“Kelly Lovelady conducted with masterful sensitivity throughout … [her] carefully considered programming makes abundant conceptual sense … It was one of the most remarkable musical experiences of my year.”    Tempo

Kelly Lovelady is an Australian conductor based in London and in increasing demand abroad. Recent engagements have included co-conductor with Ilan Volkov for a programme of symphonies by Gloria Coates with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; rehearsal conductor to the renowned London Sinfonietta; and Musical Director for the inaugural production by Gothic Opera, Der Vampyr, nominated for Best Opera Production in the 2019 Off West End Awards. 

A proficient, no-nonsense conductor, with excellent baton technique and a clear commitment to giving every cue in the score … her ability to stay in control of these complex works was always impressive.”    Seen and Heard International

Kelly is the founding Artistic Director of Ruthless Jabiru: a London chamber orchestra dedicated to exploring humanitarian and social justice stories through New music to promote compassion, sustainability and social consciousness. In 2019 Ruthless Jabiru made its Grimeborn Festival debut with Silk Moth: a fully-staged programme of music by Bushra El-Turk, Liza Lim and Cassandra Miller exploring female dis/empowerment in so-called honour crimes.

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Selected engagements

Rehearsal Conductor, London Sinfonietta
Second Conductor, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Assistant Conductor, London Philharmonic Orchestra
Assistant Conductor, Theater und Orchester Sankt Gallen
Assistant Conductor, Opera Holland Park
Rehearsal Conductor, Young Orchestra for London
Rehearsal Conductor, LSO Soundhub
Guest Conductor, Shakespeare’s Globe
Guest Conductor, City of London Festival
Musical Director, Gothic Opera
Artist-in-Residence, Cluster New Music & Integrated Arts Festival
Conducting Fellow, Cortona Sessions for New Music


2020 [Postponed] — Rigoletto, Opera Holland Park (Assistant Conductor)
2019 — Der Vampyr, Gothic Opera
2019 — Silk Moth, Ruthless Jabiru / Grimeborn Festival
2018 — Ariadne auf Naxos, Opera Holland Park, (Assistant Conductor)
2015 — Written on Skin, Theater und Orchester Sankt Gallen (Assistant Conductor)
2012 — No Masque for Good Measure, Cluster New Music & Integrated Arts Festival
2012 — Ophiuchus Rising, Cluster New Music & Integrated Arts Festival
2012 — The Gashlycrumb Tinies, Cluster New Music & Integrated Arts Festival
2007 — Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot, Pop Montréal International Music Festival


City of London Festival
Grimeborn Opera Festival
Cortona Sessions for New Music
Joy & Dissent: Festival of Cultural Activism
Cluster New Music & Integrated Arts Festival
Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts
Brighton Fringe Festival
Pop Montréal International Music Festival
Festival St-Ambroise Fringe de Montréal
Adelaide Fringe Festival
Music in the Alps International Music Festival

Sample programmes

Silk Moth | Ruthless Jabiru
The Drowners | Ruthless Jabiru & Morgan Pearse
Fuel | Ruthless Jabiru
The Past | Ruthless Jabiru & Russell Harcourt
Maralinga | Ruthless Jabiru & Lara St John

Recognition includes

Presentation to HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
Career Development Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
New Work Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
Transmission Fund Grant, Help Musicians UK
Nomination: Qantas Australian Woman of the Year in the UK
Creative Climate Leader, Julie’s Bicycle


Ruthless Jabiru Diversity Commitment
Ruthless Jabiru Sustainability Policy

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Music Lessons Go Digital

Originally posted at Limelight Magazine:

Template 258x173We speak to Australian musicians working around the world about how they are responding to the challenges of teaching music remotely.

By Angus McPherson on April 21, 2020

Many musicians supplement their performing income with teaching work – but just as the concert halls and theatres are closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with social distancing measures in force and students staying home from school, music lessons are also being put on hold. Suddenly, music teachers around the country are having to adapt to a new world in which online lessons are the only way to continue making a living. Meanwhile, performing artists facing down the prospect of months without any of their regular income streams are finding ways to make ends meet by offering online Continue reading

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