Events 2020 Archive

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Wednesday 11th MARCH 2020

BOOK LAUNCH & GALA CONCERT

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.

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Kookaburra
© 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

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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
Choir

We look forward to seeing you at the concert.

With all best wishes

Isla Baring OAM
Chairman
Tait Memorial Trust

ABBL Team
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

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