Norman started his career in Wartime ENSA as a professional musician in the theatre. He had trained as a performer (piano, organ, sax, clarinet and percussion) and, after the war, became a composer for many shows in London’s West End theatres. Then, after training as a teacher, he taught in secondary, junior and infant schools. For the last 11 years until he retired, he was School Inspector for Music to the London Borough of Havering. Since retirement he has continued working as a part-time lecturer in music education and as a consultant to several musical instrument firms, including, of course, the Clarke Tinwhistle Company.