CV

Kelly Lovelady, Conductor

Box 321, 128 Aldersgate Street, London EC1A 4AE, United Kingdom
kelly@kellylovelady.com / +44 7726 238 648
Australian / Indefinite Leave to remain (UK)


CV Précis and Conductor Biography→

Experience — Highlights

Founding Artistic Director and Conductor, Ruthless Jabiru; London UK — 2011-Present
Creative direction and management of a professional chamber orchestra dedicated to New music for which I am responsible for all financing, marketing, recruitment, production, commissioning and business development to lead a team of 20-40 members per project: ruthlessjabiru.com

  • Project Support & Sponsorship: Sound and Music, Creative Europe, Creative Climate Leadership, Kulturno Izobraževalno Društvo PiNA, Julie’s Bicycle, Culture Unstained, Australia Council for the Arts, Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, Creative Partnerships Australia, Australian Cultural Fund, Tait Memorial Trust, West Australian Government in Europe, Australian Business, Westfield Shoppingtowns Limited, Westpac Institutional Banking, Mighty Bright, Slingshot Sponsorship
  • Venue Partnerships: Arcola Theatre, LSO St Luke’s, Union Chapel, Hackney Showroom, King’s College London, Australia House London, Omnibus Clapham, Arts Theatre West End
  • Festival Partnerships: Grimeborn Festival, Joy & Dissent Festival of Cultural Activism, Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts
  • Press Coverage: Tempo, BBC London, BBC World Service, I Care If You Listen, Seen and Heard International, Limelight Magazine, International Arts Manager, The Times, The Sunday Times, Britain Magazine, ABC Arts, Australian Music Centre, Resonate Magazine, Sound and Music, The Sampler, Faber Music Fortissimo, Musical Pointers, Orpheus Complex, ABC Radio National, Classical Source, Noted, Gig Magazine, Music Council of Australia, Music Forum, Loudmouth, Australian Times

Rehearsal Conductor, London Sinfonietta; London, UK — 2019
Invited at short notice to conduct a rehearsal of Hans Abrahamsen Märchenbilder for chamber orchestra as part of the London Sinfonietta Academy 2019

Musical Director and Arranger, Gothic Opera Der Vampyr ; London, UK — 2019
Headhunted for Gothic Opera’s inaugural production: a site-specific performance of Heinrich August Marschner Der Vampyr for the Old Church, Stoke Newington and transfer to two satellite venues. The production enjoyed a sold-out season and was nominated for Best Opera Production in London’s 2019 Off West End Awards

  • “Kelly delivered an extremely effective orchestral reduction for chamber ensemble which retained the quality and energy of the original symphonic scoring without sacrificing support for a strong cast of 14. She created the arrangement with consideration for three acoustically challenging venues, each with a different physical orientation for performers and orchestra. She had minimal rehearsal time in each venue, and was charged with adapting rapidly. Kelly is an inspired and imaginative collaborator, respectful of the diverse needs of contributors across a mixed artform project, and of dramatically different voices and working styles within one cast. She has a collaborative approach to preparation and performance which allowed the performers to find their own most authentic way into her interpretation. The response to a question was never “no” but “okay, how?” I found Kelly to be an energetic and intuitive conductor and coach, and deeply appreciated her sensitivity to dramatic intentions and specific readings of the text.” Julia Mintzer, Director
  • “The music was wonderful and the young singers were outstanding. The ensemble work in particular was astonishingly good; the musical director must be a genius.” @rictor.norton

Programmed Artist, Arcola Theatre Silk Moth; London, UK — 2019
Ruthless Jabiru at Grimeborn Opera Festival — fully-staged realisation of music by Bushra El-Turk, Liza Lim and Cassandra Miller in collaboration with director Heather Fairbairn

  • “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 … demanding that we look and listen. A sincere and sensitive exploration of ethnicity, domesticity and violence.” —Tempo
  • “Utterly captivating … This was a daring and powerful theatrical evening which lasted less than an hour, but whose emotion will resonate for far longer.” —I Care If You Listen
  • Nominated for 2020 True Honour Awards of the Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation: an annual celebration of individuals and organisations who have taken a stand against ‘honour’-based abuse

Assistant Conductor to Matthew Kofi Waldren, Opera Holland Park Rigoletto; London, UK — 2020 [Projected]
Contracted to assist on Giuseppe Verdi Rigoletto with City of London Sinfonia to open OHP’s 2020 season

Second Conductor to Ilan Volkov, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Glasgow, UK — 2018
Short notice jump-in as co-conductor for rehearsals and performance of Gloria Coates Symphony No.11 [WP revised version] recorded for delayed broadcast on BBC Radio 3 Hear and Now

