Philip Norman composer


Composer, conductor, author, speaker, educator and publisher Philip Norman has been entertaining Aotearoa 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 was the recipient of the 2017/2018 Creative New Zealand Michael King Writers' Fellowship and is currently writing a history of composition in New Zealand.


Philip Norman Retrospective:
Celebrating 50 years of composing in Christchurch

Sunday 30 October, 2022 | Time TBC
The Piano, Christchurch

A choral retrospective performed by Jubilate Singers, celebrating the fabulous array of works for choir written by Philip over the past 50 years. Not to be missed. 


Keynote Address
A Songless land?

Symposium on Music in colonial
new zealand cities

12-13 November, 2022
New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōkī, Wellington

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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)

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