Events 2017 Archive

Christmas Carols & Cocktails
Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

A joint Christmas carol party hosted by:

Chicken & Chablis Club
Australian Women’s Club
Tait Memorial Trust

Australia House
The Strand,
London WC2B 4LA

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Eventbrite – Christmas Carols & Cocktails

Dear Tait Trust supporters,

We are delighted to enclose our invitation to a night of Christmas Carols and Cocktails in collaboration with The Australian Women’s Club in London, and the Chicken & Chablis Club to be held on Tuesday 12 December in the Downer Room at the Australian High Commission from 6.30 – 8.30pm.

The evening will include a small musical component with some Australian Christmas Carols from the AWC Choir conducted by Kyung Hi Brixel, Aussie Harpist Tara Minton, and two of our star awardees, Krystal Tunnnicliffe, piano and Jade Moffat, mezzo-soprano.

Each organisation has an allocation of 50 tickets and we invite you to bring a guest along. Tickets are £35 each and will be offered in order of receipt of request. RSVP and payment deadline is 30 November.

Please see the invitation for all the details and RSVP to James or Isla at or call 0207 351 0561.

We look forward to a wonderful evening with The Tait Trust celebrating 25 years, with the AWC, Chicken & Chablis, and the Christmas season with you.

Tickets are limited so please book soon.


Stuart Skelton

sings Wagner

Australian Star Tenor

Supported by Tait Awardees
St Paul’s Knightsbridge
Wednesday 13 September 2017

Doors Open 6pm – Concert 7pm

Use Viola booking code to secure 25% discount on all ticket prices

£35 Student Rush ticket available for concert only!

The Tait Trust is delighted to present Australian tenor, Grammy nominee and 2014 International Opera Awards Male Singer of the Year, Stuart Skelton at a gala concert to celebrate our 25th Anniversary at St Paul’s Church Knightsbridge, on Wednesday the 13th September at 7pm.

Stuart is arguably the world‟s leading Wagnerian Heldentenor, he is critically acclaimed for outstanding musicianship, tonal beauty and for his intensely dramatic portrayals. He has sung Tristan at the Baden-Baden Festival, English National Opera and most recently opened the 2017/18 season at the Metropolitan Opera, New York singing this iconic role.

Stuart is to make his long-awaited Royal Opera House debut singing Siegmund in Wagner‟s, Die Walküre in the 2018/19 season.

The concert is to be presented by Richard Wagner’s great-great grandson, Antoine Wagner, and accompanied by Richard Peirson.

Catherine Carby, Jayson Gillham, Liane Keegan, Valda Wilson, Samantha Crawford & Katrina Sheppeard are some of our talented awardees who will appear as supporting artists.

The ultimate goal of the concert is to raise a substantial sum which will be added to our Endowment Fund which will fund future awards and scholarships for young Australasian performing artists. This will be a very popular concert so book early as places are strictly limited.

Catherine Carby, mezzo-soprano
Deborah Humble, mezzo-soprano
Jessica Cottis, conductor
Jayson Gillham, piano
Liane Keegan, dramatic contralto
Samantha Crawford, soprano
Kirstin Sharpin, soprano
Katrina Sheppeard, soprano
Ashlyn Tymms, mezzo-soprano
Valda Wilson, soprano
Eleanor Greenwood, mezzo-soprano
Vivien Conacher, mezzo-soprano


“…Skelton has few rivals for the Tristan crown and boasts darker,
more interesting vocal colours than a typical Heldentenor.”
John Allison, Opera Magazine August 2016

This concert is proudly sponsored by the Tait Trust,
Friends of the Tait Trust, 

and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Young Australian Performers 

Royal Over-Seas League, Overseas House



Wednesday 24th May 2017

Royal Over-Seas League
Over-Seas House
Park Place, St James’s Street
United Kingdom

Ann Beilby – viola
Emily Sun – violin
Bernadette Morrison – cello
Jennifer Hughes – piano
Chad Vindin – piano

A concert featuring Tait Awardees who have been awarded prizes in the Royal Over-Seas League’s annual music competition

Please click the button above to book. Places are limited.


Tait Friends | Stoke Lodge

240_f_30980069_twmu3ufbvkfq9icyudnitfpxf3wnszpcWednesday 3rd May 2017

45 Hyde Park Gate, London, SW7 5DU
6.30 for 7pm
Our 4th annual Friends event at Stoke Lodge. Courtesy of the Australian High Commissioner, HE The Hon. Alexander Downer AC, and Mrs Nicola Downer AM.

Special guest appearance by Tait Awardee, classical guitarist, Andrey Lebedev

£25 Tait Friends     £39 Guests of Tait Friends


240_f_30980069_twmu3ufbvkfq9icyudnitfpxf3wnszpcPassion in the Salon | Leighton House

Monday 6th March 2017
12 Holland Park Road, London, W14 8LZ
7 for 7.30pm
Join Ross Alley for the 4th Concert in the Salon.
Featuring our current Tait Awardees

Watch the FaceBook LiveStream of this concert

Artists include
Kate Amos – soprano
Vivien Conacher – mezzo soprano
Jo Dee Yeoh – cello
Sally Law – violin (Tait Scholar 2016)
Nathan Lay – baritone (Australian International Opera Award)
Sujin Park – violin (Sir Charles Mackerras Chair 2016)
Krystal Tunnicliffe – piano


Australian Charity Art Auction | Australia House

Tuesday 28th February 2017
From 11am, Reception 6pm
Exhibition Hall, Australia House, Strand,
London, WC2B 4LA

A number of charities in the UK make an enormous contribution to the support of young Australians studying in the UK, to the promotion of educational and cultural exchanges between the UK and Australia, and to furthering the work of iconic Australian charities.  The Australian Charity Art Auction will offer artworks by Australian artists or which feature Australian subjects and themes.  The artworks will all have been donated from private collections, principally in the UK.

