Events 2020 Archive


Wednesday 11th MARCH 2020


Join us at our first concert of the new decade. We begin with a tribute to Tait Founder and Patron, Viola, Lady Tait and celebrate the music from G&S and Operetta.


© Adam Stevenson

Dear friends and supporters of the Tait,

We are pleased to wish you all a Happy New Year but I think we can all agree it has been a very difficult start to the new decade. The bushfire crisis in Australia is now much worse and devastating for vast swathes of our beautiful country. Like many of you we felt so powerless and far away so I am delighted to say that we are working closely with two of our Awardees, Bridget O’Donnell, violin and Lotte Betts-Dean, mezzo-soprano to produce a very special fundraising concert at the Royal Academy of Music on Sunday 1st  March.

Tickets for the Australian Bushfire Benefit London concert at the Royal Academy of Music are now on sale. Click here or the button below to purchase tickets. Eventbrite have very kindly waived all fees for this event which means that every penny raised will be sent back to Australia!

The concert will feature Australia’s finest musicians with full orchestra and choir to honour the brave men and women who are fighting the worst fires in Australia’s history. Our hearts are with the people of Australia and we hope that the money raised from this concert will make a tangible difference to the victims of this horrific tragedy



Charities Aid Foundation (UK) have created a facility for UK taxpayers to donate directly to Australian Bushfire charities AND confirmed that donations to CAF will attract Gift Aid and tax relief for UK taxpayer donors. Click here to make your donation.

Featured artists include:

Simone Young – next Chief Conductor Sydney Symphony, Hamburg Opera, Opera Australia
Amy Dickson, saxophone – Sony Artist, Classic BRIT Award, for Breakthrough Artist of the Year *
Helena Dix, soprano – The Met, Wexford Festival, Melbourne Opera, Chelsea Opera Group
Samuel Sakker, tenor – Royal Opera House, Grange Festival, Sydney Symphony, Lyric Opera Ireland *
Toby Thatcher, conductor – HR-Sinfonieorchester, Ensemble Modern, Sydney Symphony Orchestra,
Catherine Carby, mezzo-soprano – Royal Opera House, Opera Australia, English National Opera *
Lotte Betts-Dean, mezzo-soprano – Oxford Lieder, Melbourne Symphony, Wigmore Hall *
Bridget O’Donnell, violin – St Martin-in-the-Fields, English Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra*
Hill Quartet – St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James’s Piccadilly Church and Hatfield House
Full orchestra – of Australian musicians in London

We look forward to seeing you at the concert.

With all best wishes

Isla Baring OAM
Tait Memorial Trust

Bridget O’Donnell, violin *
Lotte Betts-Dean, mezzo-soprano *
Jessica Cottis, conductor *
Toby Thatcher, conductor
James Swanston, Voyage Control (Event Sponsor)
Ros Higgins, RFDS UK
Dr Margaret Mayston AM, AMF
Isla Baring OAM, Tait Trust
James Hancock, Tait Trust *

* Tait Awardee




All Events 2020


1st March

Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music

Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5HT

Australian Bushfire Benefit London

with AMF and the  ABBL Team

Sponsored by Voyage Control

ABBL Choir

ABBL Orchestra

Hester Wright, conductor

Hill Quartet

Lotte Betts-Dean, mezzo-soprano

Bridget O’Donnell, violin

Amy Dickson, saxophone

Helen Sherman, mezzo-soprano

Renee Kennedy, french horn

Joseph Havlat, piano

Miriam Allan, soprano

Paul Tabone, tenor

Una Reynolds, soprano

Corinne Cowling, soprano

Chad Vindin, piano

Stuart Skelton, tenor

Simone Young, conductor

Toby Thatcher, conductor

Samantha Clarke, soprano

Helena Dix, soprano

Catherine Carby, mezzo-soprano

Sam Sakker, tenor

Simon Thorpe, baritone

Alex Given, tenor

Phoebe Panaretos, mezzo-soprano

Embla Bishop, soprano

Kurt Kansley, baritone

11th March

Princess Alexandra Hall, Royal Over-Seas League

I Have a Song to Sing

Book Launch & Gala Concert

The Tait Memorial Trust invites you to celebrate the UK launch

of our Founding Patron, Viola, Lady Tait’s memoirs.

also feature a concert performed by Tait Awardees featuring best loved gems from operetta and G&S.

Eliza Boom, soprano

Benson Wilson, baritone

Paull-Anthony Keightley, bass-baritone

Brad Cooper, tenor

Chad Vindin, piano

Vivien Conacher, mezzo-soprano

Tait Tuesdays at Home Concerts

31st March

Tara Minton*

7th April

Andrey Lebedev*, classical guitar 

14th April

Ann Beilby*, viola

Tamsin Waley-Cohen, violin

George Fu, piano

21st April

Bridget O’Donnell*, violin

Misha Mullov-Abbado, double bass

Amy Tress, violin

Anthony Friend, clarinet

28th April

Lotte Betts-Dean & friends

Lotte Betts-Dean, mezzo-soprano

Brett Dean, viola

Andrey Lebedev, guitar

David Selig, piano

Joseph Havlat, piano

Konrad Olszewski, piano

Ruth Wall, harp

Somi Kim, piano

5th May

Courtenay Cleary*, violin

Phillipa Robinson, clarinet

Kathy Sander, piano

12th May

Joseph Tawadros AM, oud

19th May

Paul Tabone, tenor (Piangi in London, Phantom)

Nuno Feist, piano;

Amy Manford, soprano;

Corinne Cowling, soprano;

Rachael Stellacci, soprano

26th May

Simone Young AM in conversation with

Leanne Benjamin AM OBE

Steve McRae

2nd June

Isla’s birthday – Chairman’s Choice

Chairman’s Choice 

Artistic Director: Cameron Menzies

Maggie Baring (Singer/Songwriter and Isla’s grand-daughter)

Brad Cooper, tenor

Leslie Howard, piano

Caitlin Hulcup, mezzo-soprano

Clare Juan, cello (TPAA awardee)

Liane Keegan (our first awardee), contralto

Jeremy Kleeman, baritone

Tara Minton, harp

Rosemary Tuck, piano

Krystal Tunnicliffe, piano

Valda Wilson, soprano

Join us as we celebrate our Chairman’s birthday with a selection

of her favourite music performed by some of our Tait Awardees from their homes to yours.

