Changing Feet – A musical exploration of changing pace





FLUTE: Nicola Crowe

CONDUCTOR: Kelly Lovelady

ORCHESTRA: Tait Chamber Orchestra

Changing Feet is a commission from the Tait Memorial Trust, and is receiving its premiere on 9th December 2014.

For solo flute and chamber orchestra, Penkin describes it as:

“Changing Feet is about changing pace. Leaving the world’s most isolated city to live in one of the most industrious and compact environments requires a huge mental change. This piece tries to reflect not only the mentality of someone who grew up in Perth, but the experience of moving to London and ultimately returning home back to Australia. This work explores what one could miss of Perth, be it the silence, the space or the natural beauty…”

Premiere of a new composition that was commissioned by the Tait Trust, by Australian composer, Kevin Penkin (Tait Scholar 2013/14). Performed by the Tait Chamber Orchestra, Nicola Crowe, Flute (Tait Awardee 2013), plays Kevin Penkin’s latest work entitled, ‘Changing Feet’ with The Tait Chamber Orchestra at St John’s Smith Square, London. Tait Winter Prom supported by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Live performance Tuesday 9th December 2014.

Kevin Penkin (b. 1996)

Perth-born composer Kevin Penkin is truly an up-and-coming star in the contemporary music scene. Currently studying at the Royal College of Music, London, he is a current Tait Awardee, and his work has been featured in everything from video games to concert halls.
His entrepreneurial approach to composition is both refreshing and exciting, with his work commissioned by the Perth Symphony Orchestra and the Perth Chamber Orchestra. His UK Concert Debut was by the RCM Student Film Orchestra earlier this year.

Commonwealth Bank announced as new Principal Partner of the Tait Memorial Trust

The Tait Memorial Trust is delighted to announce its new partnership with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. The Commonwealth Bank is a long-standing and passionate supporter and corporate partner of some of Australia’s leading arts organisations.

Their partnerships with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Bangarra Dance Theatre and Opera Australia aim to make the arts more accessible to all Australians. This partnership with the Tait Memorial Trust is a further demonstration of the Bank’s commitment to enabling the progress of talented Australian artists, by supporting them as they pursue their careers in the United Kingdom.

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The Bank has a dedicated team in the United Kingdom whose focus is to support people who are relocating to Australia or to New Zealand. If you, or any of your network, are planning a move in the foreseeable future, please let us know and we would be pleased to put you in touch.


On Tuesday, October 14th Tait Friends met at Australia House in the Downer Room. The evening was joint hosted by the Tait Trust and the office of the Victorian Agent General. Sadly the night before Mary, Lady Downer, the mother of the Australian High Commissioner, passed away. The Downer family were to have been our guests of honour. Lady Downer, the wife of Australia’s longest serving High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, was greatly loved and had very recently enjoyed a special lunch with many of her friends at Stoke Lodge. All of us at the Trust are deeply saddened at the loss of this great lady.

The evening, with the blessing and support of the High Commissioner, went ahead with Geoffrey Conaghan, Victorian Agent General stepping in for The Hon Alexander Downer AC. Geoffrey gave an impassioned speech where he warmly acknowledged our new Principal Partner, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and then congratulated our sponsors and applauded our Friends for being so vital to the Trust’s success. We also wish to thank him for providing the delicious wines from the State of Victoria.For the Tait Memorial Trust this was already a significant evening.  We had invited our Friends to join us as we welcomed our two new Patrons, John Frost AM and Leanne Benjamin OBE. The agreement with the Commonwealth Bank came about a few weeks before the event plus the selection of Josephine Frick, to be the inaugural recipient of The Leanne Benjamin Awards, had only recently been decided. Josephine was presented with a cheque for £8,000 being  given to her to contribute towards her fees at The Royal Ballet School .We were entertained by three outstanding young Australian artists, Lauren Zolezzi, Gerard Schneider and Chad Vindin. Their performances truly were world class and gave us all further proof in the value of our support and the need to help these talented artists.

