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A skilled orchestrator and arranger, Philip is happy to arrange any of his music or other pre-existing music to suit your musical forces and desired level.

 

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Suitable for Childrens' Choirs

for all levels 

2018

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

2009

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      

2007

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.)

 

2003

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

2000

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

1984

Thog Thaga >    a musical for children     50' 

     Commissioned by Southwell School, Hamilton for the School’s 75th Jubilee.

     Based on a school legend. Music and lyrics by Philip 

 

 

Suitable for Youth Choirs

recommended for The Big Sing competition

2010

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

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

 

2009

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)

 

2009

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

 

2008

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

 

2001

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 

 

2001

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

2000

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"

1995

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'

1995

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.

 

1991

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

 

1989

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

 

Suitable for Youth Orchestras 

for all levels

2015

Processions    three pieces for youth orchestra      7'             

     5(pc) 1 2(1.bcl/bsn) 1(bcl/bsn) / alto sax+Eb horn(or 2 F horns) 2 0 0 /  timp, perc(3) / str

     Commissioned by Susan Melville for the ocasion of a cultural exchange to Guilin and Shanghai, China by the musicians from the

     Hawkes Bay Youth Orchestra in conjunction with the NZ China Friendship Society, April 2016.       

2014

When Gravity Fails >    a 'mini concerto' for solo viola & orchestra      8'             

     2 2 2 2 / 4 3 3 1 / timp, perc(2) / str

     Commissioned by the Auckland Philharmonia for Bryony Gibson-Cornish (2013 APO Young Soloist of the Year)

     Based on three pieces from When Gravity Fails for viola & piano       

Performed by Bryony Gibson-Cornish (viola) and the NZSO

Philip introduces When Gravity Fails

2009

Suite from Peter Pan >    for orchestra      19'             

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

     Commissioned for first performance by the Risingholme Orchestra, Christchurch

     with funding from Creative New Zealand    

Entr'acte & Pirates' Dance performed by Wellington Sinfonia (now Orchestra Wellington) and Kenneth Young (conductor)

2002

Suite from A Christmas Carol     for orchestra       18'             

     2 2 2 2 / 2 2 2 1 / timp, perc(2), keyboard / str     

 

     Commissioned by Canterbury Philharmonia, funding from the Community Trust.   

    

2000

Millennium Mambo     for concert band       5'             

     3 flutes (1 piccolo), 2 oboes, 4 clarinets (1 bass cl), 2 alto sax, 1 tenor sax, 1 baritone sax

     3 trumpets, 2 horns in F, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, 1 euphonium, 4 percussion  

 

     Commissioned by the New Zealand Concert Bands Association for their Millennium Festivals in Auckland and Dunedin, 2000.  

    

1999

The House that Sings    for string orchestra      10'             

1998

The Castaway Sailor >    for narrator & orchestra      24'             

     2(1.p) 2 2 2 / 4 3 2(1.btbn) 1 / timp, perc(2) / str

     Commissioned by the Christchurch Youth Orchestra and Paul Mayhew (conductor). Script by Michaelanne Forster.  

     With funding from Creative New Zealand.     

1997

Between Rivers >    for youth orchestra      9'             

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

     (optional additional parts for a third flute, 2 oboes, bassoon, 2 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B-flat and 2 trombones)

     Commissioned by the Hawkes Bay Youth Orchestra for its 50th Anniversary, assistance from Hawkes Bay Community Trust  

1996

The Park >     suite for orchestra       20'             

     3 2 2 2 / 4 3 3 1 / timp, perc(2) / str     

     Commissioned by Canterbury Philharmonia Society with funding from Creative New Zealand.