Assistant Conductor to Brad Cohen, Opera Holland Park Ariadne auf Naxos; London, UK — 2018
Contracted to assist on OHP/Scottish Opera co-production of Richard Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos with City of London Sinfonia

Programmed Artist, Hackney Showroom Fuel; London, UK — 2017
Ruthless Jabiru at Joy & Dissent: Festival of cultural Activism — programme of Julia Wolfe, Gloria Coates, Cat Hope, Michael Cryne, Osvaldo Golijov

  • “In 2017 Kelly chose my work Pure for found object, orchestra and subtone for inclusion in Ruthless Jabiru’s landmark programme Fuel: a co-production with the Art Not Oil Coalition for the 2017 Joy & Dissent festival of cultural Activism in London. In the years since the piece was premiered, the live recording from this performance is one of my absolute favourite realisations. My composition leverages animated graphic score, fixed electronics and elements of guided improvisation which demand a high level of commitment of the orchestra: a commitment that I absolutely hear realised under the direction of Kelly Lovelady. Her openness to exploring conceptual scores and new media within a large ensemble context was also extremely impressive. That she continues to run a freelance orchestra in London is a remarkable achievement only possible through true and effective leadership and enthusiasm.” Cat Hope, Composer

Assistant Conductor to Vladimir Jurowski, London Philharmonic Orchestra; London, UK — 2016
Contracted to assist Jurowski on two programmes of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Glinka, Dargomyzhsky, Chopin and Rachmaninov at Royal Festival Hall

Assistant Conductor to Otto Tausk, Theater Sankt Gallen Written on Skin; Sankt Gallen, Switzerland — 2015
Assisted on company production of George Benjamin’s opera Written on Skin

Guest Conductor, Shakespeare’s Globe; London, UK — 2015
Conducted an ensemble handpicked by guitarist John Williams for the Concerts by Candlelight series in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Guest Conductor, Greenpeace Requiem for Arctic Ice; London UK — 2015
Conducted singer Charlotte Church and an expanded Ligeti Quartet in a popup performance for the Save the Arctic campaign generating international media attention

Programmed Artist, Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts The Past; London, UK — 2014
Countertenor Russell Harcourt and Ruthless Jabiru at King’s College Chapel, London — programme of Michael Tippett, Andrew Ford, Tansy Davies, Chris Williams, Egidija Medeksaite

Regular Guest Conductor, Tait Chamber Orchestra; London UK — 2010-2014
Annual charity gala Winter Prom at venues including St John’s Smith Square, Australian High Commission, St Paul’s Knightsbridge

  • “The lively and innovative Australian conductor Kelly Lovelady held a diverse evening together with her wide-ranging musical skills … [not least] 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
  • “What was not in doubt was the quality of the performers on show throughout this Winter Prom … perfectly balanced against the Tait Chamber Orchestra, unfussily and sympathetically conducted–here and elsewhere–by Kelly Lovelady.” —Seen and Heard International

Artist-in-Residence, Cluster New Music & Integrated Arts Festival; Winnipeg, Canada — 2012
Conducted/devised 3 new operas by Canadian composers for the 2012 festival: Matthew Ricketts No Masque for Good Measure [WP], Luke Nickel Ophiuchus Rising [WP], Heidi Ouellette The Gashlycrumb Tinies

Guest Conductor, City of London Festival; London, UK — 2012
European premiere of Philip Houghton The Light on the Edge at Fishmongers’ Hall by invitation of guitarist John Williams 

Programmed Artist, Cluster New Music & Integrated Arts Festival Sensual Emergency; Winnipeg, Canada — 2011
Commissioned/devised a Surrealist kabarett for mixed ensemble of 7 players on texts of Frederic Rzewski 

Programmed Artist, City of London Festival; London, UK — 2011
Soprano Emma Pearson and Ruthless Jabiru at LSO St Luke’s — programme of Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Peter Sculthorpe 

  • “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

Assistant Conductor to Richard Bonynge; London, UK — 2011
Commercial recording project for Naxos Records with the Tait Chamber Orchestra


Experience — Complete

Freelance surtitling/scorereading/pageturning; UK — 2009-Present
Clients include

  • Ensembles: London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, BBC Singers
  • Promoters: Barbican Centre, Southbank Centre, BBC Proms, BBC Radio 3, Cadogan Hall, LSO St Luke’s
  • Pianists: Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Tamara Stefanovich, Igor Levit, Nicolas Hodges, Mitsuko Uchida, Antonio Pappano, Steven Osborne, Jeremy Denk, Lang Lang, Yuja Wang, Emmanuel Ax, Denis Matsuev, Denis Khozukhin, Stephen Hough, Malcolm Martineau, Olli Mustonen, Marc-André Hamelin, James Baillieu, Victor Sangiorgio, Piers Lane, Peter Donohoe, Huw Watkins
  • Agents: Intermusica, Harrison Parrott, Askonas Holt

