Tim Cunniffe


Tim Cunniffe

Keys 3 / Assistant Musical Director

Originally from Busselton in country WA, Tim got his first gig playing in a piano bar at the age of fifteen. He then studied Classical Piano with Jean Roberts and Robert Curry at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), graduating in 1994. During his third year he received a scholarship which enabled him to study with Frank Iogha at the State University of New York, and more recently studied conducting with Dobbs Franks.

Tim has built a reputation as a leading conductor, accompanist, and Musical Director for theatre productions and classical music concerts. He has undertaken Music Direction for The Effie Crump Theatre, The Music Theatre Company of WA, DAMAGE Theatre, Peach Productions, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of WA, The Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Deckchair Theatre, His Majesty’s Theatre, Downstairs @ Maj, The Brainbox Project, The Fremantle Chamber Orchestra, The Churchlands Choral Society, and at WAAPA, where he was a lecturer in Music Theatre from 1999 until 2011.

A well-known cabaret performer, Tim has co-created shows presented at Downstairs @ Maj (Perth), in Singapore, Malaysia and China, and at Fringe Festivals in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Edinburgh. In January of 2004 he was accompanist for The New I Voci Choir on their concert tour of Germany, and in the following December undertook Musical Direction for His Majesty’s Theatre’s centenary celebration Cavalcade.

2008 saw Tim conduct Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds in Peach Production’s season of Irene at His Majesty’s Theatre, for which he provided new arrangements for Miss Reynolds’ numbers. His conducting repertoire stretches across a diverse range, including opera, operetta, musicals, classical concerti and choral music. He has composed a chamber opera (African Queen), two musicals (Some Kind of Beautiful and Between the Lines), a short film a cappella opera (The Soloists), a sound installation (Siren – presented in Perth and San Francisco), various choral works, and contributed original songs and arrangements to countless cabarets and theatre productions.

Since relocating to Sydney in 2012, Tim has enjoyed repetiteur work and vocal coaching at the Australian Institute of Music and for Sydney Children’s Choir. His Assistant Musical Director positions on a national level have included the Australian Productions of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (James Anthony Productions), The King and I (Opera Australia/GFO), and Dirty Dancing (GFO).

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