Wild Colonial Band

Originally posted at ABC Arts :

There’s a new orchestral force in London, and it’s made up of Australians in exile. ABC Limelight magazine’s Gavin Dixon meets the intrepid young female conductor behind Ruthless Jabiru.

Running an all-Australian chamber orchestra in London is a complex operation, but there’s one problem artistic director Kelly Lovelady does not need to worry about – finding enough players. “When I call people, most have already heard about the project on the grapevine,” Kelly says, “they are really interested to hear more.”

It’s no secret that Australia is particularly well represented among London’s residents, and many hold senior positions in British orchestras and opera companies. But it is not often they perform together. Lovelady is out to change that with Ruthless Jabiru, a project…

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