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 Lovelady is an Australian conductor based in London and in increasing demand abroad. Kelly has appeared as a Guest Conductor with ensembles across the UK, US, Canada, Europe and Australia and has enjoyed repeat invitations to conduct for Greenpeace, City of London Festival, Cluster New Music & Integrated Arts Festival, Cortona Sessions for New Music, Pop Montreal International Music Festival and the Tait Memorial Trust. Kelly has appeared with soloists including Lara St John, John Williams, Emma Pearson, Charlotte Church, Amy Dickson and Jayson Gillham and has assisted conductors including Vladimir Jurowski, Otto Tausk, Brad Cohen and Richard Bonynge. 

Kelly was recently engaged as co-conductor with Ilan Volkov for a programme of symphonies by Gloria Coates with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. This season she has further conducted at Cortona Sessions for New Music (Italy), Music in the Alps Festival (Austria), Wind Chamber (Canada), Opera Holland Park (UK) and in collaboration with the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at King’s College London. 

In recent years she has served as an Assistant Conductor to the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski, Konzert und Theater Sankt Gallen under Otto Tausk (Written on Skin), Opera Holland Park under Brad Cohen (Ariadne auf Naxos), and Richard Bonynge for Naxos Records. In 2015 she was a rehearsal conductor for Simon Rattle’s Young Orchestra for London project and has performed at venues including the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe, Union Chapel, LSO St Luke’s, Australia House London, Rachel Browne Theatre, Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Société des Arts Technologiques Montreal.

Kelly is the founding Artistic Director and conductor of Ruthless Jabiru, a London chamber orchestra dedicated to promoting humanitarian, sustainability and social justice stories through New music. Recent projects by Ruthless Jabiru have explored imagined narratives around asylum policy, ethical sponsorship in the cultural sector, historic nuclear testing at Maralinga, and an homage to poet and Activist Oodgeroo Noonuccal.

Evident in this piece (as in everything during the concert) was her ability to fine-tune an orchestra like a well-trained piano accompanist, following her soloists with great skill and offering support at every turn.”    Limelight Magazine

In 2017 Kelly was selected for participation in the Creative Climate Leadership programme coordinated by Julie’s Bicycle: an intensive for artists and cultural professionals to explore the cultural dimensions of climate change and take action with impact, creativity and resilience. She made her City of London Festival debut with Ruthless Jabiru in 2011 in a performance named by one reviewer as “the most enjoyable concert” of the City of London Festival, following which she was presented to HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh as an Australian cultural ambassador. 

In 2012 she held a Residency at Cluster New Music and Integrated Arts Festival in Winnipeg, Canada, where she devised, directed and conducted three major operatic projects by emerging Canadian composers Matthew Ricketts, Luke Nickel and Heidi Ouellette; and in 2004 enjoyed a Residency with South East Missouri State Symphonic Wind Ensemble awarded by the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.

The most enjoyable concert of our sampling of the City of London Festival has been one of American and Australian music by a new orchestra of Australian Londoners… the group which debuted last night was welded into a real entity by its founder conductor Kelly Lovelady, one of two bright stars of the night. She led the music sensitively with good ensemble and a feeling that everyone was listening to each other. Her rapport with her players and with soloist Emma Pearson was a delight.”    Musical Pointers

Forthcoming projects include the world premieres of new works for string orchestra by Peter Sculthorpe, commissioned by Ruthless Jabiru with support from the Australia Council for the Arts, and by Eugene Birman, developed in partnership with Sound and Music through the Portfolio composer scheme, for whom she has now led three composer workshops with full ensemble. 

Kelly trained at the University of Western Australia and the University of Manitoba, Canada and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards. She has participated in over 20 conducting masterclasses across Europe, Australia, Canada and the US and is currently mentored by Kenneth Kiesler and Alison Tickell. Kelly has been engaged as a panellist by the Australian Music Centre, Australian Performing Rights Association, International Society for Contemporary Music, Sound and Music, Tait Memorial Trust and the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts, a guest for BBC World Service, BBC Radio London, ABC Radio National and CKUW 95.9 Winnipeg, and as a mentor by the Foundation for International Education London. 

From 2005-2012 Kelly was the founding Artistic Director of the Live Art and chamber ensemble experimental project Pazzia Collective, through which she created 25 unique festival pieces across three continents. 

Kelly’s propensity for New music has also led to her acclaim as a scorereader for a roster of clients including the BBC, the London Symphony, London Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras, London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the Barbican and Southbank Centres; and for pianists including Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Mitsuko Uchida, Nicolas Hodges, Steven Osborne and Jeremy Denk.

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