Coming Events 

Dear Friends,

Please come to this special event curated by our Patron, Leanne Benjamin AM OBE. The Trust has 100 seats to sell courtesy of the Office of the Queensland Agent General. We thank Linda Apelt, Agent General for Queensland, and our honoured guest His Excellency The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland most sincerely. Such support of the Arts is very welcome.

You can look forward to first-class performances by dancers from the Royal Opera House including Royal Ballet soloist, Romany Pajdak, music by Queensland composer Connor D’Netto*, soprano, Alexandra Oomens and a performance by Queensland violinist, Courtenay Cleary*, currently studying at the Juilliard School in New York,  supported by the American Australian Association.

Calvin Richardson*, now a soloist with the Royal Ballet, who you know so well, for his wonderful performance of his own choreography of The Dying Swan will dance for us, and finally Lachlan Monaghan* now a soloist with the Birmingham Royal Ballet will perform an excerpt from Hobson’s Choice.

Royal Ballet rehearsal, and concert pianist, Kate Shipway will be playing in this evening’s performance. We are very grateful to her and to all of the artists performing for us at this special arts event.

It promises to be a unique occasion and will showcase the vibrant relationship between performing artists from Queensland and the United Kingdom.

Tickets will sell very quickly.

We look forward to seeing you there

Isla Baring OAM
Tait Memorial Trust

* Tait Awardee

Ms Linda Apelt,
Agent-General for Queensland
in association with The Tait Memorial Trust
in the presence of
His Excellency The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC
Governor of Queensland
and Mrs de Jersey

requests the pleasure of your company to the

Leanne Benjamin AM OBE Recital

on Wednesday, 20th November 2019

6.30pm for 6.45pm – 8.45pm

at Australia House, Strand, London, WC2B 4LA, United Kingdom

Dress code: Business attire

Ticket sales close: Monday, 18 November 2019

For security purposes, official government ID is strictly required to access Australia House. 

We also request you minimise bags where practical.

The Leanne Benjamin AM OBE Recital is in honour of Ms Benjamin being awarded the inaugural Queensland Agent-General Award announced at the 2019 Queensland Day Reception. This Award recognises an outstanding Queenslander’s achievements in the United Kingdom in their field and contribution to furthering the Queensland-UK relationship. Ms Benjamin is being recognised for her outstanding achievements and services to the arts, in particular in ballet, both at home in Queensland and internationally. Since retirement from the Royal Ballet Company, Leanne is passionate about developing and fulfilling the talent of the next generation of dancers. Leanne has personally curated the programme for this special performance.

This special recital is being delivered in association with The Tait Memorial Trust.

The Tait Memorial Trust offers awards and grants for postgraduate study, performance opportunities to young musicians, dancers and performing artists from Australia and New Zealand, and provides general support in the furtherance of their careers while resident in the UK.

All ticket sales from this recital will go directly towards the Trust’s
Leanne Benjamin Dance Award grants program.

Principal Event Partner
Trade and Investment Queensland

TIQ is the Queensland Government’s dedicated global business agency, helping Queensland exporters take their products to world markets, and promoting Queensland as the perfect place for investment.