Composer, conductor, author, speaker, educator and publisher Philip Norman has been entertaining New Zealand audiences for forty-five years. His output of over 250 compositions ranges from orchestral, chamber music and opera (A Christmas Carol)  through secular and sacred choral and vocal works, to musicals with playwright Roger Hall (including Love Off the Shelf and Footrot Flats – still New Zealand’s best selling musical) and ballets for the Royal New Zealand Ballet such as the highly successful Peter Pan (toured New Zealand three times) 


Philip holds a PhD in musicology and is the award-winning

author of Douglas Lilburn: His Life and Music and the compiler and publisher of John Ritchie at Ninety: a festschrift.  He was invested as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to music and music theatre in 2015. He is the recipient of the 2017/2018 Creative New Zealand Michael King Writers' Fellowship completing writing a history of composition in New Zealand.


The 10 Greatest moments in the history of Orchestral Music

Philip Norman, conductor and announcer

Risingholme Orchestra 

Sunday 22 November, 2.30pm

The Piano, Christchurch

'Oscar' afternoon for the Great Composers. A concert version reprise of an entertainment devised by Philip originally for presentation with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. In turn witty, informative, and moving; featuring the best bits from orchestral history. Great fun!

God Save The Queens*

Philip Norman, conductor

Jubilate Singers and guest brass ensemble


A right royal celebration of music composed for the ruling queens of England – Elizabeth I and II, Mary, Anne and Victoria. 

VivE La France*

Philip Norman, conductor

Risingholme Orchestra and guest artists

A sequel to Risingholme's sold-out Viva L'Italia concert. Presents un buffet of French music: some meaty, some cheesy, all Gallic flavoured and served under Philip's baguette. Pieces from the Moulin Rouge, Paris Opera and the Palace of Versailles 

*Postponed from 2020 due to Covid-19.

 Dates and Venues to be announced




Douglas Lilburn:

His life and Music

A 21-chapter salute to a cultural icon. Winner of the Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2007 biography category, this book offers fascinating insights into the world of  New Zealand music, literature and fine art through the eyes and ears of one of New Zealand’s most creative sons, ‘the father of New Zealand composition’,  Douglas Lilburn.

Douglas Lilburn: His Life and Music can be purchased for $40 (plus postage and packaging)

Please contact philipnorman@xtra.co.nz for further details

Music Director, Risingholme Orchestra

Music Director, Jubilate Singers

Founding Trustee, The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts

Founding Chairman, Concerts for Christchurch Foundation

© 2020 Philip Norman