Events 2019 Archive

Tait Events 2019 Archive

Dear Friends,

Please come to this special event curated by our Patron, Leanne Benjamin AM OBE. The Trust has 100 seats to sell courtesy of the Office of the Queensland Agent General. We thank Linda Apelt, Agent General for Queensland, and our honoured guest His Excellency The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland most sincerely. Such support of the Arts is very welcome.

You can look forward to first-class performances by dancers from the Royal Opera House including Royal Ballet soloist, Romany Pajdak, music by Queensland composer Connor D’Netto*, soprano, Alexandra Oomens and a performance by Queensland violinist, Courtenay Cleary*, currently studying at the Juilliard School in New York,  supported by the American Australian Association.

Calvin Richardson*, now a soloist with the Royal Ballet, who you know so well, for his wonderful performance of his own choreography of The Dying Swan will dance for us, and finally Lachlan Monaghan* now a soloist with the Birmingham Royal Ballet will perform an excerpt from Hobson’s Choice.

Royal Ballet rehearsal, and concert pianist, Kate Shipway will be playing in this evening’s performance. We are very grateful to her and to all of the artists performing for us at this special arts event.

It promises to be a unique occasion and will showcase the vibrant relationship between performing artists from Queensland and the United Kingdom.

Tickets will sell very quickly.

We look forward to seeing you there

Isla Baring OAM
Tait Memorial Trust

* Tait Awardee

Ms Linda Apelt,
Agent-General for Queensland
in association with The Tait Memorial Trust
in the presence of
His Excellency The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC
Governor of Queensland
and Mrs de Jersey

requests the pleasure of your company to the

Leanne Benjamin AM OBE Recital

on Wednesday, 20th November 2019

6.30pm for 6.45pm – 8.45pm

at Australia House, Strand, London, WC2B 4LA, United Kingdom

Dress code: Business attire

Ticket sales close: Monday, 18 November 2019

For security purposes, official government ID is strictly required to access Australia House. 

We also request you minimise bags where practical.

The Leanne Benjamin AM OBE Recital is in honour of Ms Benjamin being awarded the inaugural Queensland Agent-General Award announced at the 2019 Queensland Day Reception. This Award recognises an outstanding Queenslander’s achievements in the United Kingdom in their field and contribution to furthering the Queensland-UK relationship. Ms Benjamin is being recognised for her outstanding achievements and services to the arts, in particular in ballet, both at home in Queensland and internationally. Since retirement from the Royal Ballet Company, Leanne is passionate about developing and fulfilling the talent of the next generation of dancers. Leanne has personally curated the programme for this special performance.

This special recital is being delivered in association with The Tait Memorial Trust.

The Tait Memorial Trust offers awards and grants for postgraduate study, performance opportunities to young musicians, dancers and performing artists from Australia and New Zealand, and provides general support in the furtherance of their careers while resident in the UK.

All ticket sales from this recital will go directly towards the Trust’s
Leanne Benjamin Dance Award grants program.

Principal Event Partner
Trade and Investment Queensland

TIQ is the Queensland Government’s dedicated global business agency, helping Queensland exporters take their products to world markets, and promoting Queensland as the perfect place for investment.

If you can make it please come to our next concert at the Royal Over-Seas League
on Wednesday 18th September at 7pm.


Prizewinning ROSL Arts & Tait Memorial Trust Scholars
from Australia & New Zealand
perform a delightful recital of works
by Albeniz, Bartok, Brahms, Mozart, Schubert,
Schumann, Vaughan-Williams (excerpt Songs of Travel).

Daniel Pini, cello*
Andrey Lebedev, guitar**
Jeremy Kleeman, baritone***
Claudia Tarrant-Matthews, violin****
Chad Vindin, piano

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

General Admission £16
ROSL Members and Friends of ROSL ARTS £12
Students £5

Ticket includes a glass of wine.

