Some recent comments about my composing, arranging and writing work:
On my piece ‘Djemaa el Fna’ for 36 trumpets
As a trumpeter himself, performing in this premiere, Morris’s sympathy for his medium was manifest…[the] final accumulation realised a vivid climax.
Guardian, January 2009
On my arrangement of ‘Dargason’
My Clarinet group are thoroughly enjoying this arrangement, thank you.
We are playing in a school concert and would like to know who CM is to acknowledge the arranger on the program.
S Gregory, October 2013
On my piece ‘Missa Veni, Veni, Emmanuel’
I then turned to the new ‘Missa Veni, Veni Emmanuel’ (http://christianmorris.net/complete-works-and-recordings/) by Christian Morris. A composer who has always eschewed the familiar and can be said, in many ways, to be ‘ground-breaking’….To my mind, this is what singles out the Morris Mass for instant acclaim: simply for bothering to write polyphonically and melodically. Bold. Hanging a very challenging ‘sound world’ on the familiar Veni Emmanuel plainsong is quite a strategic move, for it gives the casual listener at least some sense of ‘where things are going’…it’s a damn sight more creative, challenging, thought-provoking, and interesting than anything else we’ll hear this Advent.
Jon Payne, organist and choirmaster, December 2015
On my arrangement of ‘I Wander as I Wonder’
This is an absolutely stunning arrangement, and so very useful in my Suzuki string program. I would like my student string orchestra to perform it at the upcoming Kootenay Festival of Arts in Nelson, BC, in April…Thank you for this valuable addition to the string literature!
Stephanie Judy, Argenta Suzuki Centre and author of ‘Making Music for the Joy of It’, January 2016
On my Composition Today blog
This website doesn’t screw around. It’s got up-to-date information about concerts, recordings, news affecting composers, and a great blog posted by Christian Morris. Reading this site makes you realize just what an enormous tapestry of different sounds is contemporary concert music.
Orchestration Online, January 2016
On my piece Northern Lights
Thanks for letting me use your amazing piece. I played French horn in the Solo/Ensemble Festival on Saturday, receiving a Superior.
Kaylee Henning, student, Deer Park, Washington, 2018
On my piece Social Media Suite for four bassoons
A fun, creative take on Social Media in the current world…. great use of extended technique. Excellent development of musical ideas. Unique and driving harmonies…a really creative and colorful work.
From the adjudication in the 2019 Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition, in which the work was given an honourable mention
On my arrangement of Soon May Wellerman Come
Thank you for your message and for sending over the 3rd violin part of the Wellerman arrangement – I’m really delighted, thank you! It really is a lovely arrangement…interesting for all the players. Thank you again.
J. Matthews (Teacher, London), 2021