The Metropole Orkest
When you think of an orchestra, you think classical music. That’s not the Metropole Orkest. Playing jazz, pop, world, cabaret, film scores and folk, the Metropole Orkest have shared the stage with legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Brian Eno, Pat Metheny, Stan Getz, Bono and Steve Vai. The Metropole Orkest invest just as much in playing with the next generation of stars, like Antony and the Johnsons, Snarky Puppy, Laura Mvula and Gregory Porter.
The Metropole Orkest is a regular guest on The Netherlands’ main stages such as the Amsterdam Paradiso and has played both the Barbican and the Royal Albert Hall in London. The Orkest also play many festivals including North Sea Jazz, Holland Festival, Pinkpop, Lowlands and the 3FM awards, BBC Proms and Musikfest Bremen to name but a few.
The Metropole Orkest has produced more than 150 albums and thousands of radio and television broadcasts, requiring over 600 arrangements per year in every imaginable style. Despite this musical versatility, people all over the world can recognise inimitable sound, style and identity of the Metropole Orkest.
As the world’s leading pop and jazz orchestra, the Metropole Orkest is always looking to experiment and to be part of spectacular performances including events such as concerts in highway tunnels with Junkie XL or participation in the world’s first crowd funded opera videogame!
The Metropole Orkest moves audiences. That is, after all, the real purpose of music.
It’s 1945. The Dutch Government and Royal Family take an important decision from their exile in London. They decide that the Netherlands needs an orchestra to bring pleasure and hope to the Dutch people.
Musicians are gathered from around Europe to create a modern orchestra with a fresh new sound. This is the start of the Metropole Orkest. Over the next decades, the Metropole Orkest, funded by the Dutch Broadcasting Corporation, developed a reputation as a full symphony orchestra with an integrated big band. In recent times, the Metropole Orkest has taken more responsibility for its own funding and moves forward as a dynamic and independent organisation.