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Christopher Norton

NORTON, Christopher Garth. b. Dunedin, New Zealand, 22 June 1953. Educated at Otago Boys’ High School, Norton showed early promise as a musician; he began composing at the age of 14, and by the age of 16 he had had an orchestral work performed and broadcast. In 1974, already a talented pianist studying under Maurice Till, he gained a first-class degree in music from the University of Otago, and went on to teach music in a number of Wellington high schools, where he worked as a composer-in-residence for a year before launching as a freelance composer, arranger and concert pianist. In 1977 Norton travelled to Britain on a University Scholarship to study composition at York University with...

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