Tait Memorial Trust

Proudly supporting young
Australian performing
artists in the UK


Founded in 1992

Principal Partner

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Chairman
Isla Baring OAM

Founding Patrons
Dame Joan Sutherland AC OM DBE
Viola, Lady Tait AM
John McCallum AO CBE
Googie Withers AO CBE

Patrons
Leanne Benjamin AM OBE
John Frost AM
Julian Gavin
Patricia Countess of Harewood
Barry Humphries AO CBE
Piers Lane AO
June Mendoza AO OBE
Ermes de Zan

Partners

Qantas Airways Limited, Event Partner, The Tait Memorial Trust

Australia Day Foundation, Event Partner, The Tait Memorial Trust

Treasury Wine Estates, Event Partner, The Tait Memorial Trust

Australian Business, Event Partner, The Tait Memorial Trust

Royal Over-Seas League, Partner, The Tait Memorial Trust

Britain-Australia Society, Partner, The Tait Memorial Trust

Trustees
Justin Baring
Isla Baring OAM
Shirley Barr
Anne Longden
Susie Thornton

Committee
Fay Curtin
Jan Gowrie-Smith
Caroline Hamilton
Ros Higgins
Wendy Kramer
Dr Margaret Mayston AM
Gayle McDermott
Patricia Nimmo
John Rendall
Margaret Rodgers
Ann Seddon
Jacqueline Thompson

Honorary Member
Nicola Downer AM

Executive Director
James Hancock

Registered charity 1042797
info@taitmemorialtrust.org

Upcoming Tait & Partner Events


May 30th at 4:00 PM The Story of the Kelly Gang
KING'S COLLEGE, THE STRAND
LONDON WC2R 2LS
SATURDAY MAY 30TH
Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts


May 30th at 7:30 PM Double Bill, Jayson Gillham & The Australia Piano Quartet
KING'S COLLEGE, THE STRAND
LONDON WC2R 2LS
SATURDAY MAY 30TH
Tait/ Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts joint concert


May 31st at 1:30 PM Tait Young Musicians Showcase
KING'S COLLEGE, THE STRAND
LONDON WC2R 2LS
SUNDAY MAY 31ST
Tait/ Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts joint concert


May 31st at 7.30pm Ana de la Vega plays with the English Chamber Orchestra
KINGS PLACE, LONDON
SUNDAY MAY 31ST
English Chamber Orchestra concert


July 2nd at 7:30 PM The Leanne Benjamin Awards
English National Ballet, Markova House, 39 Jay Mews, London


AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE & ARTS

28th May - 31st May 2015 at King's College, London


AusNZ Fest


AusNZ Fest


We are delighted to be working with the Australia & New Zealand Festival to produce two concerts in the Chapel at King's College, London, featuring current and past Tait awardees.

We are thrilled that the The Story of the Kelly Gang, directed by Charles Tait (pictured above) in 1906, is to be screened. It was the longest narrative film yet seen, with an original running time of more than an hour, Don't miss this special event..

Look out for the 'pop up' performances at the Festival too...more details to follow

THE STORY OF THE KELLY GANG

SATURDAY MAY 30TH

4:00 PM TO 5:10 PM

TICKETS: £10/ £8/ £7 CONC


AusNZ Fest


The Story of the Kelly Gang, directed by Charles Tait in 1906, was the longest narrative film yet seen, with an original running time of more than an hour. In 2007, it was listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register as the world's first surviving full-length feature film.

Tracing the life of the infamous outlaw and bushranger Ned Kelly, the film was made only 26 years after his execution and shot over a six-month period largely on the Chartersville estate at Heidelberg, later to become one of Melbourne's outer suburbs.

Just seventeen minutes of Tait’s silent classic are known to have survived, including the crucial scene showing Kelly’s last stand. The footage has been restored by the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA), and this special screening will have a live piano accompaniment.

After the film, the audience will hear the fascinating story of how Charles Tait’s ground-breaking work was made, then lost, then discovered again by his grandson Angus Forbes. The latter has also written a screenplay treatment about his grandfather, Charlie and the Gang.

