“Sir Frank Tait has done the greatest service to Australian Theatre and to the arts of anyone we know.” Richard Bonynge AC CBE

The Tait Memorial Trust recently announced that 24 young ballet dancers and musicians have been awarded grants and prizes in 2019.

Since its foundation in 1992, the Tait has raised more than £900,000 (approximately $1.6 million AUD) to help support over 300 young musicians and dancers from Australia and New Zealand while they are studying in the UK. Awards have grown five-fold over the past six years due to a loyal base of generous personal donors and the Tait Friends, with applications rising 26 percent year on year. The Music Board is chaired by Australian conductor Jessica Cottis, and the Leanne Benjamin Ballet Awards Board is chaired by Tait Patron, Leanne Benjamin AM OBE.

The Tait Memorial Trust (TMT) was founded to honour the memory of Sir Frank and Viola, Lady Tait, and the Tait brothers who played such an important part in the establishment of theatre and the performing arts in Australia and New Zealand. The Trust’s first awardee was dramatic alto Liane Keegan from Victoria who won the...