Seen and Heard International

“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.”

Tempo: a Quarterly Review of New Music

“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.”

i care if you listen

“Lovelady kept the collective ensemble tight, and the five-strong double bass section came into its own. The literally vibrant experience of being so close to massed bass instruments will stay with me for a long time … [an] imaginative, powerful programme.”

planet hugill

“Driving, repetitive rhythms were pushed hard, with a strong sense of urgency imparted by director Kelly Lovelady. There was something relentless and unaccommodating about this performance … as if the audience were uninvited guests at a private ritual.”

Limelight Magazine

“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.”

Musical Pointers

“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.”

Seen and Heard International

“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.”

Australian Stage

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

The Australian Times

“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.”

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