The artworks will initially be offered for on-line silent auction bidding throughout a two week period leading up to the final reception event, which is to be held at the Australian High Commission in London on Tuesday 28 February 2017. They will be on display for two days leading up to the event, and a small number, selected by the Advisory Committee, will be offered at the event by live auction, to be conducted by a Christie’s auctioneer

The event features performances by Tait & Australian Music Foundation awardees:

Lauren Fagan – soprano
Jade Moffat – mezzo soprano
James Guan – piano
Lisa Bucknell – viola


Seraphim Trio | St Gabriel’s Pimlico | 23rd January 2017

We are delighted to confirm that ABC Classics Artists, Seraphim Trio, will perform for us on Monday the 23rd January at St Gabriel’s Church, Pimlico. The proceeds from this concert will go towards our awards for 2017. Over the last two decades, Helen Ayres, Anna Goldsworthy and Tim Nankervis have remained steadfastly committed to chamber music – from building the contemporary repertoire, to developing new audiences and teaching the next generation of performers. Inspiring others through intelligent programming and a deep knowledge and love of chamber music, Seraphim Trio never fails to delight audiences.



“…absolute sonic cohesion and uniform musical maturity…a masterclass in chamber music technique and ensemble.”  The Australian

“One of Australia’s finest” ArtsHub

“It’s important to acknowledge technical achievement but this performance was about so much more. The Seraphims delivered Beethoven’s music with empathy, not just for the composer’s intention, but also for each other’s contribution to the work.” ArtsHub

Winners of the Piano Trio Prize and the Audience Choice Award at the Australian National Chamber Music Competition in 2001 (now the Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competition), Seraphim Trio has regularly performed at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, the Adelaide Festival of Arts, the Peninsular Summer Music Festival and in 2013, Opera Australia’s Ring Festival in Melbourne.

Alongside its acclaimed subscription series Seraphim Trio is frequently broadcast on ABC Classic FM and on the MBS network, and maintains a robust commissioning program, having recently premiered new works by Graeme Koehne, Andrew Ford, Elena Kats-Chernin, Calvin Bowman, Anne Boyd, Benjamin Martin, James Ledger. Seraphim frequently collaborates with Australia’s leading musicians: most recently with Diana Doherty, Paul Dean, Lisa Harper-Brown and David Elton.

The group has studied in Germany with Hatto Beyerle, and in Australia with William Hennessy, Eleonora Sivan, Mark Mogilevski, Ronald Farren-Price and Lois Simpson.

Learn more about Seraphim Trio


Helen Ayres

Helen is a Doctoral graduate from the University of Melbourne where she studied with Mark Mogilevsky and completed research into the music of the Romanian violinist and composer George Enescu, and served as Acting Head of Strings in 2007. She is a core member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and its flagship ensemble, the Australian Octet.

Helen has previously held a full-time position with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared as guest principal with Orchestra Victoria and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Helen has tutored for the Australian Youth Orchestra’s Young Australian Concert Artists and Young Symphonists programs, continuing a long association that started when she toured as concertmaster of the AYO to Asia, New Zealand, Japan, Europe and America.

As a regular chamber music recitalist and founding member of the Seraphim Trio, Helen is a guest of the Sydney International Piano competition and appears at music festivals throughout Australia.

Helen’s solo repertoire includes the Sibelius, Beethoven triple and Brahms double concertos. Her previous teachers have been Alice Waten, William Hennessy and Beryl Kimber. She currently lives in London where she performs as a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and is undertaking a year of pedagogical observation at the Yehudi Menuhin School. Helen is delighted to have performed as Concertmaster of the Tait Chamber Orchestra.

Anna Goldsworthy

Anna is a founding member of Seraphim Trio, and records for the ABC Classics label. She is currently a Lecturer at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, Research Fellow at the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide, and Kenneth Moore Memorial Music Scholar at Janet Clarke Hall. Described by The Australian as a ‘musical ambassador’, and the Sydney Morning Herald as “one of the very best young non-fiction writers in Australia”, Anna Goldsworthy is an award-winning pianist and writer. Her first book, Piano Lessons, is an Australian best-seller and has been released in the United States and Korea, adapted for the stage, and is currently in development as a film. Anna’s writing has appeared in The Monthly, The Age, The Australian, and Best Australian Essays. Her new memoir Welcome to Your New Life is now available and her Quarterly Essay was released in June 2013.

Timothy Nankervis

Timothy studied at the Australian Institute of Music with Lois Simpson, graduating with Honours in 1998. He was awarded a Big Brother scholarship in 1995 and travelled to London where he studied with William Pleeth and Raphael Wallfisch. In 1999, he took up a scholarship to study with Vadim Chervov at the Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music in Kiev.

He returned to Australia and completed his Master’s degree at the University of Melbourne in 2002, studying with Nelson Cooke. He has also studied with Georg Pedersen, Denise Lawrence and David Berlin and prior to his appointment with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, he was enrolled as a Doctoral candidate at the University of Melbourne.

In 2000 he performed in a competition at the Australian National Academy of Music and was one of two musicians selected to perform as a soloist with Orchestra Victoria, playing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations. Timothy Nankervis has won numerous awards for cello performance and chamber music and is a member of the acclaimed Seraphim Trio as well as performing with the Sydney Soloists and Linden String Trio. In 2004 and 2008, he performed with his colleague from the Seraphim Trio, violinist Helen Ayres, in the Sydney International Piano Competition to provide competitors with a piano trio for the chamber music component of the competition.

As a soloist, Timothy Nankervis has performed throughout Australia and has featured in numerous broadcasts for ABC Classic FM and 2MBS-FM.