Dr Philip Norman describes himself as a composer who enjoys conducting, but we think he's being a bit humble. Philip is an award-winning composer, conductor, author, speaker, educator and publisher.
His more than 250 compositions range from orchestral, chamber music and opera, to secular and sacred choral works - musicals with playwright Roger Hall and ballets for the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
He was invested as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music and music theatre in 2015. And he's the conductor for the Risingholme Orchestra. It's a community symphony orchestra, based in Christchurch, and musicians range from the age of 18 through to 98.