Tim Newhouse

Composer, Musician and Arranger


Tim Newhouse is a twenty-three year old composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist based in, and from, Perth, Western Australia. He maintains a busy schedule as an artistic and stage composer, performer, orchestrator, copyist, musical director and teacher. Tim is currently focused on the intersection between jazz, orchestral timbres, sampling and electronica pop. His compositions have been performed internationally and all around Australia, most notably at two World Saxophone Congress conferences in France and Wales (2015) and Croatia (2018). Tim's music has also been regularly performed at the Perth International Jazz Festival as well as the Manly and Davenport jazz festivals.

Tim is the 2018 composer-in-residence with the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra, and was their 2014 associate composer-in-residence. Tim is a recipient of the yCulture DrugAware grant, used to record his debut album which is being released in November 2018, and also received the 2015 Jack Bendat Travel Scholarship, which funded a solo tour to the east coast of Australia performing Tim's compositions for jazz orchestra. His performance of an original score for The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea led to him winning an adjudicators’ Finley Award in 2013.

Tim is a versatile multi-woodwind instrumentalist, pianist and male vocalist. He is an active performer, involved in all sorts of projects ranging between being a featured soloist in eclectic orchestras, playing in pit orchestras for musicals and performing contemporary works with sound artists, improvisers and DJ's. He has performed and worked with local artists such as Victoria Newton, the Mace Francis Orchestra, The Idea of North, Daniel Susnjar and ARIA award-winner Sarah McKenzie, as well as internationally acclaimed artists such as Julian Arguelles, Evan Sherman, James Morrison, Darcy James Argue, Ed Partyka and Ed Neumeister.

As an arranger and orchestrator, Tim has contributed to music by Rachael Dease, Michelle Nicole, Abbe May, Johannes Luebbers, the Perth Symphony Orchestra and the Perth Cabaret Collective. Tim aims to continue a wide variety of collaborations; working with theatre, bringing contemporary music to the orchestra and expanding the artistic possibilities of the big band.

A full CV is available here.



"It takes a certain courage, flair and passion to create your own music. Tim Newhouse not only possesses these attributes, but owns them and brings them to every performance he commits to. A respected talent for his age, Newhouse will continue to grow into something truly special in Australian music." – James Mustafa, Australian Jazz Bell Award winner (jamesmustafa.com)

You have to learn the rules before you break them. Tim knows the rules and then breaks them beautifully.” – Mace Francis, WAYJO artistic director (macefrancis.com)

Brilliant as always, nobody knows what I am after better than him. Totally amazing.” – Amanda Crewes, The Actors Hub director

The whimsical score and astute musical direction played an important role in this tremendous adaption… …What was surprising to us was that the score and musical direction was done by one man – and that man was only 18 years old. He showed a perception beyond his years and an understanding of the material beyond his years that will no doubt serve him well for the rest of his career.” – Kent Acott, Finley Awards adjudicator

“Tim Newhouse has created a subtle, most effective, slow (almost ad libitum) soundscape of music; at times the music was just the occasional note.” Gordon the Optum, Independent Theatre Association

“Incredible music, wonderfully played. Tim tells stories that are at times profoundly moving and at others, lively and fun. Unmissable!” – Bourby Webster, Perth Symphony Orchestra founder and director


Tim's full CV can be found here.