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Philip Norman

Arranger, Composer, Performer

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Born: 1953

Biography

Composer, conductor, author, speaker, educator and publisher Philip Norman has been presenting work to 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 Ballet such as the highly successful Peter Pan. His music has been performed in many countries, by organisations as diverse as The Vienna Boys Choir, The Kemerovo Philharmonic Orchestra (Siberia), The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough UK directed by playwright Alan Ayckbourn, and The West Australian Ballet, Perth.

Recent compositions include Echoes of an Exhibition commissioned by the Sadler Jones Trust for the 25th anniversary of the Risingholme Orchestra, Christchurch 2017; and It’s Love Isn’t It? for solo classical guitar and reciter(s) commissioned by guitarist Matthew Marshall with funding from Creative New Zealand and the New Zealand Guitar Foundation, setting love poems by Alistair Te Ariki and Meg Campbell.

Philip is a past president of the Composers Association of New Zealand, a founder trustee of Christchurch’s The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts (opened in August 2016), the immediate past chairman of the Christchurch City Choir, and music director of the Risingholme Orchestra. He holds a PhD in musicology and is the award-winning author of Douglas Lilburn: His Life and Music as well as the compiler and publisher of John Ritchie at Ninety: a festschrift. He was the inaugural Lilburn research fellow at the Alexander Turnbull Library in 2013 and is the 2017-2018 Creative New Zealand-Micahel King Writing Fellow completing writing a history of composition in New Zealand. Philip was a recipient artist of a grant from Adrienne, Lady Stewart as a result of her 2009 Arts Foundation Award for Patronage. He was invested as a Companion in the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) ‘for services to music and music theatre’ in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

For further information visit [his website](www.philipnormancomposer.com) or the Arts Foundation website. For samples of his music visit https://soundcloud.com/philip-norman-composer


Composed (121)

A Christmas Carol

ballet music for orchestra, 1h 40m


A Christmas Carol

three act ballet with music for computer controlled keyboards, 1h 41m


A Christmas Carol

an opera for an ensemble of principals, chorus, dancers and orchestra, 1h 45m


A Factory Opera

a chamber opera for 6 principals, SATB chorus and 2 pianos, 30m


A Lion in the Meadow

for narrator and orchestra, 5m


A Man Who is Fifty

for TTBB choir and piano, 5m


A New Sky

for TTBB choir


A Padre's Story

for computer-controlled keyboards


A Short Suite

for saxophone quartet, 10m


A Simpleton's Peace

for piano, 8m


A Stab In The Dark

a comic operetta, 2h


And soon it will be dawn

for brass and percussion


Another Beatles Medley

for orchestra, 10m


Apple Crumble

for orchestra, 12m


At the Lighting of the Lamps

for SATB choir and full orchestra, 13m


Barbershop Quartet Arrangements

For TTBB vocal quartet, 7m


Bells

for congregation and organ, 2m


Between the Rivers

for youth orchestra, 9m


Birthday Music

for solo flute, 7m 30s


Bridgewater Quartet

for flute, clarinet, violin and piano, 14m 30s


Canterbury Rhythms

for orchestra, 12m


Carol of the (New Zealand) Birds

for treble voices with piano accompaniment


Carol of the (New Zealand) Birds

for a capella SATB choir


Changing Lanes

for piano


Clementine

for unaccompanied SATB choir, 3m


Collection of Jazz-Like Arrangements for Choir

for various combinations of SSATB voices


Concerto

for piano, violin and orchestra, 20m


Concerto No.2 For Twenty Car Horns

for 20 cars and a motorbike, 6m


Deck the Bells (with yuletide folly)

for one piano eight hands, 6m


Dirty Weekends

a musical, 2h


Does No-One Care?

for SA choir (with soprano and alto solos) and piano, 3m


Dudelsack Medley

for small orchestra with solo dudelsack, 3m 15s


Earthquake: 22.2.11

for narrator and orchestra, 6m


Evening Romance

for piano, 3m


Fanfare for Dame Silvia Cartwright

for 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones and tuba, 1m 10s


Fanfare on Personent Hodie

for orchestra, 1m 30s


Fanfare on Star-Spangled Banner

for brass and percussion, 1m


Fanfare: And Soon It Will Be Dawn

for orchestral brass, timpani, tam tam and bass drum


Flingamango Tango

for orchestra


Footrot Flats

a musical, 2h


Fresh Revolving Pleasures

a chamber musical, 2h


Friendship Haiku

for orchestra, 10m


House of Awa

music for dance-theatre piece, 15m


Hunger Songs

for unaccompanied SSA choir, 7m


Inception to Infinity

for solo guitar and string orchestra, 15m


Interface 640

for oboe, clarinet and bassoon, 4m


Jazz Bites

for flute, violin, piano and optional double bass, 10m


Jazz Nibbles (son of 'Jazz Bites')