Music by Novello, Strauss, Wallace, Grainger and a lot more.

All proceeds will be added to the Tait Emergency Relief Fund for

performing artists from Australia and New Zealand affected by the COVID19 crisis

9th June

Eliza Boom in recital from New Zealand

Eliza Boom, soprano

David Kelly piano

16th June

Tara Minton* and friends

Tara Minton, jazz harp/voice

Ed Babar, double bass & flute

Embla Bishop, soprano

Calvin Richardso, ballet

Leanne Benjamin AM OBE, dance artistic direction

23rd June

Australia House Ensemble

Rebecca Chan, violin (leader)

Naoko Keatley, violin

Iona Allan, violin

Sascha Bota, viola

Daniel Pini, cello

Jeremy Watt, double bass

Jeremy Kleeman, baritone

Music by Strauss, Prokofiev, Hindson, Bach, Grainger

30th June

Nicola Crowe, flute and friends

Nicola Crowe, flute

Alex Roberts, clarinet

Charis Hanning, piano

Music by Debussy, Edwards, Saint-Saens,Piazzolla, Beeftink, Larson, Faure

7th July

Rebecca Chan, violin and friends

Rebecca Chan, violin

Sascha Bota, viola

Cameron Roberts, piano

Music by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Skipworth, Sarasate

14th July

Rebecca Allen, bassoon and friends

Rebecca Allen, bassoon

James Fisher, bassoon

Carys Gittins, flute

Music by Telemann, Edwards, Rossini, Villa-Lobos

21st July

Bremer Trio live from Brisbane

Courtenay Cleary, violin

Samuel Andrews, violin

Tim Andrews, cello

Music by Boccherini, Borodin, Beethoven, Piazzolla,

28th July

Beethoven – Iona Allan, violin & Elli Welsh from Brisbane

Iona Allan, violin

Elli Welsh, piano

Music by Beethoven, Bartok

28th July

MDCH Joseph Tawadros AM, Oud in recital

4th August

MDCH Covent Garden

Lauren Fagan*, soprano

Kiandra Howarth*, soprano

Samuel Sakker*, tenor

Filipe Manu*, tenor

Sergey Rybin, piano

11th August

MDCH Quintet

Leslie Howard, piano

Naoko Keatley*, violin

Bridget O’Donnell*, violin

Morgan Goff, viola

Tim Walden, cello

Music by Schumann & Mozart

25th August

Amitai Pati & Somi Kim in recital from New Zealand

Amitai Pati, tenor

Somi Kim, piano

Music by Schumann, Tosti, Rachmaninoff, Strauss, Verdi, Donnizetti, Mascagni

Leoncavallo, Puccini,

8th September

Jayson Gillham plays Chopin

Jayson Gillham, piano

15th September

JCW Golden Age

The Golden Age of Musical Theatre

Corinne Cowling, soprano

Embla Bishopsoprano

Josie Lane, mezzo-soprano

Jeremy Kleeman, baritone

Brenton Spiteri, tenor

with special guest Morgan Cowling, soprano from NY

and Chad Vindin on piano.

Including songs from My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Oklahoma,

The King and I, Kiss Me Kate, Oliver and more

22nd September

Wilbur Whitta Trio

Wilbur Whitta, piano

Jacques Emery, double bass

Alex Hirlian, drums

Music by Whitta, Perkins, Green

29th September

Celebrating the 90th Birthday of Maestro Richard Bonynge AC CBE

Courtesy of the Australian High Commissioner

Artistic Director: Rosemary Tuck

Ballet Artistic Director: Leanne Benjamin AM OBE

Introducing the new book Chalet Monet

In the presence of the Australian High Commissioner His Excellency the Honourable George Brandis QC

Sincerest thanks to The Royal Ballet and its Director, Kevin O’Hare for their invaluable assistance.

Event Sponsor: Elspeth Turner Laing

Special Guests include:

John Copley CBE, theatre and opera producer and director

David Mellor QC, broadcaster, barrister, and former politician

Guest Artists:

(in order of appearance)

Yvonne Kenny AM, soprano

Rosemary Tuck, piano*

Emma Matthews, soprano

Anna Sleptsova, piano

Fumi Kaneko, ballet **

Reece Clarke, ballet **

Helena Dix, soprano

Chad Vindin, piano*

Benson Wilson, baritone*

Filipe Manu, tenor*

Calvin Richardson, ballet* & **

Valda Wilson, soprano*

Hermina Szabó, violin

Andreas Bittl, accordion

Catherine Carby, mezzo-soprano*

Waynne Kwon, cello*

Jeffrey Black, baritone

David Mibus, piano

24th November

NZ Trio live from New Zealand

Amalia Hall, violin

Ashley Brown, cello

Somi Kim, piano

Music by von Zemlinsky, Cowan, Grieg, Hindson,

21st December

Lotte Betts-Dean & Joseph Havlat

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Lotte Betts-Dean, mezzo-soprano

Joseph Havlat, piano

Music by Cornelius, Warlock, Quilter, Britten