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

Leanne Benjamin OBE
John Frost AM
Julian Gavin
Patricia Countess of Harewood
Peggy Haim
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
Shirley Barr
Anne Longden
Susie Thornton

Lorraine Buckland
Jan Gowrie-Smith
Ros Higgins
Kelly Lovelady
Wendy Kramer
Dr Margaret Mayston AM
Gayle McDermott
Patricia Nimmo
John Rendall
Margaret Rodgers
Ann Seddon
Belinda Syme
Jacqueline Thompson
Rosemary Tuck
Rosemary Wood

Honorary Member
Nicola Downer AM

Executive Director
James Hancock

Registered charity 1042797

Tait Winter Prom

St John's Smith Square

Tuesday 9th December 2014 at 7.30pm

Showcasing Australian Talent -- An evening of Music and Ballet

Supported by Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Presented by former Miss Australia, Kimberley Busteed the concert will feature Queenslander, Jayson Gillham, piano, (TMT Awardee 2009), who recently won the prestigious Montreal International Piano Competition. Jayson will open the concert playing Grainger's, Handel in the Strand and Mozarts, Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat K 449, and will accompany Melbourne born, Elena Xanthoudakis, soprano (TMT Awardee 2008), in one of Mozart's most sublime concert arias, Ch'io mi scordi di te? K.505, for orchestra, soprano and piano.

Tait Winter Prom supported by Commonwealth bank of Australia

Sydney Conservatorium graduate Xenia Deviatkina-Loh, Violin, (TMT Awardee 2013), will play The Lark Ascending, Vaughan-Williams...universally loved as one of the great works from the British Isles.

Elena Xanthoudakis, Soprano

The second half begins with the Pie Jesu from Kenneth MacMillan's, Requiem danced by Sophie Moffatt, a student from The Royal Ballet School. This is a great honour for us as our new Patron, Leanne Benjamin OBE, personally contacted the MacMillan estate to secure the rights. Leanne has a strong association with this work as it was the last piece she performed on the stage of The Royal Opera House before her retirement in 2013. Leanne will personally coach Sophie and prepare her for our Prom performance. Chad Vindin will accompany on the piano with soprano, Marlena Devoe (Winner 2014 Bel Canto Awards) singing Faure's Pie Jesu

Calvin Richardson (TMT Awardee 2013) was honoured by The Royal Ballet School when they programmed his choreography of The Dying Swan at the summer showcase at The Royal Opera House. In September Calvin was invited to join The Royal Ballet and we are delighted that they have permitted him to recreate the performance with Royal Ballet dancer, Matthew Ball dancing the solo with Adam Szabo playing the solo Cello and Chad Vindin, Piano.

Kevin Penkin, Composer

Kevin Penkin, Composer Tait Scholar (TMT Awardee 2013)

Adam Szabo, (TMT Awardde 2013/14), and Yelian He, (TMT Awardee 2009) and recent winner of the Australian Cello Awards, will play the thrilling Violoncelles Vibrez! by contemporary Italian composer, Giovanni Sollima followed by the premiere of a new composition by Kevin Penkin, Tait Scholar 2013. Performed by the Tait Chamber Orchestra, Nicola Crowe, Flute will play this new flute concerto and will be a significant debut for Kevin Penkin's latest work entitled, 'Changing Feet'.

Lauren Fagan, Soprano

Lauren Fagan, Soprano (TMT Awardee 2013)

Lauren Fagan (TMT Awardee 2013) has just joined the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at Covent Garden and is singing a lead role in Rossini's - La scala di seta - October 23rd & 24th at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House Tickets: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/meet-the-young-artists-week-performance-by-jette-parker-young-artists Lauren will join Gerard Schneider, National Opera Studio, to sing the final scene from Puccini's, La Boheme.

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The Tait Chamber Orchestra

Conducted by Kelly Lovelady

Directed by Greg Eldridge

@Presented by Kimberley Busteed

Jayson Gillham, Piano

Elena Xanthoudakis, Soprano

Xenia Deviatkina-Loh, Violin

Sophie Moffatt, Dancer

Calvin Richardson, Choreographer

Matthew Ball, Dancer

Marlena Devoe, Soprano

Chad Vindin, Piano

Adam Szabo, Cello

Yelian He, Cello

Nicola Crowe, Flute

Gerard Schneider, Tenor

Lauren Fagan, Soprano

Concert Programme

Percy Grainger (1882-1961)

Handel in the Strand

Jayson Gillham, Piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Piano Concerto: No. 14 in E flat , K. 449

Jayson Gillham, Piano

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

The Lark Ascending

Xenia Deviatkina-Loh, Violin

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Ch'io mi scordi di te? Non temer, amato bene. K.505

Elena Xanthoudakis, Soprano

Jayson Gillham, Piano

Interval 20mins

Gabriel Faure

Kenneth MacMillan 1 - choreography

Requiem, Pie Jesu solo

Sophie Moffatt, dancer 2

Coached by Leanne Benjamin OBE

Marlena Devoe, Soprano

Chad Vindin, Piano


The Swan

The Carnival of the Animals

Calvin Richardson - choreography

The Dying Swan

Calvin Richardson, Dancer 3

Adam Szabo, Cello

Chad Vindin, Piano

Giovanni Sollima (1962- )

Violoncelles Vibrez!

Yelian He & Adam Szabo, Cellos

Kevin Penkin (1992- )

Changing Feet

Nicola Crowe, Flute

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

La Boheme, Act 1

Che gelida manina

Si, mi chiamano Mimi

O soave fanciulla

Lauren Fagan, Soprano 4

Gerard Schneider, Tenor 5

1 Performed with the kind permission from The MacMillan Estate

2 Appears with kind permission from The Royal Ballet School

3 Appears with kind permission from The Royal Ballet

4 Appears with kind permission from the Royal Opera House

5 Appears with kind permission from The National Opera Studio