Government of Western Australia to host Ruthless Jabiru in concert

The Government of Western Australia’s European Office will host a concert performance by Ruthless Jabiru at Australia House, London, on 9 May 2013.

“There is a significant number of West Australian musicians living and working in the UK,” said the Agent-General for Western Australia, Kevin Skipworth. “London is a magnet for musical talent, so our musicians are operating in a very competitive market. I am always amazed at their passion and willingness to put in the hard yards to break into the industry. Having an all-Australian chamber orchestra in the UK is a fantastic initiative.”

Ruthless Jabiru’s Artistic Director, Kelly Lovelady, spoke of bringing together the UK’s Australian musicians. “There’s an extraordinary amount of artistry and expertise amassed, and with so much common ground between us, it’s a great foundation for an ensemble.

“The Australian High Commission has been so supportive of the orchestra’s development. It will be a real honour to have the chance to present this event in partnership with the Government of Western Australia, my home state.”

Ruthless Jabiru will perform works for string orchestra by Australian and American composers: Brett Dean Carlo, John Adams Shaker Loops, and the world premiere of the orchestra’s first commission, by Australian composer and producer Leah Kardos. Ticketing information is available at this link.

Kelly Lovelady awarded New Work grant from Australia Council

Ruthless Jabiru is pleased to announce that its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Kelly Lovelady, has been awarded a New Work grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. The funding will support a major commission from the orchestra’s Patron, composer Peter Sculthorpe, which will be premiered by Ruthless Jabiru in London in late 2013. The Australia Council is the arts funding and advisory body of the Australian Government.

Ruthless Jabiru partners with Westpac

We are pleased to announce that Westpac, Australia’s longest established bank, is to be an Official Partner of Ruthless Jabiru from September 2012.

“It’s fantastic to have such a strong national identity as Westpac join forces with the orchestra,” said Ruthless Jabiru’s Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Kelly Lovelady. “Westpac is a household name for so many Australians, and it’s really encouraging that the bank’s passion for leadership and achievement also extends to an advocacy of the creative industries.”

Mark McGran, Expatriate Relationship Manager with Westpac London, said: “We are very pleased to be supporting Ruthless Jabiru as an all-Australian chamber orchestra.

“We’ve a proud history of not only assisting UK Migrants with their move to Australia and New Zealand, but also providing support for Australians who have based themselves here in the UK. We share a lot of common goals with Ruthless Jabiru, and look forward to connecting and inspiring the Expat community here in London.”

As Australia’s first bank, Westpac is Australia’s oldest company and one of the most reputable financial institutions. Established in 1817 as the Bank of New South Wales, Westpac has had a presence in London since February 1853, making it the longest-serving foreign bank in the United Kingdom.

The Westpac London branch focus is on providing banking support for Expatriate Australians to ensure that their banking is well looked after whilst they are based away from home. For almost 160 years, Westpac has been providing banking solutions for UK migrants who are moving their lives to Australia or New Zealand, assisting in making the move as simple and easy as possible.