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…
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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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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 I’m 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 I’m hearing for the first time. I do get excited about discovering new composers and their music. At the moment I can’t get enough of Counterstream Radio which is the online broadcast of New Music USA. I also love Late Junction (BBC…
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Cat Hope Pure for found object, orchestra and subtones (2014-16)
Devised by Kelly Lovelady
Performed by Ruthless Jabiru, Jeremy Barnett found object
Live recording by Apple & Biscuit
Originally posted at BBC Radio London:
Author Dawn O’Porter chats about on her new novel, Kelly Lovelady discusses the demands of a female conductor and Annie Beckett talks about living with an alcoholic mother.
Originally posted at Musochat:
Host: Kelly Lovelady (@KellyLovelady)
How do we perpetuate our projects in austerity conditions? Should we dull our originality and politics to attract commercial branding and government grants? Fossil fuel companies are buying into our performance venues to bury their social and environmental crimes. Can the uprising towards an oil-free cultural sector start with us: the artists?
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Originally posted at Ruthless Jabiru:
Ruthless Jabiru will give the closing performance of Joy & Dissent: a new festival of cultural Activism at Hackney Showroom this Spring.
Press release: relevantnow.com/stories
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
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
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
Egidija Medekšaité Sandhi Prakash for 16 strings (2013)
Developed for Ruthless Jabiru through the Sound and Music Portfolio composer scheme
Performed by Ruthless Jabiru, Kelly Lovelady conductor
Live recording of world premiere
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.
Chris Williams Advance Australia Fair
Peter Sculthorpe I. Deciso from Third Sonata for Strings “Jabiru Dreaming”