Their partnerships with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Bangarra Dance Theatre and Opera Australia aim to make the arts more accessible to all Australians. This partnership with the Tait Memorial Trust is a further demonstration of the Bank’s commitment to enabling the progress of talented Australian artists, by supporting them as they pursue their careers in the United Kingdom.
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The evening, with the blessing and support of the High Commissioner, went ahead with Geoffrey Conaghan, Victorian Agent General stepping in for The Hon Alexander Downer AC. Geoffrey gave an impassioned speech where he warmly acknowledged our new Principal Partner, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and then congratulated our sponsors and applauded our Friends for being so vital to the Trust’s success. We also wish to thank him for providing the delicious wines from the State of Victoria.For the Tait Memorial Trust this was already a significant evening. We had invited our Friends to join us as we welcomed our two new Patrons, John Frost AM and Leanne Benjamin OBE. The agreement with the Commonwealth Bank came about a few weeks before the event plus the selection of Josephine Frick, to be the inaugural recipient of The Leanne Benjamin Awards, had only recently been decided. Josephine was presented with a cheque for £8,000 being given to her to contribute towards her fees at The Royal Ballet School .We were entertained by three outstanding young Australian artists, Lauren Zolezzi, Gerard Schneider and Chad Vindin. Their performances truly were world class and gave us all further proof in the value of our support and the need to help these talented artists.