* 2019 Awardee. Appears courtesy of the Southbank Sinfonia. Daniel is the 2019 recipient of the Tait Sir Charles Mackerras Chair. jointly sponsored by a bequest from the Estate of Lady Mackerras and the TMT
** Awardee 2017-2018 Thornton Foundation.
*** Awardee 2019. Winner of 2019 Australian International Opera Awards John Frost AM
**** Awardee 2019


Dear Friends,

Tait Awardee, Courtenay Cleary is a talented young violinist from Queensland. With our support she completed her undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music with high honours. In 2018 Courtenay won a coveted place at the Juilliard School in New York to study for her Masters. She has just completed her first year, her second begins in the Autumn.

We are delighted to share this concert date with you. If you can go please do support her. A special Tait discount code can be entered to get a 25% discount. Enter ‘TaitFriends’ when asked during the booking process.

We will be making some exciting announcement soon about future Tait events. We will let you know shortly.

With all best wishes


Courtenay Cleary at Westminster Abbey | Bach Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Largo

Courtenay Cleary plays Bach Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Largo for the Royal Family at Westminster Abbey as part of the Royal Commonwealth Service.

Poulenc Sonata FP119
Mozart Sonata K454 in B flat Major
Strauss Sonata Op. 18.Courtenay Cleary, violin
Courtenay is currently on scholarship at The Juilliard School in New York where she is completing her Master of Music degree with violin professor Naoko Tanaka. She recently received her Bachelor of Music degree with first-class honours from the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with professor Maureen Smith. In 2017 Courtenay performed as a soloist for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other distinguished guests at Westminster Abbey for the Royal Commonwealth Service. This was broadcast live on BBC television. In 2018 Courtenay again performed for the HM the Queen at Buckingham Palace for the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.She has also performed as a soloist at prestigious venues including the Wigmore Hall, St James’ Piccadilly, the Regent Hall, Colston Hall and the Lincoln Centre. She recently performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra in Sydney and will be returning to Australia in 2019 to give the Australian premiere of David Lang’s Mystery Sonatas. She is a Tait Memorial Trust and ABRSM scholar, and was recently awarded second prize at the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition as well as the the Dame Joan Sutherland Award from the American Australian Association and the Guy Parsons Award from the Portland House and Australian Music Foundations.Mihály Berecz, piano
Mihaly BereczBorn in Budapest, Hungary in 1997, Mihály Berecz began studying the violin at the age of six at the Szent István Király Zeneművészeti Szakközépiskola in Budapest. Whilst continuing to play violin in orchestras, three years later he chose to devote his studies to the piano with Edit Major and Erzsébet Belák. Mihály is currently a third-year undergraduate at London’s Royal Academy of Music studying with Hamish Milne and Christopher Elton.As winner of the Debut Berlin International Concerto Competition in 2017, Mihály made his debut at the Philarmonie, Berlin in June 2017 with the German National Orchestra. Mihály’s previous awards include the Gold Prize in the II. Manhattan International Music Competition and the Harriet Cohen Bach Prize at the Royal Academy of Music. His performance of Liszt’s Hungarian Fantasy at the Konzerthaus, Berlin, in the 2013 Young Euro Classic Festival led to an invitation from Tamás Vásáry to give several performances at the Hungarian State Opera including a recital at the Opera Ball. Moreover, at the invitation of Zoltán Kocsis, Mihály made his debut at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in 2013 in a performance of Ravel’s Concerto in G Major which was broadcast live by the Bartók Radio. He received critical acclaim for his performances of this work in 2016 as did his performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 at the Franz Liszt Academy later that year.Having regularly featured in the ‘Beethoven in Buda’ Festivals, Mihály combined his love of Beethoven with an interest in historically influenced performance in a concert of Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2 and Mozart’s Concerto K 456 on an Anton Walter fortepiano-copy with the Orfeo Orchestra and György Vashegyi at the Eszterházy Palace in Fertőd.


He has participated in masterclasses with distinguished pianists and other musicians including Imogen Cooper, Pascal Devoyon, Ian Fountain, Tamás Vásáry, Malcolm Bilson, Adrian Brendel and Bengt Forsberg.


Tait Friends at Stoke Lodge


Thursday 16th May 2019
6.30 for 7.00pm

with the kind permission of
the Australian High Commissioner
His Excellency the Hon George Brandis QC

Special appearance by mezzo-soprano, Fleuranne Brockway*

Winner of:

– 2018 Australian International Opera Awards  
& John Frost AM, Frank & Viola Tait Scholar at the Royal College of Music.

