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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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: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0430dsj

Ruthless Jabiru to perform at Tempting Failure 2016

Originally posted at Ruthless Jabiru:

Ruthless Jabiru has been announced as
a core act of radical performance festival
Tempting Failure in a co-production with
Art Not Oil this July.
Press release: https://www.relevant
now.com/stories/sneakbee/697

 

Julia Wolfe Fuel
Michael Cryne Slipstream (World premiere)
Cat Hope Pure (World premiere)
Gloria Coates Lamentation: Homage to Supply Belcher (1750-1836) from Symphony No.14 “Symphony in Microtones”
Osvaldo Golijov Last Round

10 more badass women

Inspired by Madeline Roycroft’s #IWD post for Cut Common, 10 Badass Women Who Changed the Game in Classical Music, I wanted to add 10 equally “fierce, inspirational and revolutionary” gamechangers of my own, some of whom I’ve been lucky enough to work with. No order.

1. Barbara Hannigan
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AusDay in the Apartment

Originally posted at Ruthless Jabiru:

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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 music by Peter Sculthorpe and Chris Williams ahead of its forthcoming project On Reflection: a Concert for Peter Sculthorpe.
Tickets: https://artstheatrewestend.co.uk/whats-on/ausday-in-the-apartment/

From Ruthless Jabiru: Postcards from the New World – Eugene Birman

Originally posted at The Sampler:

Much like two distant branches of a very large family, Australia and the United States (the latter, in which I grew up) don’t know enough about each other – at least, when it comes to their continually emerging classical music traditions, they don’t. As the British Empire’s more distant outposts, historically speaking, and both defined just as much by their Anglo-Saxon origins as their burgeoning immigrant communities, the two nations’ cultural identities developed in parallel: similar objectives, yet rarely meeting.

The most superficial and common discourse on the nations’ cultural life takes up exactly such questions but rarely discusses the cultural identity of the continents before the arrival of Western Europe colonists, yet it is exactly this “native” identity that is primary in understanding where we – and they – are all going, and where we are coming from. At…

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Sculthorpe’s last ‘Postcards’ to get a hearing in London

Originally posted at Limelight Magazine:

Ex-pats Kelly Lovelady and Ruthless Jabiru plan to play one of the composer’s final commissions.

It’s just over a year since the passing of Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe, yet it seems that the man whose music inspired so many still has a few surprises up his sleeve. Aussie conductor and founder of the ex-pat ensemble Ruthless Jabiru, Kelly Lovelady, commissioned Sculthorpe back in 2012 and, although the work was never completed, she now hopes to raise the funds to allow what did make it to the page to be heard.

“I can’t remember exactly how my friendship with Peter started but I think I’d decided to write and say hello when I was performing some of his flute music in the 1990s,” says Lovelady. “I’d also read his book Sun Music around that time and his idea of the Pacific…

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