latin/Jazz musicians, initially re-interpreting jazz standards. Later, playing original compositions by myself. Performing regularly at various venues in London.

1992 : Oren Marshall Group (Ghana) - a 9-piece group made up of 4 drummers from The Ghana Dance Ensemble, 4 bamboo flute players from The Pan-African Orchestra and Tuba. Playing mostly original compositions by myself with some Traditional Ghanaian music. Toured in Ghana with assistance from The British Council and The Musician´s Union (Ghana). The seed of what was to later become The Charming Transport Band.

1993-4 : Oren Marshall Trio - consisting of reeds/penny-whistle, percussion, tuba. Playing all original compositions by myself. Performed at various venues in the UK, toured Cameroon and Ghana. Collaborated with traditional log drummers and jazz musicians from Cameroon, The Pan-African Orchestra (30 piece ensemble from Ghana. This collaboration was also presented to much acclaim at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, London) and Afroshock from Italy.

1993 : The Charming Transport Band record their first CD, “Time Spent At Traffic Lights”, released on Slowfoot Records. All compositions by myself.

2001-present : Gut Rumble - a tuba ensemble comprising of 6-70 tuba players. Generally starts as a workshop for tuba players. Original compositions and improvisations incorporating many different musical styles and physical theatre, lead by myself. The group literally rumbles the “guts” of buildings/public spaces, much to the bemusement and hilarity of our generally unsuspecting audiences.

20o7-present : The Charming Transport Band continues to perform around the UK and conduct highly successful educational work (including schools in rural scotland and a residency for Aldeburgh Young Musicians). Another CD, “Family Connections”, released on the F-IRE label. All compositions by myself.

All schedules and budgets in relation to the above mentioned CD recordings managed by myself.


2000-2004 – Resident accompanist (Percussion) at Kingsway College,
2005-Present – Resident accompanist (Percussion, Piano, Flutes and Tuba)
Greenwich Dance Agency.


1987-present - Hundreds of films and commercial recordings including :

Captain Corelli´s Mandolin, Chicken Run,Bridget Jones Diary, Robin Hood,

Arthur, Antz, Hellboy, Postman Pat and the Tuba, Easy Virtue, Kung Fu Panda, The Dark Knight Rises.


Recorder (Grade 8 Distinction), Atenteben (Ghanaian Bamboo Flute), Capoeira (Brazilian Dance/Martial Art), Salsa Dance.