    

1991

Mists    for orchestra      2' 15"             

     2 2 2 2 / 2 0 0 0 / str    (winds optional)

1990

The Ballad of Settler McGee >     a youth celebration     20'    

     for youth choir, youth orchestra, jazz orchestra, concert band, brass band, pipe band, kapa haka & rock band

     Commissioned by Concert FM for performance at the World Youth Festival Christchurch, 1990. Lyrics by Philip

    

Performed by the National Youth Choir, National Youth Orchestra, National Youth Concert Band, New Zealand Youth Jazz Orchestra, National Youth Pipe Band, Maori Ensemble, Rock Band from 1990

1989

Then and Now     two pieces for jazz big band       7'                

     Commissioned by Blackburn High School (Melbourne) for its 1989 tour of the South Island.

    

 

chamber & Instrumental music 

suitable for grades 4 – 8, recommended for the NZCT Chamber Music Competition 

2020

Planxty: Peter Morgan    for solo piano     5' 30"

     Commissioned by Mary Brennan for the 70th birthday of Peter Morgan

2015

When Gravity Fails    version for clarinet & piano    8'

2012

Jazz Pieces    a song recycle for flute, alto sax, cello & piano    13' 

2011

Jazz Nibbles    a song recycle for flute, alto sax, double bass & piano    12' 

2010

Birthday Music >    three pieces for solo flute    7' 30"

     Commissioned for Hugues Roberts by his family and friends on the occasion of his 18th birthday,18 May 2010

        

 

2010

Jazz Bites    a song recycle for flute, violin, double bass & piano    9' 

   

2010

When Gravity Fails >    six pieces arranged for viola & piano    14'

2002

Murphy's Law >    sonata for soprano sax & piano     11' 

     Commissioned by Mark Hobson    

Performed by Barry Cockcroft (sax) and Adam Pinto (piano)

1999

Evening Romance from 'The Park Suite'    arr. for easy piano solo    2'

1994

A Short Suite >    for saxophone quartet    10'

      Commissioned by Mark Hobson 

1994

Bridgewater Quartet >    for flute, clarinet, violin & piano     14' 30"    

Performed by a student ensemble for the NZCT Chamber Music Competition 2007

Suitable for Education concerts 

2019

Snake and Lizard     for narrator and orchestra      7' 30"             

     2(1.p) 2 2 2(1.cbn) / 4 3 3 1 / timp, xylo, perc / str

     Commissioned by the Auckland Philharmonia for the APO 4 Kids Story time Concert March & April 2019         

2015

Animals of the Orchestra     for chamber orchestra       10'             

     2 2 2 2 / 1 1 2 0 / timp, perc(1) / str      ( + optional  tuba and trumpet II )

     A reworking of a selection from Saint–Saens 'Carnival of the Animals'.

     Devised for Resonance Ensemble Kidsfest programme, July 2015        

2013

The Cat Who Became a Poet >    for narrator & chamber orchestra      11'             

     2 2 2 2 / 2 2 2 0 / perc(2), hp / str

     Setting of a story by Margaret Mahy. Commissioned by the CSO for a Margaret Mahy Memorial concert. 

     Funded by Creative New Zealand     

Performed by the CSO

2009

A Lion in the Meadow >    for narrator & small orchestra      3' 30"             

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

     Setting of the childrens' book of the same name, by Margaret Mahy.

     Commissioned by the CSO for a Margaret Mahy Memorial concert with funding from Creative New Zealand.     

Performed by Juliet Reynolds–Midgley (narrator) and the CSO

1998

The Castaway Sailor >    for narrator & orchestra      24'             

     2(1.p) 2 2 2 / 4 3 2(1.btbn) 1 / timp, perc(2) / str

     Commissioned by the Christchurch Youth Orchestra and Paul Mayhew (conductor). Script by Michaelanne Forster.  

     With funding from Creative New Zealand.     

1992

The Juggler Overture >    for orchestra & optional juggler      5'             

     2(1.p) 2 2 3(1.2.cbn) / 4 3 3 1 / perc, hp / str

     Commissioned by the NZSO for Ron Goodwin's Summer Pops tour 1993

Performed by the NZSO and Ron Goodwin (conductor) (from 1993)

 

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