25th Jubilee

The Risingholme Orchestra was pleased to present its jubilee concert at The Piano on Sunday the 18th June.

We thank all those who came to share in the occasion and enjoy the music with us. It was an almost ‘full house’ at the Philip Carter Family Concert Hall.
We wish to acknowledge the leadership of our Musical Director and Conductor, Dr Philip Norman and Guest Conductor Anthony Ferner.

Letter to the Editor (The Press, 1 June 2017)

Orchestra milestone

Bravo indeed to Philip Norman, guest artists and members of the Risingholme orchestra as they celebrated 25 years to a packed and highly appreciative audience in The Piano (June 18). The orchestra has progressed amazingly over the years and are a great credit to all concerned, both past and present.

John Emeleus (patron)

Commemorative History

A commemorative history of the first 25 years of the orchestra’s activities is available for viewing or download:

Risingholme Orchestra: The First Twenty Five Years (PDF)

Concert Programme

A copy of the concert programme is available for viewing or download:

24th Jubilee Concert Programme (PDF)


As part of the celebrations an interview was recorded and went to air between Jesse Mulligan and Philip Norman.

Listen to Jesse & Philip’s interview here:


The jubilee was also an occasion for celebrating the valued contributions of those of our members who are still playing members in their 90s. In particular we noted the musical talents of Doug Kelly and Mel Smith who were interviewed for Radio New Zealand by Zoe George.

Listen to Doug and Mel’s interview here:


Our Next Concert

The Risingholme Orchestra’s next concert will be held on Sunday 26 November 2017 – Die Fledermaus Reunion Concert at Avonhead School, 55 Avonhead Road at 2.00 pm.