“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 and Pop Montreal International Music Festival. Kelly has appeared with soloists including Lara St John, John Williams, Emma Pearson, Charlotte Church, Amy Dickson, Jayson Gillham and Elena Xanthoudakis and has assisted conductors Vladimir Jurowski, Otto Tausk and Richard Bonynge.
In recent years Kelly has joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra as Assistant Conductor for performances at Royal Festival Hall, and Konzert und Theater St Gallen as Assistant Conductor for the Swiss premiere of George Benjamin’s opera Written on Skin. 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 exploring humanitarian stories through New music.
“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
This season Kelly conducted Ruthless Jabiru in a major performance event for Joy & Dissent festival of cultural Activism calling for London’s cultural organisations to aspire to an oil-free cultural sector, and an imagined study in Pacifism and carriage for The Joy Offensive ocean. Kelly was further 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.
In 2011 Kelly made her City of London Festival debut with Ruthless Jabiru 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.
In 2004 she conducted the South East Missouri State Symphonic Wind Ensemble in Vincent Persichetti’s Symphony No.6 as part of a Residency awarded by the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.
“Kelly takes the notes off the page to find the internal groove of the music as if it were jazz.” Ken Milton, violinist
Forthcoming projects include the world premieres of new works for string orchestra by Peter Sculthorpe and Andrew Ford, 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 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, LSO, LPO, Philharmonia, London Sinfonietta, and the Barbican and Southbank Centres.