Events 2018 Archive


His Excellency
The Hon. George Brandis QC
High Commissioner for Australia
the Tait Memorial Trust
invite you to attend

Tait Winter Prom

celebrating the 70th birthday of Leslie Howard with Tait Awardees

dedicated to:
Chevalier Richard Gunter & The Dowager Countess of Harewood

Supported by ANZ Bank

Date: Monday 10 December 2018
Time: 6.30 for 7pm
Venue: Australia House, The Strand, London,  WC2B 4LA

We are delighted to confirm that our host for our annual Tait Winter Prom is the newly appointed High Commissioner for Australia, His Excellency The Hon George Brandis QC.

This year we celebrate the 70th birthday of our much-loved supporter and acclaimed virtuoso concert pianist, Dr Leslie Howard as we return to the Exhibition Hall at Australia House.

Joined by Tait Artists we plan to tempt you with a concert featuring the music that celebrates Grand Theatre and Revolution. Leslie will be performing selections from his new CD, as well as accompanying some of our young Tait Artists instrumentalists, and we will also have a performance from our ballet scholarship awardees, choreographed by our Patron and retired prima ballerina, Leanne Benjamin AM OBE.

The programme is artistically directed by Jessica Cottis (2002 ACT), now a very successful international conductor.

We look forward to seeing you there. Tickets are strictly limited…book early to avoid disappointment.

Tait Young Performers

Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House

Prizewinning ROSL Arts & Tait Memorial Trust Scholars from Australia & New Zealand perform a delightful recital of works from Bach to Bernstein:

 Jonathan Ferrucci (NSW), piano
Samantha Clarke (WA), soprano
Jonathan Eyers (NZ), baritone
Chad Vindin (NSW), piano

Programme to include:

J.S. Bach Allemande from Partita n. 4 in D major 
F. Mendelssohn Variations Serieuses op. 54 in D minor
Mozart “Papagena! Papagena! Papagena!” | Die Zauberflöte
Mozart “Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen” | Die Zauberflöte
Mozart “Deh vieni alla finestra” | Don Giovanni
Mozart “La ci darem la mano”|Don Giovanni
Donizetti “Bella siccome un angelo” | Don Pasquale
Korngold “Glück das mir verblieb” | Die tote Stadt
Lerner and Loewe “C’est moi”| Camelot
Weill “Lost in the stars” 
Bernstein “Lonely town” | On the town
Bernstein “Somewhere (There’s a place for us)” | West Side Story

Wednesday 26th September at 7pm

General Admission: £15
Tait Friends: £12
Friends of ROSL Arts: £12

Royal Over-Seas League
Over-Seas House
Park Place
St James’s Street
London    SW1A 1LR

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Dancing in the Salon
with Ross Alley

Wednesday, April 11th 2018

“Music inspired by the Dance”
With performances by Tait Awardees

Join us for our 5th Concert in the Salon
presented by Ross Alley
with performances by Tait Awardees.

Iona Allan, Violin;
Courtenay Cleary, Violin
Samantha Crawford, Soprano
Andrey Lebedev, Guitar
Madeleine Randall, Oboe
Wilbur Whitta, Jazz Piano
Bronte Zemlic, Mezzo Soprano


1) Madeleine Randall (Oboe)
Telemann: Oboe Sonata in A minor (Siciliana, Andante and Vivace)

2) Courtenay Cleary (Violin)
Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances
Ross Edwards: “White Cockatoo Spirit Dance”

3) Bronte Zemlic (Mezzo Soprano)
Bizet: Habanera from Carmen
Weill: Youkali

4) Andrey Lebedev (Guitar)
De Falla: Miller’s Dance
Albeniz: Asturias

5) Bronte accompanied by Andrey
Manuel de Falla: “Asturiana”

6) Iona Allen (Violin)
Brahms: Hungarian Dance No.1 arr. by Heifitz
Britten: Waltz from Suite for Violin and Piano

7) Wilbur Whitta (Jazz Piano)
Wilbur Whitta: “Mr. Potato Head”

8) Samantha Crawford (Soprano)
Lehar: “Meine Lippen Sie küssen so heiss”, from the operetta ‘Giuditta’
Novello: “Waltz of my heart”
Wagner: “Du bist der Lenz”

9) Tutti
Loewe: “I could have danced all night”

Piano accompaniment: Chad Vindin

Join us for our 5th concert in the Salon with Ross Alley. The Tait Memorial Trust has great pleasure in announcing this year’s showcase of its awardees in an evening concert on 11 April at Leighton House entitled “Dancing in the Salon”. Artistically directed by Chad Vindin and presented by Ross Alley, our extremely talented young Australian performers will sweep you off your feet – literally – as they inhabit the rhythms of the dance in this year’s Salon Spectacular.

The great Russian-American choreographer George Balanchine once said “Dancing is music made visible” and, of course, it is the intoxicating power of musical rhythm that articulates both art-forms. “Dancing in the Salon” promises to be a hugely enjoyable celebration of dance-defined delights performed by the Tait Memorial Trust’s musical awardees. All dancers need partners and so too do our artists. We look forward to your support on 11 April.
Front cover: Unknown costume sketch from the 19th century. Source: Viola, Lady  Tait’s JCW  collection of costume designs.

Leighton House
12 Holland Park Rd
London W14 8LZ

Tait Friends at Stoke Lodge


Tait Friends and their guests are invited to join us at the official London residence of the Australian High Commissioner, HE The Hon Alexander Downer AC and Mrs Nicola Downer AM, to bid them a fond farewell.

 Special guest appearance by
Oud virtuoso, Composer, and ARIA award winner
Joseph Tawadros AM

Leanne Benjamin AM OBE to announce our new ballet awards

Tuesday 20th March at 6.30 for 7pm
Stoke Lodge, 45 Hyde Park Gate, London SW7 5DU

Tait Friends: £30

Guests of Tait Friends: £35

Dress: Lounge Suit
RSVP: Tait Memorial Trust, 4/80 Elm Park Gardens, London SW10 9PD
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Phone: 020 3289 5347    Tickets are strictly limited