“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. In Summer 2021, Kelly serves as Assistant Conductor to Ensemble Phoenix Basel and Ensemble SoloVoices under Jürg Henneberger for the world premiere production of Michael Hersch/Stephanie Fleischmann 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 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, 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


2021 — Poppaea, Ensemble Phoenix Basel / Ensemble SoloVoices (Assistant Conductor)
2021 — L’amico Fritz, Opera Holland Park (Assistant Conductor)
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


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

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Recent Posts

Turning the Page for the Arts

Originally posted at Journal of Beautiful Business:

template-258x173-1A conversation with the conductor and page turner Kelly Lovelady

Tim Leberecht

Artists have suffered tremendously from the pandemic. Many have lost their income and realized that the safety net protecting them is even more fragile than they had feared. Add to this the underlying socio-economic challenges that the cultural critic William Deresiewicz aptly depicts in his recent book, The Death of the Artist: How Creators Are Struggling to Survive in the Age of Billionaires and Big Tech. At first glance, the democratization of the arts through digital technology might let you conclude that “There’s never been a better time to be an artist.” Many artists, however, feel differently: There’s never been a worse time to be one. Despite (or in fact, because of) the gig economy, as well as the long tail of digital platforms and crowdsourced funding mechanisms, revenue for most creators is falling. They may now have “universal access” to the audience, but “at the price of universal impoverishment,” as Deresiewicz puts it.

As we are all desperately wanting to turn the page and open a new chapter, I spoke with someone who’s not just an artist but also professional page turner: London-based Australian conductor Kelly Lovelady. Lovelady is the founding Artistic Director of Ruthless Jabiru, a chamber orchestra dedicated to exploring humanitarian and social justice stories through new music to promote compassion, sustainability, and social consciousness. Continue reading

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