Tait Memorial Trust

Proudly supporting young
Australian performing
artists in the UK

Founded in 1992

Principal Partner

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Isla Baring OAM

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

Danielle de Niese
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


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

Justin Baring
Isla Baring OAM
Shirley Barr
Anne Longden
Susie Thornton

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
Rosemary Tuck

Honorary Member
Nicola Downer AM

Executive Director
James Hancock

Registered charity 1042797

Vale Roderick Lakin MBE
Vale Roderick Lakin MBE
Terrible news of our most loved and treasured friend and supporter of The Tait Trust for nearly 18 years.
We shall miss Roderick enormously his death will be an enormous loss to the music world in London, and Overseas in Australia and New Zealand . His energy and love and commitment in helping young people was beyond compare. It is the huge loss to us all in the music world, and we shall never forget his help and loyalty to The Tait Trust. Deeply mourned and shattered by this tragedy. It is a monumental loss ,and hard to understand what has happened..

We send our deepest condolences to his wife Margaret and family and to all who mourn his sudden death.
We shall keep his memory alive always and never forget what he did for us

Love Isla


The Tait Memorial Trust

The Tait Memorial Trust has raised more than £500,000 to help support young Australian musicians and dancers who need financial assistance while they are studying in the U.K. Through the Royal Over-Seas League it grants a scholarship to ‘the Australian musician showing the most promise’ in the Annual Music Competition. The Trust also grants a prize to the winner of Opera Foundation Australia’s Covent Garden National Opera Studio Scholarship. The Trust also contributes financially to the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation, Bel Canto Awards and will provide a concert platform in London to the winner.

In 2013 the Trust created a new scholarship at the Royal College of Music to be known as the ‘Tait Scholar’. In addition to this, the Trust continues to support its numerous existing awards: the Sir Charles Mackerras chair with the Southbank Sinfonia; grants to young Australian dancers with the Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School and the Rambert Dance Company; grants to singers with the Wales International Academy of Voice and a special award to a finalist in the Mietta Song Recital Award in Melbourne.

Who we are

The Tait Memorial Trust was formed in 1992 by Isla Baring OAM in memory of Sir Frank and Viola, Lady Tait and the Tait brothers who played such an important part in the establishment of theatre and the performing arts in Australia.

The Trust offers awards/grants for postgraduate study, performance opportunities to young Australian musicians and performing artists and general help in the furtherance of their careers while resident in the UK. To ensure its continuance the Trust arranges regular fund raising events and concerts, invariably featuring the talented young winners of the various awards, and relies a great deal on financial support from the business sector, private donors and other loyal supporters.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Principal Partner

The Tait Memorial Trust and Commonwealth Bank of Australia are delighted to announce that Commonwealth Bank is the Principal Partner of the Trust. The announcement was made at Australia House at a Tait Friends event on Tuesday 14th October by Tait Chairman, Isla Baring OAM & Melinda Walker, Executive Manager, International Premier Banking More here

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