Events 2010 Archive

The Tait Memorial Trust
Tait Winter Prom
Tuesday 23 November 2010

St. Paul’s Knightsbridge
Wilton Place, SW1X 8SH
Julian Gavin, Tenor
Joanna McCallum, Reader
Amy Dickson, Saxophone
Valda Wilson, Soprano
Agatha Yim, Flute
Claire Howard, Piano
With the
Tait Orchestretta
Kelly Lovelady, Conductor

• Bach • Elgar • Glazunov • Mozart • Fauré • Sibelius • Sculthorpe • Grainger • Betjeman

In memory of
Dame Joan Sutherland AC OM DBE
John McCallum, AO CBE
and Pat Tudor

7 for 7.30pm
Suggested donation of £35/£30 Concessions Available
Drinks and canapes
RSVP on 020 7385 2719 or


Spotlight on Richard Bonynge
Celebrating his 80th Birthday
6 October 2010
7 for 7.30
49 Queens Gate Terrace, London SW 7

Richard Bonynge AC CBE

Conductor, Pianist, Expert on Bel Canto and its music, the man who helped to make Dame Joan Sutherland a star – he was the only the man who brought her voice to be known all over the world as La Stupenda. How did it all happen? How did he become not only her Svengali, but her husband?

John Amis talks to Richard Bonynge about his long relationship with Dame Joan Sutherland but also asks him about his connections with the voice, his work as a conductor, his time at Covent Garden, his career then and now. His special interest in 19th century French and Irish Opera, and 19th century ballet music. We will also coax from Mr. Bonynge his Desert ‘Isla’nd Discs.
Suggested Donation of £45 for interview and buffet dinner. RSVP to or phone 07788 780 272


Riddoch wines are helping to raise funds for the Tait. The premier red wine from the Coonawarra region, are hand crafted by Katnook Estate senior winemaker, Wayne Stehbens. Coonawarra is famed for its terra rossa soils which produce wines of intensity, distinction and finesse. These wines have cellared beautifully and are offered as an exclusive back vintage limited release to raise funds for the Tait Memorial Trust. Anyone can order, so please share the enclosed flyer with your friends, I’ve emailed it to the committee as well, so do forward it on. A case of 6 is £40 and £10 goes to the Tait.


The Tait in Australia!
An Evening with Roger Woodward
A Life in Music
Friday 2nd July 2010 7.00 for 7.30 pm

$85.00 per person including drinks & canapés

Roger Woodward has kindly agreed to talk at the Melbourne Savage Club on Friday 2nd July at 7.00 for 7.30pm about his life, interests and music and, of course, to play the piano on the eve of his performance at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Saturday 3rd July in a concert to celebrate Chopin’s 200th birthday.
Resident of San Francisco, he is recipient of the Polish Order of the British Empire, Chevalier of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and is a Companion of the Order of Australia. Roger Woodward is classified by the National Trust as one of 100 National Living Treasures. He is also a most charming and cultured man with a prodigious talent who has been performing on world stages for more than 50 years.
Proceeds from the evening shall go to The Tait Memorial Trust, a UK charity which provides awards to young Australian musicians and ballet students. The cost will be $85 per head for drinks and canapés, which includes a $50 donation to the Tait Performing Arts Association.


It was a marvellous night for Sir Charles Mackerras hosted by the Southbank Sinfonia at Australia House on 25 May. It was a wonderful concert with The Southbank Sinfonia conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras. Tait patron Barry Humphries spoke about Sir Charles Mackerras contributions to music and his ‘easy’ work conducting. Past Tait award winner Catilin Hulcup sang Hansel und Gretel with Rebecca Bottone.
The Southbank Sinfonia played magnificently and their enthusiasm was fabulous to watch. The Tait is supporting the Southbank Sinfonia in an orchestral chair to honour Sir Charles Mackerras.

