Coming Tait Events 

Dear friends and supporters of the Tait,

The bushfire crisis in Australia is now much worse and devastating for vast swathes of our beautiful country. For recent updates about the fires and other ways you can support the organisations and charities working on the ground, you can visit the Australian High Commission in London’s bushfire page which is being regularly updated and provides a vital source of information. There are many initiatives being launched across our community in the United Kingdom and 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 on Sunday March 1st are now on sale. Click here or the button below to purchase tickets or to make a donation towards Australian bushfire charities and organisations. 100% of the funds raised will go directly to bushfire charities and approved organisations in Australia. Eventbrite have waived all fees for this event!

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.

Featured artists include:

Simone Young – next Chief Conductor Sydney Symphony, Hamburg Opera, Opera Australia
Amy Dickson, saxophone – 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 *
Jessica Cottis, conductor – Sydney Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony *
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 – Samling Scholar, Melbourne Symphony, Wigmore Hall *
Bridget O’Donnell, violin – St Martin-in-the-Fields, English Chamber Orchestra, Verbruggen Ensemble *
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

ABBL Organising Committee
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




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.

Bookings will open soon.

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