for flute, alto saxophone (or viola or clarinet), piano and double bass, 12m


Jobless

a musical for three actor-singers and piano, 2h


Joy to the World

for orchestra


Little Jack Horner

for SSA choir and piano


Love off the Shelf

a musical, 55m


Love Song

for unaccompanied TTBB choir


Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis

for SATB choir and organ, 5m 30s


Making It Big

a musical, 2h


Measured Mass

for TTBB choir and organ, 10m


Mists

for orchestra, 2m


Morton's Fork

for violin and piano, 2m


Mr Fezziwig's Dance Party

for solo violin or flute and string orchestra, 5m


Murphy's Law

for clarinet and piano


Murphy's Law

for soprano saxophone and piano, 11m


New Chums and the Old Identity

for SAB choir, soloists, speakers and orchestra, 1h 10m


New Zealand Made

a dance interlude for theatre production directed by Mark Prain, with choreography by Marion Lyftogt, 16m


O Holy Night

for solo soprano, choir and orchestra, 6m


On Entering the Temple of Hymen

for trumpet and organ, 4m


One In Five

a road safety musical, 20m


Opposites

for viola and bassoon, 9m


Our Christmas

for 2 or 3-part voices with string orchestra, 2m


Overture

for orchestra, 6m


Parliament of Women

for piano duet, 19m


Patapan

for orchestra and singer, 2m


Peter Pan

music for a 3-act ballet, 1h 27m


Plumsong

for unaccompanied SATB choir, 12m


Proud to call New Zealand Home

for barbershop quartet (TTBB), 2m


Psalm 150

for SA choir, organ and optional cymbals, 3m


Psalm 150

for SATB choir, organ and optional cymbals, 3m


Psalm CL

for SATB choir and organ, 4m


Ravenous Uncles (and Many Thin Greedy Aunts)

for children's choir with piano, 10m


Shipwreck

for TTBB choir and piano, 12m


Shipwreck

for SATB choir, brass, piano and percussion, 12m


Shipwreck

for SATB choir and orchestra, 12m


Shipwreck

for SATB choir and piano, 11m 45s


Sonata

for piano, 10m


Songs of the Wild

for massed choir


Sounds, Symbols and Snippets

vocalises to accompany a book by Lois M. Clausen, 1m


Stiff Luck For The Undertaker

a comic operetta, 2h


Suite for Solo Cello

for cello, 10m


Suite from 'Peter Pan'

for orchestra, 19m


Suite from A Christmas Carol

for orchestra, 18m


Te Maia and the Sea-Devil

music for a ballet, 1h


Tense Melodies

for flute and guitar, 6m


Terrible Tom

music for a ballet, 55m


The 'I Am Show'

a health musical, 14m


The Ballad of Settler McGee

for choir, orchestra, jazz orchestra, rock group Maori ensemble and audience, 18m


The Ballad of Settler McGee

for symphonic band, 16m


The Battle Hymn of the Republic

for solo soprano, SATB choir and orchestra, 4m


The Castaway Sailor

for narrator and orchestra, 25m


The Cat Who Became a Poet

for narrator and orchestra


The Dress-Up Box

songs for a children's television series, 2h 40m


The Earth We Share

for SATB choir and piano, 2m


The Earth We Share

for unison voice(s) and piano, 3m


The Juggler

for orchestra, 5m


The Park

for orchestra, 20m


The Pleasure Garden

a chamber opera, 20m


The Song of the Pioneer

for TTBB choir and piano, 2m


Thog Thaga

a musical for children, 25m


Transports of Delight

for piano and massed choir with SA harmony, 3m 15s


Tui Trio

for tenor saxophone, viola and piano, 7m


Two Anthems

for full orchestra


Two Brunnei Folksongs

for SSA choir and piano, 6m


Waiting for Caroline

for viola and piano


Waiting for Caroline

for horn and piano, 15m


Wenceslas

for orchestra and SA choir with optional TB parts


Wenceslas

for unison treble choir and orchestra, 13m


When Gravity Fails

for viola and piano, 14m


When Gravity Fails

for viola and orchestra


Where would a songwriter be without love?

a compilation musical, 2h


Witches, Clowns, Promises

for children's voices and orchestra, 10m


Witches, Clowns, Promises

for voice (or unison voices) and piano, 10m


Wonderful Me

for voice(s) and piano with optional harmony



Arranged (3)

Joy to the World

for orchestra


Patapan

for orchestra and singer, 2m


Te Harinui

arranged for orchestra by Philip Norman