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Choral & 

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All works available for hire or purchase from Philip, please get in touch directly here


Highlighted works are available for immediate purchase from 

       denotes a recommendation for The Big Sing competition and youth choirs, or childrens' choirs


Let Me Describe for You Her Eyes    for soprano & piano     3' 30" 

     Composed as composer-in-residence at the 2017 IFAC Handa NZ Singing School, Hawkes Bay   


An Imaginary Menagerie    for two--part choir & piano     2' 40" 

     (or 'The Sixth Sheikh's Sick Sheep' fun with tongue twisters) 

     Commissioned for the Christchurch Schools' Music Festival Association 2016   

Performed by the massed choir of the Christchurch Schools' Music Festival 2018


Pro Patria    for SATB choir & brass band     13' 

     Commissioned by the Christchurch City Choir for performance with Addington Brass in a WWI Commemoration

     Concert at the New Zealand Airforce Museum, November 2015  

Performed by the Christchurch City Choir, Addington Brass and Andrew Withington (conductor)


Four Songs by Douglas Lilburn     orch. for high voice & chamber orchestra      8'             

     2 2 2 2 / 2 2 1 0 / timp, perc(1) / str      brass optional

     Commissioned by the Auckland Philharmonia for Lilburn 100 Celebrations.

     I. Lines in Autumn (Basil Dowling, text) – II. The Picnic (Ruth Dallas, text) – III. Summer's Sadness (D'Arcy Cresswell, text)

     IV. Holiday Piece (Denis Glover, text)         


Whalers of the Deep, Deep Sea    arr. for soprano, strings & timpani     3' 

     Composed by Te Heu Heu, lyrics by Mrs St George – the oldest surviving composition by an NZ composer

     Arranged for Resonance Ensemble, a Lilburn 100 project   


Earthquake Poem    for high voice & piano     3' 30" 

     Composed for Keith Lewis (tenor) and Sue Melville (piano)

     Commissioned by Hawkes Bay Singing School, 2015 Fundraising Tour. Text By Gary McCormick 


Wide Sky Shelter    a celebration for choir, kapa haka group, clan dancers, speakers & orchestra     9' 

     3 2 3 1 / 3 2 2 1 / timp, perc(5) / str 


     Commissioned by Rangi Ruru High School and Janet Kingsbury (Director of Music) to celebrate the

     125th anniversary of its founding. Texts: various, pertaining to the history and distinctive routines of the school 



At the Lighting of the Lamps >     for SATB choir & orchestra       13'             

     2 2 2 2 / 2 2 3 1 / timp, perc(2), hp / str      

     2 1 1 0 / 0 0 0 1 / perc(1), hp / str    (alternative reduced version)

     Commissioned by the Christchurch City Choir for its 21st anniversary with funding from Creative New Zelaand

     A setting of the first three cantos of the poem by the same name by Ursula Bethell      


Girl, Boy, Flower, Bicycle    for unaccompanied SSAA choir     2' 30" 

     Commissioned by Julia Arden and Ann Woodham, members of The Cecilian Singers for their 30th anniversary, May 2011



Missa Brevis    for unaccompanied TTBB choir & flute    10' 

     Commissioned by Christ's College Chapel Choir and Robert Auburn (Music Director) with funding from Lochmaben Trust



Psalm 150 >    for SSAATTBB choir & organ with optional cymbals   3' 

     Commissioned by St Margaret's College Christchurch for its centenary celebration



A New Sky >    a song cycle for TTBB choir & piano   15'  

     Commissioned by the New Zealand Male Choir and Robert Auburn (Music Director) for the choir's 10th anniversary,

     and their 2010 European Tour.

