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

Upcoming Tait & Partner Events

The Leanne Benjamin Awards 2015


A special auction of signed ballet pointe shoes.
Signed and personally used by retired Royal Ballet star, Leanne Benjamin AM OBE.
The Auction will conclude at, 'An evening with Leanne Benjamin in conversation with Ross Alley'
presented by The Tait Memorial Trust.

Make a Bid here


All funds raised will go towards the 2015 Leanne Benjamin Awards for young Australian dancers.

'An evening with Leanne Benjamin'

English National Ballet

Markova House

39 Jay Mews

London SW7 2ES

Thursday July 2nd at 7.30pm

7:30 PM

Drinks and Canapés

Wolf Blass Yellow Label Sparkling Wine kindly provided by Treasury Wine Estates

Tickets  £50/£40 Tait Friends, £15 Students

Group bookings: 2 for £80

Enquiries/Bookings: 0207 351 0561

On July 2nd, in an evening especially arranged for the Tait Trust, Leanne will discuss her illustrious career in conversation with Ross Alley incorporating selected film footage of highlights of her dancing and the important roles which she interpreted. Leanne is a wonderful, engaging speaker and this opportunity to hear her relate the sometimes hilarious accounts of what actually takes place at rehearsals and performances is not to be missed.

Last year, the Tait Trust was thrilled to welcome the outstanding Australian ballerina, Leanne Benjamin AM OBE, as a patron. In a long and distinguished career that spanned 30 years, Leanne danced as a principal artist with many of the world’s major ballet companies including the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, London Festival Ballet, Deutsche Oper Ballet and The Royal Ballet before retiring two years ago. Leanne created new roles for choreographers including Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon, Alastair Marriott and Alexei Ratmasky. Leanne was also one of the last dancers of The Royal Ballet to work with all of its founding choreographers: Ninette de Valois, Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan.

An evening with Leanne Benjamin

LBA History

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 at a Tait Friends event at Australia House on Tuesday 14th October 2014 as a contribution to her fees at The Royal Ballet School.


Past Events
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