Rehearsal conductor, Fortismere Community Choir; London, UK — 2019
Rehearsal cover for North London choir of approx 60 members: Beethoven Missa Solemnis

Conducting Fellow, Cortona Sessions for New Music; Cortona, Italy — 2018, 2019
Selected for one of 2 fellowship positions at 2-week residential festival of contemporary music

Conducting Apprentice and Orchestra Manager, Music in the Alps International Music Festival and Master Course; Bad Gastein, Austria — 2018
Elite selection for 3-week residential conducting masterclass and festival programme

Major performance, King’s College London The Drowners; London, UK — 2018
Baritone Morgan Pearse and Ruthless Jabiru at KCL — programme of Nicole Lizée, Rosalind Page, Andrew Ford, Wolfgang Rihm, Fausto Romitelli

  • “Delicate, dedicated modernism … As ever with this orchestra the performance standards were impressively high, especially given the technical demands of the music.” —The Arts Desk

Guest Speaker, Desautels Faculty of Music, University of Manitoba; Winnipeg, Canada — 2018
Presentation to composition seminar on professional/creative sustainability

Guest Conductor, Wind Chamber; Winnipeg, Canada — 2018
University of Manitoba/Brandon University massed clarinet choirs in music by Holst, Rossini, Philip Glass and Artie Shaw

Guest Speaker, School of Music and Performing Arts, Canterbury Christ Church University; Canterbury, UK — 2017
Presentation and Q&A on professional experience in the creative industries

Programmed Artist, The Joy Offensive ocean.; London, UK — 2017
Cameo by Ruthless Jabiru in curated performance at Omnibus Clapham — music by Liza Lim

Creative Climate Leadership Programme, Julie’s Bicycle/PiNA; Koper, Slovenia — 2017
Selected for elite leadership training exploring the role of culture and creativity in responding to climate change and environmental challenges

Stage Manager, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Canal Serenade; Birmingham UK — 2017
Assisted on two spatial performances of commissions by Richard Baker, Ondřej Adámek and Yannis Kyriakides on the Birmingham canal network

Guest Conductor, Scordatura Women’s Music Collective; London, UK — 2017
Programme including world premiere of chamber orchestra commission by Yfat Soul Zisso

Guest Conductor, Greenpeace Requiem for Sinking Cities; London UK — 2016
Conducted a popup performance at the British Museum calling for ethical arts sponsorship

Guest Lecturer, School of Music, University of Western Australia; Perth, Australia — 2016
Q&A and masterclass in contemporary performance practice

Guest Presenter, BBC World Service; London, UK — 2016 
Invited to co-present a radio broadcast with BBC Radio 3’s Andrew McGregor discussing Ruthless Jabiru and the Australian work ethic alongside a live Proms performance by violinist Ray Chen and the BBCSO 

Workshop Leader, Heart n Soul/Sound and Music Portfolio Composer Workshop; London, UK — 2016 
Chamber music workshop with London Symphony Orchestra musicians — music by Bobbie-Jane Gardner and Lizzie Emeh

Guest Conductor, Lewisham Choral Society/The Membranes; London, UK — 2016
Devised/conducted a unique choral collaboration with acclaimed British post-punk band

Librarian and Rehearsal Conductor, Young Orchestra for London; London, UK — 2015
Preparation and management of orchestral parts for 100 players; liaison with production teams from Barbican and Southbank Centres, publishers, composers, arrangers, agents, tutors and conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Duncan Ward and Ben Gernon

  • Short notice jump-in as rehearsal conductor for world premiere of Zero at the Bone: mixed-ability commission by Stephen Montague for large orchestra of students aged 11-17

Guest Panellist Collaboration in Contemporary Music, Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts; London, UK — 2015
One of three experts selected for a panel discussion on musical identity, working relationships between artists, and experiences of producing/performing New music

Workshop Leader, Ruthless Jabiru/Sound and Music Portfolio Composer Workshop; London, UK — 2013-14
Two workshops for full string orchestra to develop new works by British-based composers Egidija Medeksaite, Michael Cryne and Eugene Birman

Selection Panellist Orchestral work of the Year, Australian Music Centre/Australian Performing Rights Association Art Music Awards — 2014
Consultant on major Australian composition award

