Cat Hope

Professor Cat Hope PhD

Head of School, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, monash university

55 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton VIC 3800, Australia

cat.hope@monash.edu


My name is Cat Hope and I am an artist and scholar working in Australia. I have known Kelly Lovelady for over 7 years and been aware of her work during that time.

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 4 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.

It has become clear to me over the years that Kelly and I share a vision around activism and music. This is realized in a drive to mobilise the humanitarian powers of music by way of composition, performance, fundraising for and curation of programs. I am thrilled to have observed Kelly’s vision for developing, producing, and conducting performances that leave audiences motivated and excited for positive change.

I see in Kelly a similar passion for the pursuit of a visceral audience experience through expressive programming that I seek in my own creative output. She is committed to both intensity and diversity in her repertoire choices as a conductor and working to redefine and experiment with programme forms within the orchestral sector. That she continues to run a freelance orchestra in London is a remarkable achievement only possible through true and effective leadership and enthusiasm.

In demonstrating a can-do attitude to overcome the challenges that are typically navigated by an orchestral administration team, Kelly has excelled in shaping creative responses to the challenges of funding, partnership development, artistic programming, logistics and promotions.

Alongside her dedication to New music and composer advocacy Kelly has also demonstrated excellence conducting the historical repertoire over the years through a portfolio of Guest Conductor engagements and elite professional development opportunities.

It is my professional pleasure to endorse Kelly Lovelady for all and any forthcoming opportunities. I look forward to our next opportunity to work together, and encourage you to contact me if you need further information.

Recent Posts

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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