Forbes will be talking with Ian Henderson, director of the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies and Stephen Morgan, PhD in Film Studies at King’s College

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TAIT GALA CONCERT

DOUBLE BILL: JAYSON GILLHAM AND THE AUSTRALIA PIANO QUARTET

KING'S COLLEGE

THE STRAND

LONDON WC2R 2LS

SATURDAY MAY 30TH

7:30 PM TO 9:00 PM

TICKETS: £12/ £10 CONC / £9 STUDENT


AusNZ Fest Gilham & The APQ


Pianist Jayson Gillham and the Australian Piano Quartet come together in a double bill to present an evening of ensemble and solo piano, exploring contemporary Australian repertoire, and a look back to the forgotten generation of early-Australian classical composition. The evening will include work by Frederick Septimus Kelly, Bach, Grainger, Vine and Sculthorpe, among others.

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TAIT YOUNG MUSICIANS SHOWCASE

KING'S COLLEGE

THE STRAND

LONDON WC2R 2LS

SUNDAY MAY 31ST

1:30 PM TO 2:30 PM

TICKETS: £10/ £8/ £7


AusNZ Fest


Join us for this showcase of young Australian & New Zealand talent studying in the UK. The Tait Trust has supported young Australian performing artists since 1992 and to date have helped more than 250 young Australians. We are delighted to welcome three young musicians from New Zealand and three from Australia in this celebration of classical music excellence.

This showcase includes pianist Chad Vindin (Aus), violist Lisa Bucknell (Aus), soprano Joanna Norman(Aus), clarinettist Marcus Norman (NZ) and violinist Olivia Francis (NZ).

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ANA DE LA VEGA, FLUTE

ENGLISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

KINGS PLACE, LONDON

SUNDAY MAY 31ST AT 7.30PM

Ana de la Vega plays with the English Chamber Orchestra

Terrific news from Australian flautist, Ana de la Vega. It is a busy time for the Trust with a full calendar of concerts coming up. Ana’s concert with the English Chamber Orchestra shouldn’t be missed.


"I write to you from Hamburg where I have rehearsals this weekend. I have just returned from an 11 concert sold-out tour of Australia which was simply fantastic. I was the first time I have played in Australia in 10 years and so very sentimental.I am playing another concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra next Sunday 31st May at 7:30pm at Kings Place. I play the Mozart Flute Concerto In D and the Mozart Andante in C."

As a proud Australian Ana is the artistic director of the London International Players who have just had a rave review in The STRAD, and her solo career has seen her onto many of Europe’s most prestigious stages!




Ana de la Vega, Biography

Few flautists of her generation have performed so extensively worldwide as soloist and chamber musician. Ana de la Vega’s recent Wigmore Hall debut was reviewed as ‘Outstanding’ (Classical Source), her Cadogan Hall London performance as ‘true artistry’ (Musical Opinion), and her Berlin Philharmonie debut as ‘first-class’.

Ana was student of the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris where studied for her Premier Prix under Catherine Cantin, as well as with Philippe Pierlot and Raymond Guiot. At the age of 23 she won the position of Principal Flute with the Orquestra Sinfonica do Norte in Portugal. Since then she has held Principal Flute positions with the EPK Europa Philharmonie in Baden-Württemberg in Germany, and the Philharmonie der Nationen in Hamburg.

Ana is founder and artistic director of the London International Players, a dynamic London ensemble which brings together the finest musicians of her generation. On the wings of her dynamism they have already in their first season performed in Europes greatest halls to high regard, making headlines in the UK and abroad with their ‘explosive and ‘dazzling’ performances (World Of Classical Music, Wigmore Hall review).



“With tremendous élan and vitality, de le Vega revealed her artistry…”

Musical Opinion, London


Ana de la Vega


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London International Players, Artistic Director



The Leanne Benjamin Awards 2015

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English National Ballet

Markova House

39 Jay Mews

London SW7 2ES

Wednedsay July 2nd at 7.30pm

7:30 PM

TICKETS: £50/ £40 for Tait Friends


The Tait Memorial Trust in collaboration with Tait Patron Leanne Benjamin AM OBE launched new ballet awards for young Australian dancers studying in the UK. The proceeds from the first event at The Royal Ballet School on Thursday 12th June 2014 were added to this scholarship fund. Australian students at the school including Sophie Moffatt, Josephine Frick, Kiely Groenewegen, Grace Robinson, Harry Churches, Connor Barlow (English National Ballet School) and Kenji Wilkie performed for an audience which included Lady Sainsbury CBE, Maestro Richard Bonynge AC CBE and Sir Peter Wright CBE. The evening ended with a masterclass given by Leanne Benjamin.

The first recipient, Josephine Frick, was presented with a cheque for £8,000 at a Tait Friends event at Australia House on Tuesday 14th October 2014 as a contribution to her fees at The Royal Ballet School.

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