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“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 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.

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 2016-17 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 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.

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.

Recent Posts

Kelly Lovelady, conductor

Originally posted at Meet the Artist:

Who or what inspired you to take up conducting and pursue a career in music?
Conducting felt inevitable for me as a teenager: a natural evolution despite my oblivion at the time to everything it would eventually entail! The realisation was unceremonious- not really a dream or desire but a moment of clarity. I was lucky to find my two conducting teachers in the years that followed and both continue to mentor me almost 18 years on.

Who or what have been the most important influences on your musical life and career?
I think my tastes and philosophies are largely the result of producing my own work. When you find yourself responsible for every detail you start to reconsider the possibilities. If your self and sanity are malnourished by the freelance world you create your own opportunities to fill the…

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