The Metropole Orkest has a track record of working with versatile chief conductors. Beginning with its founder Dolf van der Linden, subsequent holders of this position are Rogier van Otterloo, Dick Bakker and Vince Mendoza. In 2013 the dynamic young British conductor Jules Buckley was appointed as the Metropole Orkest’s newest chief conductor, after having been guest conductor since 2008.
Composer, orchestrator and conductor Jules Buckley is musical pioneer who pushes the boundaries of contemporary genres. In 2004 he co-founded the Heritage Orchestra, a flexible chamber ensemble, dedicated to performing new music with a daring approach to crossing and linking musical genres. As the principal guest conductor of the Metropole Orkest in recent years, Jules has led projects with Gregory Porter, Tori Amos, Markus Stockhausen, Michael Kiwanuka, Jonathan Jeremiah and UK house music duo Basement Jaxx.
Ever the musical agitator, Buckley’s work has led to collaborations, recordings and live projects with the likes of Massive Attack, Arctic Monkeys, John Cale, Emeli Sandé, Cinematic Orchestra, Jamie Cullum, Beardyman and Dizzy Rascal. This year, he has worked with the WDR Big Band, Jose James and the Royal Concertgebouworkest, Patrick Watson and L’Orchestre Nationale d’ile de France, and arranged and conducted Caro Emerald’s number one album “The Shocking Miss Emerald”. Other recent highlights include work with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chilly Gonzales, as well as various performances of the hugely successful Urban Classic project, including a BBC Radio 3 Prom, where he conducted the BBC SO alongside some of the leading lights of the British urban music scene including Laura Mvula, Maverick Sabre, Jacob Banks, Wretch 32, N-Dubz’ Fazer and Lady Leshurr.
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Six time Grammy winning conductor and arranger Vince Mendoza was the chief conductor of the Metropole Orkest between 2005 and 2013, writing for artists as influential as Joni Mitchell, Sting, Mike Stern, Joe Zawinul and The Yellow Jackets. Three of Mendoza’s six Grammy successes were achieved as a result of collaborations between the Metropole Orkest and Ivan Lins (2009), John Scofield (2011) and Al Jarreau (2012). Collaborations between the Metropole Orkest under Mendoza and Trijntje Oosterhuis (2008) and Silje Nergaard (2011) were also nominated for this award.
Vince Mendoza has also led successful Metropole Orkest projects with artists such as Herbie Hancock, The Garcia Lorca Project, Elvis Costello, The Music of Joe Zawinul and Chaka Khan. In 2013 Vince was appointed Honorary Conductor, and will showcase his versatility over several weeks each season.
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