Coming Tait Events
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
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 *
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 – 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
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
I HAVE A SONG TO SING
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.