Tait Memorial Trust

Proudly supporting young
Australian performing
artists in the UK


Founded in 1992

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
Julian Gavin
Patricia Countess of Harewood
Peggy Haim
Barry Humphries AO CBE
Piers Lane AO
June Mendoza AO OBE
Ermes de Zan

Dance Arches

Australia Day Foundation

Royal Philharmonic Society

Treasury Wine Estates

Sloane Club, London

Minter Ellison

Cubitt House

ROSL

Trustees
Justin Baring
Isla Baring
Shirley Barr
Anne Longden
Susie Thornton

Committee
Lorraine Buckland
Kelly Dalglish
Jan Gowrie-Smith
Ros Higgins
Robyn Hollands
Kelly Lovelady
Wendy Kramer
Joanna McCallum
Gayle McDermott
Patricia Nimmo
John Pierce
John Rendall
Margaret Rodgers
Ann Seddon
Belinda Syme
Jacqueline Thompson
Rosemary Tuck
Rosemary Wood

Executive Director
James Hancock

Registered charity 1042797
info@taitmemorialtrust.org
Leanne Benjamin Awards

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.
Valda Wilson, Soprano
Valda Wilson, Soprano (TMT Awardee 2008)

The Tait Memorial Trust has raised more than £250,000 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.

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