I started playing drums when I was five years old, and since then I have studied drumkit with Simon Dring, Dave Wickins, Jason BowldCraig Blundell and Ralph Salmins, and percussion with Ian Chopping, Sam Girling and Donal O’Brien.

I grew up around the piano, and have been a pianist for as long as I can remember; I had lessons with Rory Marsden for over ten years – I passed Grade Eight Piano with Distinction in March 2008 and went on to study jazz piano with Peter Hayes.

I became a full-time musician 2007, and began working in bands and orchestras playing gigs, and teaching from my home near Norwich.  In 2008, I joined Witchers as a drummer and synth player.  In 2011, I joined Sistema In Norwich (then known as In Harmony Norwich) as a percussion tutor.  In 2014, I released my first solo album, Bones From My Back, featuring sixteen original songs.

I am very proud to have been involved with PX Productions’ hugely successful ’90s dance show Ultra ’90s for almost ten years. In 2015, I was involved in the formation of Ultra ’90s Fresh – a spin-off line-up created to cope with the huge demand for booking the show. And in 2017, I was asked to run my own line-up of the show, as the musical director, keys player, male vocalist and band leader of Ultra ’90s Jam. I am delighted to be working with all three iterations of Ultra ’90s, and to have been a part of this extraordinary success story.

I work with a wide variety of different orchestras, bands and artists, spanning a large range of musical styles; I play gigs and tours across the UK and abroad, and I play recording sessions for various producers as well as ‘remote’ sessions in my own studio.  I also write and/or arrange music to commission – including songwriting projects; soundtracks for film, TV and theatre; advertising jingles; etc.

Artists and conductors I have worked with include Nicholas DanielAlexander Walker, Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar, Magnet Man, Jade MayjeanGuitar GeorgeAxel Loughrey, The Britten SinfoniaLucan Mills, WillowspinThe Joe Ringer BandUltra ’90sErdem Misirlioglu, Rob Milne, Dove and Boweevil, the Eddie Seales Band, Academy of St Thomas Orchestra, David CurtisNorfolk Wherry Brass, Peter Cresswell, and others…

Hiring a musician?

Here are a few facts about me…

  • experience of wide range of music styles
  • strong musicianship
  • good sight-reader
  • able to work from lead-sheets
  • good improviser
  • comfortable working with click-tracks
  • comfortable working with in-ear monitoring
  • professional quality gear
  • own transport
  • backing vocals, including harmonies, available
  • PA system hire available
  • lighting rig hire available
  • Musicians’ Union member

Thanks for visiting, and I look forward to hearing fom you soon!

I am available for session work, recording or live, with bands, solo artists or orchestras, across the UK and abroad – for more details, please contact me.

Kit Marsden // Musician