The Tait Memorial Trust was formed in 1992 by Isla Baring OAM in memory of Sir Frank and Viola, Lady Tait and the Tait brothers who played such an important part in the establishment of theatre and the performing arts in Australia.
The Trust offers awards/grants for postgraduate study, performance opportunities to young Australian musicians and
performing artists and general help in the furtherance of their careers while resident in the UK.
To ensure its continuance the Trust arranges regular fund raising events and concerts, invariably featuring the talented young winners of the various awards, and relies a great deal on financial support from the business sector, private donors and other loyal supporters.
The Tait Memorial Trust has raised more than £600,000 to help support young Australian musicians and dancers who need financial assistance while they are studying in the U.K. Through the Royal Over-Seas League it grants a scholarship to ‘the Australian musician showing the most promise’ in the Annual Music Competition. The Trust also grants a prize to the winner of Opera Foundation Australia’s Covent Garden National Opera Studio Scholarship. The Trust also contributes financially to the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation, Bel Canto Awards and will provide a concert platform in London to the winner.
In 2013 the Trust created a new scholarship at the Royal College of Music to be known as the ‘Tait Scholar’. This was followed by the ‘Higgins Scholar’ at the Royal Northern College of Music. In addition to this, the Trust continues to support its numerous existing awards: The John Frost/Frank and Viola Tait Award; the Sir Charles Mackerras chair with the Southbank Sinfonia; in 2014 we created the ‘Leanne Benjamin Awards’ for young Australian dancers with the Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School; for the winner of the Australian International Opera Awards we offer grants to singers with the Wales International Academy of Voice and a special award to a finalist in the Mietta Song Recital Award in Melbourne.
Next Tait Event
Founded in 1992
Isla Baring OAM
Dame Joan Sutherland AC OM DBE, Viola, Lady Tait AM,
Leanne Benjamin AM OBE, John Frost AM, Julian Gavin,
Justin Baring, Isla Baring, Shirley Barr, Anne Longden, Susie Thornton
Fay Curtin, Jan Gowrie-Smith, Caroline Hamilton, Ros Higgins, Wendy Kramer,
Caroline Almonte, Isla Baring OAM, Julian Gavin, Dr Leslie Howard, Deborah Humble, Liane Keegan, Cameron Menzies, Anthony Roden
Jessica Cottis, Jayson Gillham, Katrina Sheppeard, Chad Vindin
Nicola Downer AM
Charity Arts Administrator