Wattle Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. 1954 by William Dargie
September 9th, 2022

The Tait Memorial Trust sends its deepest condolences to the Royal Family and friends of Her Majesty the Queen on the shocking news of her death.

The Queen and, before that, Princess Elizabeth was the background to all our lives. Her contribution is manifest in the Commonwealth and the ties that exist due to her efforts to bring the nations of the world together in peace.

From her first visit as Queen to Australia and New Zealand in 1954 she has enjoyed our constant devotion and love. In his welcoming speech, Prime Minister Robert Menzies asked the Queen to remember in this country of yours that every man, woman and child who sees you will remember it with joy – remember it in the words of that 17th century poet who wrote these lines, “I did but see her passing by and yet I’ll love her till I die”.

Her departure leaves an enormous void. We all feel a profound sense of loss and will miss her terribly. The 2nd Elizabethan Age of 70 years is now over.

Rest in Peace Your Majesty.

Long live King Charles III.
God Save The King.

Isla Baring OAM
Tait Memorial Trust

June Mendoza AO OBE will reveal her new joint portrait of Leslie & Peter Macleod Miller at our next Tait event Duetto.

In the spirit of twos Ross Alley and Chad Vindin will return to present an evening of duets and duos with some nice surprises to entertain you. Tickets available soon.

As ever we thank Leslie sincerely for offering the use of his beautiful London home for the concert and for providing the delicious food and wine.

Next Tait Event

Join us as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary. Book now for Tait Turns Thirty – Cabaret Style on the 30th November in the Exhibition Hall, Australia House. The evening will be artistically directed by Ross Alley & Chad Vindin.

We promise you a fun filled evening with a fond look back to our past and a glimpse into our future.

The Tait Memorial Trust

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 & New Zealand. The Trust offers awards/grants for postgraduate study, performance opportunities to young musicians and performing artists from Australia and New Zealand, and general help in the furtherance of their careers while resident in the UK.

Registered U.K Charity: 1042797

The Tait Memorial Trust

The Tait Memorial Trust is a charitable organisation based in London, which aims to promote and celebrate Australian and New Zealand cultural life, by offering scholarships, performing opportunities and mentoring to young musicians and dancers who wish to pursue their advanced studies in the United Kingdom.

Since 1992 the TMT has helped over 300 awardees. Violinist Emily Sun (2016 awardee) won the 2018 ABC Young Performers Award in Sydney (fellow Tait Awardees Andrey Lebedev (guitar) & Waynne Kwon (cello) were also in the final), and soprano Lauren Fagan recently appeared in Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the ROH, Covent Garden and represented Australia in the 2019 Cardiff Singer of the World.

Other distinguished Awardees include dramatic contralto Liane Keegan, dancer Chloe Keneally 2019 Winner of the BBC Young Dancer Competition (Classical Ballet Category) and Grand Finalist, pianist Jayson Gillham, and saxophonist Amy Dickson.

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