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
Danielle de Niese
Ermes de Zan

Partners

Australia Day Foundation, 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 Longdon
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
Rosemary Tuck

Music Board
Caroline Almonte
Isla Baring OAM
Julian Gavin
Dr Leslie Howard
Liane Keegan
Cameron Menzies
Anthony Roden

Artistic Planning
Jessica Cottis
Jayson Gillham
Katrina Sheppeard
Chad Vindin

Honorary Member
Nicola Downer AM

Charity Arts Administrator
James Hancock

Registered charity 1042797
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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 contributes financially to the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation, Bel Canto Awards and provides 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’. This was followed by the 'Higgins Scholar' at the Royal Northern College of Music. In addition to this, the Trust continues to support its numerous existing awards: The John Frost/Frank and Viola Tait Award; the Sir Charles Mackerras chair with the Southbank Sinfonia; in 2014 we created the 'Leanne Benjamin Awards' for young Australian dancers with the Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School; for the winner of the Australian International Opera Awards we offer 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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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, Europe More here

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.

Last night of Sutherland-Williamson tour 1965


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.