About

“Delicate, dedicated modernism… As ever with this orchestra the
performance standards were impressively high, especially given the
technical demands of the music.”    The Arts Desk

Ruthless Jabiru is a London chamber orchestra dedicated to New music and humanitarian stories. The ensemble is made up entirely of professional Australian musicians based in the UK and conducted by its founding Artistic Director Kelly Lovelady. Programmes are devised around existing and commissioned repertoire by today’s composers with a view to promoting sustainability and ethical dialogue. The ensemble is held under the official patronage of composer Brett Dean.

Recent projects have included a tribute to the damaged landscape of Maralinga alongside the Australia exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, an homage to poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal at the inaugural Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts, and a co-production with the Art Not Oil Coalition for Joy & Dissent festival of cultural Activism calling for London’s cultural organisations to aspire to an oil-free cultural sector.

“A clear statement of intent… Musical standards are high,
and the enthusiasm of all the musicians onstage was abundantly clear.
The orchestra has a clear musical identity, and its future looks
very bright indeed.”     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 Mighty Bright, providing eco-friendly LED lighting for professional musicians. The orchestra has received project support from The Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Partnerships Australia, the Australian Cultural Fund, Tait Memorial Trust and Australian Business. Ruthless Jabiru is committed to becoming an international leader in Ethical Sponsorship within the creative sector, with opportunities now available to join the ensemble for its 2018 projects.

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).

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

Australians perform regularly within 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.

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.

Advertisements

Recent Posts

Ruthless Jabiru, King’s College London / Arditti Quartet, Wigmore Hall review – delicate, dedicated modernism

Originally posted at The Arts Desk :

Template 258x173.jpg

Compelling refugee-themed concert from Australian ensemble and radical new sounds from avant-garde veterans

by

★★★★✩

Ruthless Jabiru is an all-Australian chamber orchestra based in London. It is the brainchild of conductor Kelly Lovelady, who in recent years has geared the ensemble towards political and environmental concerns. Previous projects have highlighted environmental damage in central Australia and the campaign to end sponsorship by oil companies in the arts sector. For Saturday’s concert, Lovelady and her colleagues turned their attentions to the humanitarian crisis of refugees setting out for Australia by sea.
Continue reading

  1. Ruthless Jabiru – music in solidarity Leave a reply
  2. The Growing Edge: Ruthless Jabiru to examine asylum policy Leave a reply
  3. The Drowners Leave a reply
  4. Everyone was a bird Leave a reply
  5. Ruthless Jabiru to examine asylum policy Leave a reply
  6. ocean. Leave a reply
  7. We the pacific Leave a reply
  8. CCL Slovenia: Meet The Participants Leave a reply
  9. Cat Hope “Pure” Leave a reply