Newcater began composing at age twelve. Some of his student compositions were passed on to Erik Chisholm (the Dean of the Faculty of Music at the University of Cape Town) and the composer Arnold van Wyk. This resulted in Newcater being granted correspondence tuition for three years.
Newcater studied at the Royal College of Music in London under the composer Peter Racine Fricker, and later under Humphrey Searle, the British twelve-tone composer, and won the Vaughan Williams Award. Newcater was offered the post of senior lecturer in composition under Prof Faulkner, but problems with his work permit prevented Newcater staying in London and he returned to South Africa.
Partial list of works
- First Symphony
- Raka (ballet)
- Variations de Timbre
- Third Symphony
- String Quartet
- Songs of the Inner Worlds (soprano and orchestra)
- Cape Chronicles
- African Idylls (string quartet)
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