THE EXPAT FACTOR | Kelly Lovelady – A Ruthless Conductor

Originally posted at The Australian Times:

My stint in the UK began in 2007. I was being forced out of Canada for the second time for visa reasons, having lived between Montreal and Winnipeg for almost 5 years studying conducting. It was all very unexpected, I’d really begun to think Canada was a place I could build my musical career, and I just wasn’t mentally prepared to leave. It was devastating, I was a mess.

I had to think fast, so I decided on a whim to go to Edinburgh. I’d recently had some great fringe theatre experiences in Adelaide, so I decided to seek out what I knew best, and at that stage it was fringe. I’d never been to Edinburgh, and didn’t know a single person living there. I rang everyone I knew with Scottish connections, and managed to…

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