     I. O Spirit of the Earth (Karakia, tras. G S Cooper) II. Keep Us Humble (Samuel Marsden) III. 'Tis a Silent Land (Edward Tregear)

     IV. Our Christmas (Margaret Mahy) V. Our Cities Face the Sea (David McKee Wright)



Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis >    for SATB choir & organ    6' 30" 

     Commissioned by Christ's College Chapel Choir and Robert Auburn (Music Director) with funding from Lochmaben Trust



Transports of Delight >    for childrens' choir & piano   3' 15" 

     A medley of short songs with SA harmony, poems by Margaret Mahy: I. My Sister  II. The Flingamango  III. Plans Gone Wrong

     Commissioned by the Christchurch North-West Schools' Music Festival 2009      


Carol of the (New Zealand) Birds >    versions for SA or SS & piano or a capella SATB     1' 30" 

     Words by Philip Norman and trad. Czech



Songs of the Wild    for massed choir & piano     8' 

     Commissioned by the Christchurch Schools' Music Festival Association 2008

     I. Wild Bird Lullaby (Arthur Adams/Johannes Anderson) II. The Sea to the Shell (David Ross)

     III. The Wasp and the Bee (anon.)



Wenceslas    cantata version for SATB & orchestra     9' 

     For more information, please get in touch with Philip directly



Shipwreck >    versions for SATB & orchestra (or piano)     12' 

     For more information, please get in touch with Philip directly


Performed by the Jubilate Singers from their CD 'Southern Landscapes'


Ravenous Uncles (and Many Thin Greedy Aunts) >  for childrens' choir & piano (or orchestra)  10' 

     Four song settings of poems by Margaret Mahy:

     I. The Man from the land of Fandango – II. Uncle James – III. Wonderful Me – IV. Tarragon Vinegar

     Commissioned by the Christchurch Schools' Music Festival Association, 2003. Funded by Trustpower




Performed by Juliet Reynolds–Midgley (singer) Malcolm McNeill (singer) and the CSO


A Garland of Songs    for male voice choir & piano     10' 

     Three songs set to the poems of the late AK Grant and written in memory of the author.

     Commissioned by the NZ Male Voice Choir Festival Committee for the 2001 festival, with funding from Creative NZ 



Love Song >    for a capella TTBB choir     9' 

     Commissioned by the New Zealand Male Voice Choir Festival Committee, text by AK Grant.

     Funding provided by Creative New Zealand


Witches, Clowns, Promises >   for childrens' choir & piano (or orchestra)   10' 

     Five song settings of poems by Margaret Mahy:

     I. The Tin Can Band – II. Promises – III. The Pines – IV. A Witch Poem – V. Clowns

     Commissioned by the Christchurch Schools' Music Festival Association, 2000




Performed by Juliet Reynolds–Midgley (singer) Malcolm McNeill (singer) and the CSO


Shipwreck >   version for male voice choir & piano with optional percussion     12' 

     Commissioned by the Nelson Male Voice Choir for the National Male Choir of New Zealand’s tour of Wales, June 2000


Excerpt performed by Fortissimo (Dilworth School, Auckland) – "The Southern Gale"


Proud to call New Zealand Home >   a tongue-and-cheek song for barbershop quartet     3' 

     Commissioned by Garden City Sound, NZ's 1994 champion barbershop quartet for performance at the

     World Jamboree of Barbershop Quartets in Miami, Florida.



Plumsong >   for a capella SATB choir with optional brass & piano accompaniment   15' 

     Commissioned by the NZ Choral Federation and the National Youth Choir of NZ with assistance from Creative NZ.

     Text by AK Grant in the style of selected NZ poets.




Performed by the NZ Secondary Schools' Choir from their CD 'Pastime with Plums and Pizzazz'


Wenceslas >    for treble voices & orchestra     15' 

     2 2 2 2 / 4 2 2 0 / timp, perc(3), hp / str 

     Commissioned by Christchurch Symphony Orchestra for their 1992 Christmas Crackers Concert



Does No-One Care?    anthem for two--part youth choir (SA + solos)  & piano     3' 

     Commissioned by St Barnabas Youth Choir for TVNZ broadcast. Words by Jennifer Murray



Shipwreck >   version for SATB choir & brass ensemble     12' 

     3 trumpets, 2 horns, 2 trombones, tuba, timpani and cymbals



Hunger Songs >   for SSA choir     6' 30" 

     Commissioned by David Hamilton and Opus One, Epsom Girls, Auckland for their 1989 Finland tour. 


Performed by Opus Choir


Psalm CL    for SATB choir & organ     6' 

     Written as a massed item for the Christchurch Community Choirs' Festival, 1978



Measured Mass    for TTBB choir & organ     8' 

     Based on material from the Measure for Measure score



Surrealist Landscape    for SATB choir & piano     5' 

     Text by Lord Berners



Composition for Choir with Laryngitis    for lost voices     4' 


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