Events 2021 Archive

Festive Firebird – 24th November 2021

Tait Friends and their guests are invited to join us for our tribute to ballet with music from the great ballets, featuring artwork by Ann Seddon inspired by Stravinsky’s Firebird, and Prokofiev’s Cinderella. The evening also celebrates some of our Patrons and will include a conversation with celebrated Australian portrait painter, June Mendoza AO OBE; Ross Alley will review Leanne Benjamin AM OBE’s new book ‘Built for Ballet’ which follows her sparkling career from her beginnings in Australia to playing principal roles with The Royal Ballet, London.

“Leanne’s extraordinary journey really comes to life in this refreshingly honest account of her career in dance. She was not only a brilliant Principal with The Royal Ballet but has made a significant impact on the artform through her coaching of the next generation of performers. With her consummate artistry, tenacity, warmth and wit, she truly is built for ballet!”

Kevin O’Hare, Director, The Royal Ballet

We are delighted to confirm a special guest appearance by one of Australia’s greatest pianists and Tait Patron, Piers Lane AO. Piers has just returned to the UK from Australia which included acclaimed performances with Musica Viva, his continued stewardship of the Sydney International Piano Competition,  and ended with performances at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville.


June will share her memories about ballet in the UK and Australia, the many famous dancers she has painted, and of her Mother, Dot Mendoza. Dot played for Pavlova, and Borovansky, and for many years was JCW’s company pianist. In the 1960’s she was associated with The Mavis Bramston Show in Australia as scriptwriter, composer and performer, in later life she coached actors in performance and voice production. Among those she taught were Barry Humphries, June Salter, Gordon Chater, John Meillon and Jill Perryman. …a truly fascinating life.

Our Master of Ceremonies will be the inimitable Ross Alley once again ably supported by Chad Vindin (piano) and we also look forward to introducing you to some of our 2021 awardees performing music inspired by ballet and dance.

We also take this opportunity to bid a fond farewell to Linda Apelt, Agent General for Queensland to the United Kingdom. During her tenure as Agent General her support of young Australian artists and our work has been truly outstanding.

In closing this concert would not be possible without the generous support of Leslie MacLeod-Miller. Leslie has kindly offered his beautiful home as the venue for this unique artistic event. We thank him most sincerely. Places are strictly limited…book now.

Sensation in the Salon – 23rd September 2021

Sensation pertains to our five senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell – physiological responses to stimuli from the world we live in, yet “sensational” embraces so much more: something extraordinary, startling, even scandalous. “Sensation in the Salon”, past and present Tait Memorial Trust awardees will perform pertinent repertoire to dazzle, titillate and inspire in a stunning musical showcase designed to alleviate lockdown lassitude and provoke an intense response in your own senses.

Ross Alley


Tait Tuesdays at Home concert series 2020/2021

In support of the Tait Emergency Relief Fund for Australian & New Zealand Artists, we shared performances online to you in your home not only to our supporters here in the U.K., but also for our many supporters in Australia and New Zealand. 

Tait Awardees and other young musicians from Australia and New Zealand are giving lockdown streaming concert performances from their home to yours in our concert series called TAIT TUESDAYS AT HOME.

Purchase a ticket here on the website and receive a link to the streaming premiere of the concert, or enjoy it any time, as many times as you like, over the following six months from the comfort and safety of your home.

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All Events 2021


2nd March

Joseph Tawadros – REPEAT

9th March

Stars of Covent Garden – REPEAT

16th March

Quintet – REPEAT

23rd March

Golden Age JCW – REPEAT

27th April

Ein Schoener Abend with Annabelle Traves

Sponsored by Voyage Control

Annabelle Traves in recital from Munich

Annabelle Traves, violin

Julia Schuller, violin

Nino Gurevich, piano

Music by Kreisler, Paganini, Beethoven, Gershwin, Bach, Hubay

23rd September

Chelsea Theatre, 7 World’s End Place London SW10 0DR

Presented by Ross Alley Artistic Director: Chad Vindin

Rebecca Allen, Bassoon

Brad Cooper, Tenor

Phillip Costovski, Tenor

Corinne Cowling, Soprano

Annabelle Traves, Violin

Rosie Noble-Booth, Soloist from Rambert School

Music by: Bernstein, Bizet, Duparc, Fauré, McFerrin, Handel, Léhar, Schumann, Sondheim and Tosti

We are also very excited that a ballet student from Rambert School will be performing a piece called Mañana

by Bobby McFerrin, choreographed by Arielle Smith.

24th November

3c Carlisle Place, London SW1P 1NP

Festive Firebird

June Mendoza AO OBE in conversation with Ross Alley

Pavlova & The Dying Swan (performed by Lavinnia Rae, cello)

Ross Alley – A brief look at ballet in Australia

Ann Seddon ballet artwork – a spotlight by Ross Alley

Coppélia pas de deux viola solo (recording)

Lisa Bucknell, viola & Chad Vindin, piano

We look at Leanne Benjamin AM OBE’s book – Built for Ballet

Katherine Allen, soprano & Chad Vindin, piano

1. Pie Jesu – Faure

2. Waltz of my heart – Novello

Sarah Prestwidge, soprano & Chad Vindin, piano

1. Les filles de Cadiz – Delibes

2. I could have danced all night – Lerner & Loewe

Piers Lane AO, piano

Trois Mouvements de Pétrouchka

1. Danse Russe

2. Chez Pétrouchka

3. La Semaine Grasse