Past Events

26 Nov – 4 Dec 2016

Opera Otago Performs

'A Christmas Carol'

Directed by Christine Douglas, artistic direction by Judy Bellingham, choreography by Shona Bennett, conducted by Timothy Carpenter at Mayfair Theatre, Dunedin. Cast of over 80 includes James Adams as Scrooge, Ben Madden as Bob Cratchit, Lois Johnston, Ingrid Fomison-Nurse and Nathaniel Otley as the ghosts of Christchurch Future, Present and Past, and Alex Lee as Marley's Ghost. 

16 Dec – 17 Dec 2015

Opera Factory Performs

'A Christmas Carol'

Directed by Sally Sloman, conducted by Claire Caldwell, at the Raye Freedman Centre, Epsom, Auckland. This was the fourth production of the opera by the company over a 16 year period beginning 1999.

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16 Dec 2015

The New Zealand History Research Trust Fund Award

Received a New Zealand History Research Trust Fund Award for 2016 from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage towards the completion of a book on the history of composition in New Zealand.

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9 Sep 2015

Philip Norman honoured with Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit

Invested as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM), 'for services to music and music theatre', at Government House Wellington, 9 September 2015 10am session by Lieutenant General His Excellency Sir Jerry Mateperae. 'For services to music and music theatre'.  Invited to an investiture dinner at Government House 10 September hosted by Sir Jerry and Lady Janine Mateparae.

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Photo: with family at CNZM Investiture:

Janice Wilson (sister-in-law), Richard Norman (brother), Alison Budge (wife) and children Marcus, Isla and Caroline. (Absent: oldest son Oliver, working in Scotland)

12 Sep 2015

'Lilburn at 100' Illustrated address at University of Otago

Illustrated address, with performers Terence Dennis, Roger Wilson and Tessa Petersen for ‘New Zealand Music weekend’ at the Marama Hall, University of Otago, Dunedin. A Lilburn 100 event.

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15 Oct 2015

'Lilburn at 100' with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra

Lilburn at 100, narrating and conducting the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in an illustrated address celebrating Douglas Lilburn's centenary year.  Feedback to CSO from a concertgoer: "We loved every bit of the dialogue and felt the event was an absolute stand out in terms of what the CSO has offered this season." 

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15 Nov 2015

'Pro Patria' premieres at WWI Commemoration Concert

Pro Patria, a cycle of eight WWI poems composed for choir and brass band premiered at the WWI Commemoration Concert, Wigram Airforce Museum of New Zealand by the Christchurch City Choir (musical director Andrew Withington) and Addington Brass (bandmaster Dave Fui) conducted by Andrew Withington. Pro Patria was commisioned for this performance by the Christchurch City Choir with funding from the World War 100 Fund of the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board.

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Photo: Philip with conductor Andrew Withington at Wigram Airforce Museum

12 Jul 2015

Philip conducts Resonance Ensemble at Christchurch Kidsfest

Philip conducted Resonance Ensemble in a programme for Christchurch Kidsfest. Premiered Perky the Pukeko a musical setting by Cathy Irons of Michelle Osmont's story, as well as Animals of the Orchestra, an arrangement for orchestra of selected movements from Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals. 

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11 Jul 2015

Philip conducts Dame Malvina Major Foundation 'Share the Dream' gala concert

Conducted the combined Resonance Ensemble and Christchurch Youth Orchestra at The Isaac Theatre Royal in a gala concert for the Dame Malvina Major Foundation; included conducting soloist Bryony Gibson-Cornish in a performance of When Gravity Fails mini concerto.

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11 Jun 2015

'Lilburn 100' illustrated talk at Christchurch Art Gallery

Illustrated talk to Friends of the Christchurch Art Gallery on Douglas Lilburn’s associations with New Zealand art and artists. A Lilburn 100 event. 

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27 May 2015

APO performs Philip's orchestrations of Lilburn's 'Four Songs' 

Auckland Philharmonia performs Philip's orchestrations of Four Songs by Douglas Lilburn for performance by the APO and members of the NZ Opera Emerging Artists Programme at the Auckland Town Hall, conducted Kenneth Young. A Lilburn 100 event.

26 Mar 2015

'Lilburn 100' illustrated talk with Resonance Ensemble

Conducted the Resonance Ensemble, in a concert of New Zealand music, presented chronologically and with spoken introduction. A Lilburn 100 event.

1 & 8 Mar 2015

Philip presents Radio NZ Concert, composer of the week

Philip presents a two-part composer-of-the-week programme celebrating the 100th birthday of Douglas Lilburn broadcast on Radio New Zealand ConcertA Lilburn 100 event.

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15 – 18 Jan 2015

Keynote speaker at 2015 IRMTNZ national conference

Philip  presents as keynote speaker Institute of Registered Music Teachers New Zealand national conference, Wellington, presentations on Lilburn’s life, Lilburn’s music, and compering workshops with young performers on his music. A Lilburn 100 event.

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20 Oct 2014

Philip inducts Lilburn​ into NZ Music Hall of Fame

Speech inducting Douglas Lilburn into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame 30 October 2014, Wellington, at APRA Silver Scroll Awards and live streamed.

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Click here to watch Philip's induction speech at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards...

Music Director, Risingholme Orchestra

Music Director, Jubilate Singers

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

Founding Chairman, Concerts for Christchurch Foundation

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