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Jong Metropole

Jong Metropole (Young Metropole) is a unique collaboration between the Metropole Orkest, the NJO (National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands) and the NJJO (National Jazz Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands) with the aim of preparing young, talented musicians from classical and light music for a professional career. Jong Metropole combines the best of different music worlds: the excellent performance from the classical strings tradition with the swing, improvisation and timing from the jazz tradition. The initiative is in part possible thanks to an annual contribution of €125,000 from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Keep an Eye Foundation.

Jong Metropole consists of various parts: a tour, masterclasses and two Awards. During the Jong Metropole Tour the musicians (60 participants) work in a full-sized ‘Metropole Orkest’ setting or in smaller ensembles on innovative productions and a cross-fertilisation between different musical genres arises. In addition, Jong Metropole offers to participants the opportunity to follow masterclasses and workshops from famous guest soloists and the specialists of the Metropole Orkest. Jong Metropole forms a unique addition to the current education and talent development projects available.

Objectives Jong Metropole

  • To allow a young generation of top musicians (conservatory students from study programmes in classical and light music) to gain practical experience via an exceptional talent development programme.
  • To realise collaboration between classical and light music so that the students learn from each other’s approaches.
  • To create a new network.
  • To allow students to become familiar with all aspects of music practice via hands-on workshops so that they can experience first-hand how a production process works.
  • To allow all three partners to work with arrangers, composers and cultural economics students. The students are encouraged to make contact with each other and to create ideas and projects.
  • To raise a new generation of arrangers, composers and ensemble leaders.
  • To allow a broad public, with specific attention for a new and younger public, to make acquaintance with light music.
  • To provide a springboard for a career, to build up a strong CV, and to provide an opportunity to play in other orchestras.

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