Ana de la Vega plays with English Chamber Orchestra. Kings Place, Sunday May 31st

Terrific news from Australian flautist, Ana de la Vega. It is a busy time for the Trust with a full calendar of concerts coming up. Ana’s concert with the English Chamber Orchestra shouldn’t be missed.

I write to you from Hamburg where I have rehearsals this weekend. I have just returned from an 11 concert sold-out tour of Australia which was simply fantastic. I was the first time I have played in Australia in 10 years and so very sentimental.I am playing another concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra next Sunday 31st May at 7:30pm at the Kings Place. I play the Mozart Flute Concerto In D and the Mozart Andante in C.

As a proud Australian Ana is the artistic director of the London International Players who have just had a rave review in The STRAD, and her solo career has seen her onto many of Europe’s most prestigious stages!


Ana de la Vega, Biography
Few flautists of her generation have performed so extensively worldwide as soloist and chamber musician. Ana de la Vega’s recent Wigmore Hall debut was reviewed as ‘Outstanding’ (Classical Source), her Cadogan Hall London performance as ‘true artistry’ (Musical Opinion), and her Berlin Philharmonie debut as ‘first-class’.

Ana was student of the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris where studied for her Premier Prix under Catherine Cantin, as well as with Philippe Pierlot and Raymond Guiot. At the age of 23 she won the position of Principal Flute with the Orquestra Sinfonica do Norte in Portugal. Since then she has held Principal Flute positions with the EPK Europa Philharmonie in Baden-Württemberg in Germany, and the Philharmonie der Nationen in Hamburg.

Ana is founder and artistic director of the London International Players, a dynamic London ensemble which brings together the finest musicians of her generation. On the wings of her dynamism they have already in their first season performed in Europes greatest halls to high regard, making headlines in the UK and abroad with their ‘explosive and ‘dazzling’ performances (World Of Classical Music, Wigmore Hall review).

“With tremendous élan and vitality, de le Vega revealed her artistry…”
Musical Opinion, London

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ABC Classics announcement — London Recital 28th May

From Jayson Gillham

ABC Classics announcement — London Recital 28th May.

ABC Classics announces three-album recording deal with Jayson Gilliam

If you haven’t already seen this through the various channels, here is a link to yesterday’s article published by the Australian music magazine Limelight about my signing with ABC Classics:

Needless to say, it is very exciting and I am looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with ABC Classics. I’ll be making the recording of the first solo-piano disc in Germany next month. As part of my preparations for this recording, I’ll be giving the full programme an airing in London on 28th May – if you are in London please do come along – details below….

London Recital at
22 Mansfield St, Marylebone
Thursday 28th May, 7pm drinks for 7.30pm start

Dear friends, please join me for this exclusive London recital featuring all of the works I will be recording for my debut CD with ABC Classics.

It is a beautiful programme of masterworks by Bach, Schubert and Chopin, and this recital is your only chance to hear the CD programme live. The CD is not due to be released for another year so if you can’t wait that long, you will simply have to drag yourself to this concert!

The recital will take place in the gorgeous home of tireless music supporters Bob and Elisabeth Boas at 22 Mansfield St, Marylebone, London W1G 9NR, where the music will be complemented by a very fine and diverse art collection and followed by drinks and canapés to round off the evening.

To reserve your place, email or phone 020 7436 0344. Prices are £15 for the concert only, and £25 to include drinks and canapés. Students can take advantage of the generous offer of £5 for concert only and £15 to include drinks and canapés.

It would be lovely to see you there. The full programme is as follows and is identical to the CD recording:

J. S. Bach Toccata in C minor, BWV 911
Schubert Sonata in A major, D664
Chopin Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 45
Chopin Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

Videos from the Tait Winter Prom Dec 2014

Tait Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Kelly Lovelady

Percy Grainger
Handel in the Strand

Mozart – Ch’io mi scordi di te? with Elena Xanthoudakis


Copyright © 2015 Jayson Gillham, All rights reserved.

Tait Friends renewals 2015

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Principal Partner

Dear Friends,

I was so pleased to see some of our Friends at the “Rising Australian Stars” concert at the ROSL last week where no fewer than four previous recipients of Tait awards played to a very appreciative audience. The music was simply glorious and I hope that you feel, as I do, the warm glow of satisfaction at being part of the nurturing of such wonderful young talent and how, with your generosity, The Tait Memorial Trust has played no small part in moving them along their musical path. With your help we have been able to help them gain the very best musical tuition and to expose them to the challenging and vibrant musical scene of the UK. What their natural talent and hard work, their families and their initial musical education in Australia began we have been able to continue. Apart from their exceptional musical talent one cannot help but be impressed with their enthusiasm, their energy, their strong sense of purpose and their total commitment to the pursuit of excellence. I so enjoyed speaking with Som, Chad, Yelian and Emily, as well as the other performers, after the concert and I am sure you will join me in wishing them all well.


What we have achieved in the past we are to continue. We have received 30 applications for this year’s awards and the standard is, as usual, exceptionally high. Our dedicated team is busy considering all those who are auditioning and we expect to be able to help a new group of very talented and committed young musicians and dancers towards a professional career such as that about to be enjoyed by the recipient of our Leanne Benjamin award for Ballet, Josephine Frick, as she shortly begins her contract with the ENB.


This leads me to the actual purpose of this letter. It is time to renew your Tait Friends membership with The Tait Memorial Trust. It is no exaggeration to write that you, our Friends, are the vital component of our commitment to our young Australian performing artists who come to study here in the UK and we trust you will be able to continue your generous support. In addition, if you know anyone else who would like to be part of this very satisfying activity in nurturing the talent of these wonderful young people please encourage them to do so and ask them to contact me on using the contact form below. I shall be very pleased to welcome them as a Tait Friend.

We have a busy calendar of events in the coming month as you will read below and I look forward to seeing you at one of these events or elsewhere.

Your donation will enable us to continue our important work.

With thanks and warmest wishes


Mrs. Isla Baring OAM


Australian & New Zealand Festival at King’s College, May 28 – 31.

Some highlights include:

May 30th The Story of the Kelly Gang directed by Charlie Tait (1906)

May 30th Tait Concert, Double Bill, Jayson Gillham & The Australia Piano Quartet
Tait/ Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts joint concert

May 31st Tait Young Musicians Showcase
Tait/ Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts joint concert

July 2nd The Leanne Benjamin Awards
Leanne Benjamin AM OBE speaking with Ross Alley about her career at the English National Ballet Studios at Jays Mews, London.

It is thanks to donations such as yours that we are in a position to offer our awardees such first class opportunities.