Ruthless Jabiru, London’s all-Australian chamber orchestra, was established in 2011 by Australian conductor Kelly Lovelady and is held under the official patronage of Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe. The orchestra’s programmes are centred around new and existing repertoire by living composers with a view to promoting humanitarian stories.
Ruthless Jabiru is comprised entirely of professional Australian musicians based in the UK. Australians perform regularly with the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony, Concert, Philharmonic and Scottish Orchestras, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Royal Opera House Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North, The Hallé, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, and the City of London Sinfonia, in addition to many more chamber musicians, freelancers and emerging professionals.
This season Ruthless Jabiru performed a tribute to the damaged landscape of Maralinga alongside the Australia exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, and an homage to poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal at the inaugural Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts.
Ruthless Jabiru was officially launched in 2011 with a performance named by one reviewer as “the most enjoyable concert” of the City of London Festival. The orchestra has been described by national press as “ebullient and well-balanced” (The Times), “adept at moments of calm stillness” (Classical Source), and as having “much promise” (The Sunday Times) and “a very bright future” (Seen and Heard International).
Ruthless Jabiru is in Partnership with Sound and Music, the national agency for new music and sound art in the UK, and supported in part by The Australia Council for the Arts, the arts funding and advisory body of the Australian Government.
Ruthless Jabiru’s founding Artistic Director Kelly Lovelady is an Australian conductor based in the UK and in increasing demand abroad. Kelly has appeared as a guest conductor with ensembles across the UK, US, Canada, Europe and Australia. For the conductor website of Kelly Lovelady click here.