– 2019 German-Australian Opera Grant (More than Opera)
A contract with the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden. Fleuranne will soon be leaving for Germany to take up this exciting opportunity.

​Accompanied by Krystal Tunnicliffe





Drama in the Salon

presented by Ross Alley
Tuesday 19th March 2019. 7 for 7.30pm
3C Carlisle Place, London. SW1P 1NP

Fleur Brockway | mezzo-soprano
Samantha Clarke | soprano
Filipe Manu | tenor
Jade Moffat | mezzo-soprano
Benson Wilson | baritone
Bronte Zemlic |  mezzo-soprano
with Chad Vindin | piano

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 19th March kindly hosted by Leslie MacLeod-Miller at his home in Westminster.

The human voice is perhaps the most emotional of all musical instruments as we all correspond to its communication of joy, pain, laughter, anger, consolation, warning, and passion– a limitless lexicon of primal and sophisticated expressions that provoke an immediate response. Opera is drama made music and this year’s TMT “…in the Salon” concert will showcase vibrant young singers from Australia & New Zealand performing vocal works involving emotional conflict: drama!

It will be an unforgettable experience.


PIERS LANE (piano)

Wigmore Hall  –  Saturday, 2 February 2019, 7:30pm

A favourite with Wigmore audiences, Piers Lane plays a delightful, rarely-heard set of six Tchaikovsky pieces all on the same theme, their forms reflected in moving Bach and Chopin works in the first half, the whole topped off with Stravinsky’s own vibrant and virtuosic transcription of movements from Pétrouchka.

For more info and tickets:

And also:


Wigmore Hall  –  Sunday, 3 February 2019, 7:30pm

Formed in 1995, the Australian quartet is named after the Romanian-born Australian chamber music enthusiast Richard Goldner. Here it joins with its pianist compatriot for Webern’s Brahmsian slow movement (1905) and Korngold’s 1921 quintet – an example of his lavish late- Romanticism.

For more info and tickets:
Save the Date

Save the Date for our first concert of the year, on 19th March 2019, when we will be showcasing our artists in the beautiful music room of a very generous supporter.

More details to be announced shortly.


All Events 2019


13th March

Westminster Abbey

Royal Commonwealth Service

Courtenay Cleary, violin

Bach Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Largo for the Royal Family

19th March

3c Carlisle Place London

Drama in the Salon

Presented by Ross Alley

Fleur Brockway, mezzo-soprano

Samantha Clarke, soprano

Filipe Manu, tenor

Jade Moffat, mezzo-soprano

Benson Wilson, baritone

Bronte Zemlic, mezzo-soprano

with Chad Vindin, piano

Music by Brahms, Handel, Massenet, Rossoni, Bellini, Lalo,

Respighi, Sibelius, Strauss, Saint-Saëns, Verdi, Te Rangi Hikiroa, Mozart

16th May

Stoke Lodge, 45 Hyde Park Gate, London SW7 5DU

Tait Friends at Stoke Lodge

Hosted by the Australian High Commissioner His Excellency the Hon George Brandis QC

Special appearance by mezzo-soprano, Fleuranne Brockway

​Accompanied by Krystal Tunnicliffe

18th September

Princess Alexandra Hall

Royal Over-Seas League Over-Seas House


Daniel Pini, cello*

Andrey Lebedev, guitar**

Jeremy Kleeman, baritone***

Claudia Tarrant-Matthews, violin**

Chad Vindin, piano

Music by Albeniz, Bartok, Brahms, Mozart, Schubert,

Schumann, Vaughan-Williams (excerpt Songs of Travel).

20th November

Australia House

Ms Linda Apelt, Agent-General for Queensland

in association with The Tait Memorial Trust

in the presence of

His Excellency The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC Governor of Queensland and Mrs de Jersey

Leanne Benjamin AM OBE Recital

Romany Pajdak, Royal Ballet soloist

Alexandra Oomens, soprano

Courtenay Cleary, Queensland violinist

Calvin Richardson, Royal Ballet soloist

Lachlan Monaghan, Birmingham Royal Ballet soloist

Kate Shipway, piano

music by Queensland composer Connor D’Netto