Selection Panellist Composer/Curator European Cultural Exchange, International Society of Contemporary Music/Sound and Music; London, UK — 2014
Candidate selection to represent UK for ISCM partnership scheme with Sweden/Estonia/Croatia

Assistant to Artistic Director, Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra; London, UK — 2012-14
Personal assistant to conductor James Blair: consultation, grantwriting, auditioning, audiotyping, orchestral management, artist liaisons, secretarial support

Major Performance, Union Chapel Maralinga; London, UK — 2013
Violinist Lara St John and Ruthless Jabiru — programme of Linda Buckley, Matthew Hindson, Paul Stanhope, Arvo Pärt, Samuel Barber

  • “Kelly Lovelady is both a cultural ambassador for Australia and a campaigner for recognition for Australian artists abroad … Ruthless Jabiru is a brilliant company.” —Australian Stage

Showcase Event, Australia House London; London, UK — 2013
Ruthless Jabiru performance in partnership with West Australian Government in Europe — programme of Leah Kardos [WP], Brett Dean, John Adams

  • “A proficient, no-nonsense conductor, with excellent baton technique and a clear commitment to giving every cue in the score … [Lovelady’s] ability to stay in control of these complex works was always impressive … Musical standards are high, and the enthusiasm of all the musicians onstage was abundantly clear. The orchestra has a clear musical identity, and its future looks very bright indeed.” —Seen and Heard International
  • “The skill and professionalism of this orchestra, and of its founder and principal conductor Kelly Lovelady, was clearly evident throughout … a remarkable and moving performance.” —Australian Times

Event Manager, Donatella Flick Conducting Competition; London, UK — 2010
Production management of major international competition and gala dinner for 150 VIP patrons including British and European royalty; liaison with London Symphony Orchestra, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Barbican Centre, 20 international candidates, Selection Committee, international jury, Donatella Flick

Guest Conductor, West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra; Leeds, UK — 2009-10
10-week community orchestra rehearsal season culminating in performance of Jean Sibelius Symphony No.2

Administrative Support, London Symphony Orchestra; London, UK — 2009-16
Switchboard, inbox and general office management for a major international orchestra interfacing with CEO and all departments

  • Additional project support through direct hires by Development (fundraising data collection and analysis), Marketing (mailouts) and Orchestral library (part preparation)

Committee Member, Tait Memorial Trust; London, UK — 2008-14
Fundraising events, progress meetings and consultation to benefit London-based musical charity

Customer Experience, Barbican Centre; London, UK — 2007-14
Backstage & corporate event assistance, sales, ushering, patron information & guidance

Subscriptions and Donations, L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal; Montreal, Canada — 2006-07
Call centre outreach to existing, past and projected OSM and GBCM patrons; selling customised season packages and soliciting community donations in the wake of the 5-month OSM musicians’ strike of 2005

Founding Artistic Director, Pazzia Collective; Canada, Australia, UK — 2005-12 
Creative direction of experimental initiative combining chamber music with Live Art to deliver 25 unique projects for festival performances and tours on three continents

  • Festival partnerships: Cluster New Music & Integrated Arts Festival, Pop Montréal International Music Festival, Festival St-Ambroise Fringe de Montréal, Brighton Fringe Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, V22 Summer Club, Artrage
  • Venue Partnerships: Société des Arts Technologiques de Montréal, Café L’Utopik Montréal, Toronto Australia New Zealand Club, Ace Art Inc Winnipeg, Breadbox Gallery, Latymer Projects, Art Lobby
  • Press Coverage: Winnipeg Free Press, Resonance FM, Australian Times, Indyish, McGill Tribune, Happenings
  • Cross artform collaborations have included guided improvisation by practitioners of interpretative dance, puppetry, contortion, stiltwalking, live sculpture, film, VJ, spoken word

Education

Master in Music (Conducting)
University of Manitoba; Winnipeg, Canada — 2002-2004

Bachelor in Music (Flute Performance)
University of Western Australia; Perth, Australia — 1998-2001
University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, USA — 2000 [International student exchange]


