Philip Norman has been entertaining 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) and ballets for the Royal New Zealand Ballet such as the highly successful Peter Pan.
Philips association with The Court Theatre began in 1979. The company has produced six of his musicals: Love Off the Shelf; Footrot Flats; Dirty Weekends; Fresh Revolving Pleasures; Jobless and The Great Art War.
Philip holds a PhD in musicology and is the award-winning author of Douglas Lilburn: His Life and Music and the compiler and publisher of John Ritchie at Ninety: a festschrift.