SBS orchestra member, Barry Humphries, guest, Lady and Sir Charles Mackerra
SBS orchestra member, Barry Humphries, guest, Lady and Sir Charles Mackerras
Barry Humphries with Catilin Hulcup
Barry Humphries with Catilin Hulcup
Barry Humphries with Margot Rodges, Tait Committee Member
Barry Humphries with Margot Rodgers, Tait Committee Member


Piano Recital
Jayson Gillham
Jonathan Wilson
Wednesday 5 May 2010
7 for 7.30pm
at 22 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NR

Two outstanding young Australian pianists!
Programme includes:

LISTZ Sposalizio
SITSKY Fantasia No. 4
RAVEL Miroirs, the complete set
BACH Toccata in G
BARTOK Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythms
CHOPIN Berceuse opus 57 & Barcarolle opus 60


Roger Woodward Piano Recital
Thursday 11 March 2010
7 for 7.30pm
at 49 Queen’s Gate Terrace, London SW7

Roger Woodward
Roger Woodward

Works to be played:
Debussy: Estampes
Debussy: Twelve Preludes Book II
Bach: Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830

Roger Woodward
Roger Woodward

Tickets £35 to include drinks and canapes
RSVP to The Tait Memorial Trust
4/80 Elm Park Gardens London SW10 9PD
Enquiries : 020 7385 2719 or

The Tait Memorial Trust welcomes Roger Woodward.

Entitled “Woodward’s wonderful Bach” and described as “imaginative performances by Woodward that rank alongside the very best”, Roger Woodward’s recent recording of Bach’s 48 Preludes and Fugues for Celestial Harmonies was “Editor’s Choice” in the February 2010 issue of The Gramophone. In 2009, Woodward’s performance of the two books of Debussy Préludes were released to enthusiastic reviews by the German critics who described his Debussy playing as eclipsing the performance of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. His recent recording of Bach Partitas for Celestial Harmonies was awarded the Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik.

Roger Woodward rose to international prominence in prestigious collaborations with Messiaen, Boulez, Barraqué, Stockhausen, Cage, Feldman, Takemitsu, Donatoni, Xenakis and Pärt, et al. Such collaborations were recorded by BBC, French and German Radio and Television and by EMI, Decca and RCA. He performs with the world’s leading orchestras including the Leipzig Gewandhaus and New York

Philharmonic under such distinguished conductors as Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, and Kurt Masur. He has directed international festivals in the UK, Austria, France and Australia. Woodward frequently performs with the Alexander String Quartet, with whom he has recently recorded the

Shostakovich Piano Quintet and for Celestial Harmonies the Chopin F-minor Concerto. At the invitation of the late Sviatoslav Richter he also performed with the Arditti String Quartet at La Grange de Meslay, and frequently performed at the Festival d’automne à Paris and BBC Promenade Concerts. In January 2010, he performed Xenakis in New York and the Dvorak Piano Quintet with the Alexander String Quartet in San Francisco. He will be performing in Melbourne and Sydney in May and June.

He is a recipient of the Polish Order of Merit, the OBE and Companion of the Order of Australia and is a Chevalier of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.


John Mc Callum AO CBE
14.3.1918 to 3.2.2010

John McCallum AO CBE
John McCallum AO CBE

It is with such nostalgic warmth and affection, that we three Tait sisters Isla, Ann and Sally pay tribute to the late John Mc Callum.
Sir Frank Tait was Chairman and Managing Director of JCWilliamsons Theatres Ltd . He invited the bright younger energetic John Mc Callum to become his partner. Their relationship was like father and son.

From 1958 to 1965 together they presented to the Australian public, many successful productions, the highlight probably being “My Fair Lady” Frank Tait’s final ambition was to present Dame Joan Sutherland to the Australian public after her international acclaim and form the Sutherland/ Willamsons Opera Company, a season never to be forgotten in Australian history. They worked tirelessly together to make this dream come true. John became sole Manager Director following our Father’s death in 1965.

He was a lifelong friend to our family; he will be sadly missed by us all. Our deepest sympathy to Goodie, Joanna, Nicholas and Amanda and the grandchildren.

— Isla Baring OAM, Ann Seddon and Sally Bell from Melbourne 4.2.10