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, and an homage to poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal at the inaugural Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts at King’s College London.

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).

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.

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Artwashing is the greater failure

It is with regret that we have been forced to withdraw our performance Fuel from Tempting Failure 2016 due to a late change in circumstances in the funding of the project. This development was unrelated to our commitment to fossil-free culture through this programme, and has no bearing whatsoever on the heroic originality of the festival nor the strength and support of our Partners.

It is exactly these sorts of disappointments in the unstable financing of the arts sector which tempt us to push the ethics of our process down the agenda, but even in the context of public funding cuts it is crucial for arts organisations to decide independently and openly: what funding are we prepared to accept? What should we refuse? What are we happy for our funding to do in the world?

It is our responsibility as artists to examine the humanity and the democracy of our time, and to mirror in ourselves the truth and justice we seek through our creative work. Thanks to everyone for your interest in this project and in Ruthless Jabiru’s continuing vision.

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