Kelly Lovelady, conductor

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Originally posted at Meet the Artist:

Who or what inspired you to take up conducting and pursue a career in music?
Conducting felt inevitable for me as a teenager: a natural evolution despite my oblivion at the time to everything it would eventually entail! The realisation was unceremonious- not really a dream or desire but a moment of clarity. I was lucky to find my two conducting teachers in the years that followed and both continue to mentor me almost 18 years on.

Who or what have been the most important influences on your musical life and career?
I think my tastes and philosophies are largely the result of producing my own work. When you find yourself responsible for every detail you start to reconsider the possibilities. If your self and sanity are malnourished by the freelance world you create your own opportunities to fill the…

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On International Women’s Day – Meet Ruthless Jabiru

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Originally posted at Artisan Accounts:

As part of our endeavor to support International Women’s Day we begged some of our most inspiring female clients to contribute a blog, here Kelly Lovelady from the inimitable Ruthless Jabiru explores change and power.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that ye olde worlde of conducting is overwhelmingly male. The pride and prejudice of the orchestral podium is, to collate the many confounded observations I’ve collected over the years, a beaming anomaly even to those with little or no concert-going experience.

Gender biases in so-called “classical” music are ultimately borne of a performance ritual which reveres and respects its own history so deeply that it continues to perpetuate the quirks of concert culture as it stood in its infancy almost 200 years ago…

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Celebrity Soft Spot Kelly Lovelady

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Originally posted at Noted:

Kelly Lovelady is a Perth girl now based in London where she is founder and artistic director of the Australian orchestra Ruthless Jabiru. She drinks tea with Sir Colin Davis, conducts concerts for Greenpeace and lives in a house boat on a canal. This is someone you need to know about!

What music gets your heart racing?
I do a lot of different types of listening these days. Sometimes Im listening to the musicians, sometimes the repertoire, the interpretation, the program, the chemistry, the venue, the sound of a composer, the sound of an instrument, the strength of a piece, the impact of a conductor, the list goes on. My ear responds differently to music I know well compared to something Im hearing for the first time. I do get excited about discovering new composers and their music. At the moment I cant get enough of Counterstream Radio which is the online broadcast of New Music USA. I also love Late Junction (BBC…

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Confab

I will be doing a post-concert Q&A this Sunday in the Hackney Showroom Bar to reflect and share observations of joy, dissent and using music to champion humanity. All questions and ideas welcome: chat will follow Ruthless Jabiru’s 19:00 performance and will be chaired by Chris Garrard from Art Not Oil.
Details: hackneyshowroom.com/fuel

BBC Radio London

I spoke with Jo Good for the Afternoon Show on BBC Radio London about the role of the conductor, the rise of women on the podium and the ins and outs of Ruthless Jabiru in advance of our performance this Sunday 09 April for Joy & Dissent.
iPlayer Radio: bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04xf56l

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#Musochat

This weekend I’ll be leading an open discussion on Twitter around some of the ethical challenges we wrestle with as self-producing artists and our unique power to inspire change through the integrity and courage of our creative work and systems. All welcome at #Musochat this Sunday 19 March 21:00 EST.
Musochat: musochat.com/refuelling-ethics-in-cultural-sponsorship

Ruthless Jabiru to feature at Joy & Dissent

Originally posted at Ruthless Jabiru:

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Ruthless Jabiru will give the closing performance of Joy & Dissent: a new festival of cultural Activism at Hackney Showroom this Spring.
Tickets: hackneyshowroom.com/fuel
Press release: relevantnow.com/stories
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Julia Wolfe Fuel
Michael Cryne Slipstream (World premiere)
Cat Hope Pure
Gloria Coates Lamentation: Homage to Supply Belcher (1750-1836) from Symphony No.14 “Symphony in Microtones”
Osvaldo Golijov Last Round

Assistant conduct

Last month I had the honour of assisting conductor Vladimir Jurowski at the London Philharmonic Orchestra on two programmes by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Dargomyzhsky, Glinka, Chopin and Rachmaninov with soloists Steven Isserlis and Jan Lisiecki. I am so enriched for our time together and can’t wait to go back!
London Philharmonic Orchestra: lpo.org.uk 

BBC Proms 2016

I was invited to join Andrew McGregor as a guest commentator for the 2016 Proms season on BBC World Service. Here’s the podcast from our show on the 150th anniversary of the Bruch Violin Concerto, fellow Aussie Ray Chen’s fantastic Proms debut and Vaughan Williams Toward the Unknown Region.
iPlayer Radio: bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0430dsj

AusDay in the Apartment

Originally posted at Ruthless Jabiru:

Ruthless Jabiru will take to the West End next week as a headline act of this year’s AusDay in the Apartment. Part cabaret, part chat show, the orchestra will perform ahead of its forthcoming project On Reflection: a Concert for Peter Sculthorpe.
Tickets: artstheatrewestend.co
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Peter Sculthorpe I. Deciso from Third Sonata for Strings “Jabiru Dreaming”

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Originally posted at Ruthless Jabiru:

Eugene Birman Imago Dei (Excerpt)
Performed by Ruthless Jabiru, Kelly Lovelady conductor
Sound and Music Portfolio workshops, Union Chapel, London, 2013-2014
Remix and video by Kelly Lovelady