Biography [226 words]

Kelly Lovelady — Conductor Biography [226 words]


Kelly Lovelady is an Australian conductor based in London and in increasing demand abroad. She has enjoyed repeat invitations to conduct for Opera Holland Park, City of London Festival, Cluster New Music & Integrated Arts Festival, Cortona Sessions for New Music, Pop Montreal International Music Festival, Greenpeace, Brighton Fringe and the Tait Memorial Trust.

Kelly has served as 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 Beatrice Venezi (L’amico Fritz), Richard Bonynge for Naxos Records; and rehearsal conductor for Simon Rattle’s Young Orchestra for London and LSO Soundhub. Career highlights to date have included second conductor to Ilan Volkov for a programme of symphonies by Gloria Coates with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; workshop conductor to the renowned London Sinfonietta; and Musical Director for the inaugural production of Gothic Opera, Der Vampyr; nominated for Best Opera Production in London’s 2019 Off West End Awards.

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. 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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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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