“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. Career highlights have included co-conductor with Ilan Volkov at 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. Kelly recently served as Assistant Conductor for the world premiere production of the new Michael Hersch/Stephanie Fleischmann opera, Poppaea, for Zeiträume Basel and Wien Modern.

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 in an effort to promote compassion, sustainability and social consciousness. In addition to degree study in Australia/US and Canada, Kelly recently completed a Certificate of Advanced Study in Curating Contemporary Music at Hochschule für Musik Basel.

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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, Ensemble Phoenix Basel
Assistant Conductor, Opera Holland Park
Curatorial Team, Festival Zeiträume Basel
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

Operas (roles detailed in cv)

2021 — Poppaea Michael Hersch / Stephanie Fleischmann | Zeiträume Basel & Wien Modern
2021 — L’amico Fritz Pietro Mascagni / Nicola Daspuro | Opera Holland Park
2020 — Rigoletto Giuseppe Verdi / Francesco Maria Piave | Opera Holland Park [Postponed]
2019 — Der Vampyr Heinrich August Marschner / Wilhelm August Wohlbrück | Gothic Opera
2019 — Silk Moth Bushra El-Turk / Eleanor Knight | Grimeborn Festival
2018 — Ariadne auf Naxos Richard Strauss / Hugo von Hofmannsthal | Opera Holland Park
2015 — Written on Skin George Benjamin / Martin Crimp | Theater und Orchester Sankt Gallen
2012 — No Masque for Good Measure Matthew Ricketts / Lauren J. Rogener | Cluster New Music & Integrated Arts Festival
2012 — Ophiuchus Rising Luke Nickel | Cluster New Music & Integrated Arts Festival
2012 — The Gashlycrumb Tinies Heidi Ouellette / Edward Gorey | Cluster New Music & Integrated Arts Festival
2011 — Sensual Emergency Matthew Ricketts | Cluster New Music & Integrated Arts Festival
2007 — Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot Peter Maxwell Davies / Randolph Stow | Pop Montreal International Music Festival


Wien Modern
Zeiträume Basel
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

Read Kelly Lovelady’s CV in full →

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Press Release: Ruthless Jabiru and Decibel together in concert for one night only

London chamber orchestra Ruthless Jabiru welcomes into its fold fellow Australian musicians Decibel New Music Ensemble for a massed finale to the latter’s forthcoming UK tour. 

The two ensembles will unite for a programme of graphic-, text- and traditionally-notated music performed by an orchestra of entirely low instruments. The event will take place in the unique subaquatic surrounds of the Grand Entrance Hall at the Brunel Museum on 02 December 2022 as part of the UK/Australia Season 2021-22.

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