Message from Sky Ingram, Soprano


Dear Friends,

I hope you’ve all had a lovely start to your autumn/spring (depending on hemisphere!) – I certainly have! Most especially the start of rehearsals for my debut with the Royal Opera House world premiere of Glare in the role of Lea. Very exciting!! Helping develop a new opera and new story line has been such a creative and different rehearsal experience. I hope that if you’re in London you might be able to come!

Am I am robot?… am I a woman?… am I ‘perfect’?… ’imperfect’?… who knows?! – Come and find out!

Please see the trailer attached and performance dates below…

There’s also lots of exciting stuff in the pipeline for 2015. In particular, (and what I’m currently allowed to reveal), is that I have accepted a La Bohème contract for my debut with English Touring Opera. We will be travelling all around the UK. I can’t wait to visit all the towns that I haven’t had the opportunity to go to yet. I am also excited to be performing in this opera with two fellow Adelaidians; Grant Doyle and Nicholas Lester.

2015 also marks my debut in the beautiful Royal Albert Hall with Raymond Gubbay in their Grand Organ Gala as their guest soloist.

Well, that’s just a little info for now.  As always, please let me know what you’ve been up to – I always love to hear!

Lots of love,



Upcoming performance dates:

Glare, Royal Opera House            

14, 15. 18, 18, 19, 21 November 2014 at 7.45pm
 & Saturday 22 November 2014 at 6.00pm

Lea, Glare, Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.

Danish-German composer Søren Nils Eichberg presents a taut operatic thriller about trust and reality.


Haydn Nelson Mass

Friday 5 December 2014 at 7:30pm, Guest Soprano, Victoria Law Courts

Corporation Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B4 6QA, United Kingdom


La Bohème, Musetta, English Touring Opera

Friday 13 March & Saturday 14 March 2015 at 7.30pm

Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ


Tuesday 17 March 2015 at 7.30pm

Hall for Cornwall, Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL


Friday 20 March 2015 at 7.30pm

Lighthouse, Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG


Monday 23 March 2015 at 7.30pm

Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL


Tuesday 24 March 2015 at 7.30pm

Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL


Monday 30 March 2015 at 7.45pm

Lyceum Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA


Friday 10 April 2015 at 7.30pm

Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ


Saturday 11 April 2015 at 7.30pm

Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ


Monday 13 April 2015 at 7.30pm

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Lichfield Street,
Wolverhampton, WV1 1DE


Friday 17 April 2015 at 7.30pm

Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh Music, Snape
Suffolk, IP17 1SP


Monday 20 April 2015 at 7.30pm

Curve, Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB


Friday 24 April 2015 at 7.30pm

Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL


Saturday 25 April 2015 at 7.30pm

Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL


Tuesday 28 April 2015 at 7.30pm

Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road
Exeter, EX4 4QB


Thursday 30 April 2015 at 7.30pm

Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road
Exeter, EX4 4QB


Wednesday 6 May 2015 at 7.30pm

The Hawth, Crawley, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ


Friday 8 May 2015 at 7.30pm

The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS


Monday 11 May 2015 at 7.30pm

Grand Theatre Blackpool, 33 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 1HT


Thursday 14 May 2015 at 7.30pm

Buxton Opera House, Water Street, SK17 6XN


Saturday 16 May 2015 at 7.30pm

Buxton Opera House, Water Street, SK17 6XN


Monday 18 May 2015 at 7.30pm

Gala Theatre, Durham, 1 Millennium Place, Town Centre
Durham, DH1 1WA


Thursday 21 May 2015 at 7.30pm
Musetta, La Bohème
English Touring Opera

Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ


** 3 more possible dates in May yet to be confirmed…  J


Grand Organ Gala, Raymond Gubbay

Sunday 4 October 2015 at 3pm, Guest Soprano, Raymond Gubbay

Royal Albert Hall, London


Kind regards,

Sky Ingram


Anna O'Brien, Violinist – The Tait Chamber Orchestra

Canberra-born Australian violinist, Anna O’Brien, is a recent Masters graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and is now pursuing a diverse career as a freelance orchestral and chamber musician. She has completed young artist professional development programs with the Manchester Camerata, the Britten-Pears Foundation and the Sydney Symphony, and performs regularly with her piano trio throughout the UK.

Anna will join the Tait Chamber Orchestra at our first concert at St John’s Smith Squate, Tuesday 9th December at 7.30pm

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