Further training

• Cortona Sessions for New Music (Chris Kim) — Cortona Sessions Faculty & Fellows; Italy 2018, 2019
• Music in the Alps International Music Festival and Master Course (Kenneth Kiesler) — Austria 2018
• International Masterclasses Berlin (Kenneth Kiesler) — Berlin Sinfonietta, English Choir Berlin; Germany 2016
• School for Orchestral Conductors dedicated to Maestro Piero Bellugi (Kenneth Kiesler) — Orchestra Classica di Roma; Italy 2015
• Eötvös Music Foundation Master Course for Conductors and Composers (Peter Eötvös, Jean-Philippe Wurtz, Gregory Vajda) — ThrEnsemble; Hungary 2015
• Ensemble Linea Summer Academy (Jean-Philippe Wurtz) — Ensemble Linea; France 2014
• Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute Advanced Conducting Programme (Alexander Briger, Jeffrey Schindler, Myer Fredman) — Australia 2010
• Symphony Australia Advanced Conducting Auditor (Christopher Seaman) — Australia 2008
• Canford Summer School Orchestral Conducting (George Hurst, Denise Ham) — UK 2008
• I Maestri Repertoire Workshops — UK 2008-2009
• Symphonic Workshops Repertoire Workshop (Frantisek Vajnar, Otakar Trhlik) — Hradec Kralove Philharmonic Orchestra; Czech Republic 2005
• Conductors Guild Symphonic Workshop Auditor (Kenneth Kiesler, Gustav Meier) — USA 2004
• Canadian Wind Conductors Development Programme (Dale Lonis, Glenn Price, Fraser Linklater) — Winnipeg Winds; Canada 2003, 2004
• Conductors Retreat at Medomak (Kenneth Kiesler) — USA 2004
• World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conducting Symposium (Allan McMurray, Robert Gifford) — South East Missouri State Symphonic Wind Ensemble; USA 2004
• University of Toronto Wind Band Conducting Symposium (Denise Grant) — Canada 2003
• Australian Young Conductors Development and Leadership Programme (Dale Lonis) — Australian Youth Wind Orchestra, National Children’s Wind Orchestra of Australia; Australia 1999, 2000


Recent conferences

• Noongar Language and Culture (Curtin University MOOC 2020)
• Being Human: Keyboard Evolution (Queen Mary University of London 2018)
• The Trampery: Pathways Decelerator (The Trampery 2018)
• The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess: A Symposium (University of Michigan 2018)
• The Future of the Oil Industry: A Knowledge-Share for Campaigners (Bishopsgate Institute 2017)
• Devoted & Disgruntled: Shall We Create a European Union of Artists? (Barbican 2016)
• Compositional Aesthetics and the Political (Goldsmiths 2015)
• Take the money and run? Ethical funding in the arts (ArtsAdmin 2015)
• So you want to get funded? Funding Advisory Programme (Institute of Composing 2014)
• The Limits of Control: Tradition, Experiment and Imagination in Musical Performance (Orpheus Institute 2014)
• Activist Humanities in the World (SOAS 2014)
• INTER/actions: Symposium on Interactive Electronic Music (Bangor University 2014)


Achievements

• Nomination — True Honour Awards [Ruthless Jabiru Silk Moth]; Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (2020)
• Nomination — Best Production [Gothic Opera Der Vampyr], Off West End Awards (2019)
• Grant — Career Development Grant; Australia Council for the Arts (2019)
• Grant — Creative Climate Leadership in Action; Julie’s Bicycle/PiNA (2018)
• Fellowship — Cortona Sessions for New Music (2018-2019)
• Grant — Transmission Fund; Help Musicians UK (2017)
• Bursary — Creative Climate Leadership; Julie’s Bicycle/PiNA (2017)
• Bursary — Eötvös Music Foundation (2015)
• Nomination — Qantas Australian Woman of the Year in the UK (2014)
• Grant — New Work; Australia Council for the Arts (2012)
• Presentation to HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (2011)
• Bursaries — Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Canadian Wind Conductors Development Programme, University of Toronto Summer School (2003-2010)
• Project support — Tait Memorial Trust (2010-2012), Australia Council Young and Emerging Artist Initiative (2006), IdeasTap (2012)
• Musicianship awards — University of Western Australia (1998-2001), Australian Winds (1999)


Referees

Kenneth Kiesler — Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting, University of Michigan; Ann Arbor
Otto Tausk — Music Director, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; Vancouver
Cat Hope — Head of School, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University; Melbourne
Alison Tickell — Founder and CEO, Julie’s Bicycle; London
Chris Kim — Director of Orchestras and Associate Professor, Cornell University; Ithaca
Dale Lonis — Creator and Founder, Music Mentors International; New York
Susanna Eastburn — Chief Executive, Sound and Music; London
John Davis — General Manager, Australian Music Centre; Sydney
Raymond Holden — Sir John Barbirolli Chair, Royal Academy of Music; London
Dick Porter — Chairman, Australian Business; London
Rae Howell — Director, Sunwrae; Melbourne

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