Meet our orchestra

Our orchestra members are as diverse as the works we perform. Our youngest players are in their early 20s, while our oldest celebrated his 100th birthday last year. We come from all walks of life, and with varying levels of experience: some of us took up our instrument after a hiatus of many years; some are adult beginners; and some of us have been involved in music-making all our lives.

A year in review: read our music director’s annual report covering our 2021 highlights.

Our conductor Philip Norman


Philip Norman is an award-winning composer and author who enjoys conducting. From organs to orchestras, car horns to choirs, ballads to ballet, his compositions span the breadth of the performing arts. His critical and historical writings have also focused on the arts, with a particular emphasis on the work of other New Zealand composers. 

A PhD graduate of the University of Canterbury, Philip has had extensive experience in musical direction, arts administration and arts advocacy throughout his 40-year freelance career based in Christchurch. He was invested as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015 “for services to music and music theatre”, and was the 2018/19 holder of the prestigious Creative New Zealand Michael King Writer’s Fellowship.

Our concertmaster Amandine Guerin


Amandine Guerin is a graduate of the Conservatoire National de Région of Montpellier, France. As well as her study and teaching activities, she was concertmaster of the Ensemble Instrumental Contrepoint.

From 1998 Amandine lived in Tokyo, Japan where she taught violin and coached young chamber groups at the International Music School Solfran. She was also a freelance player in various orchestras and ensembles. 

Moving to Dunedin, New Zealand in 2004, she played first violin and was acting concertmaster in the Southern Sinfonia. 

Since 2009 Amandine has played first violin with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. She is also a founding member of the chamber ensemble Les Bons Vivants, which in 2017 completed an extensive tour of the country for Chamber Music NZ.

Would you like to know more about our orchestra and its history? Click here to download a brochure written in celebration of our 25-year jubilee in 2017.