Composer, orchestrator and conductor Jules Buckley has made a name for himself as one of Europe's most in-demand conductors of hip contemporary orchestral projects.
Recently appointed as the Chief Conductor of Holland’s renowned Metropole Orchestra and the Musical Director of the UK’s Heritage Orchestra since 2004, his daring approach to crossing and linking musical genres has brought him widespread acclaim. Here is a selection of his work in 2014:
Following their critically acclaimed Australian debut with Live_Transmission: Joy Division Reworked and Music from Blade Runner at the Vivid Festival at the Sydney Opera House in 2013, in June the Heritage Orchestra are giving the world premiere of Moroder Reworked - an epic electro-orchestral tribute to the 'godfather of EDM', which brings Giorgio Moroder from the club to the Concert Hall in a specially commissioned performance.
'Moroder Reworked' will traverse a lifetime of heaving dance hits – from Donna Summer's disco domination and the euphoric non-stop mix in From Here to Eternity to the gangster-defining Scarface theme and the Academy Award-winning score for Midnight Express.
Buckley makes his debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonisch conducting world class trumpet player Eric Vloeimans, who the New York Times has compared to Miles Davis and the Philadelphia Inquirer considers as one of the best in the world.
Back in the UK, and appearing as part of James Lavelle’s Meltdown at the Southbank Centre, Heritage Orchestra will join drum and bass icon and contemporary/graffiti artist, Goldie, in an expanded and reworked orchestral version of Timeless (SineTempore). Goldie’s seminal album will be performed live by Goldie and the Heritage Orchestra with a band, choir, electronics, and guest vocalists conducted by Jules Buckley.
In August, Buckley will bring the Metropole Orchestra to London to appear at the BBC Proms for the first time. Metropole Orchestra will perform with Laura Mvula; the concert includes the premiere of Jules' orchestral remix of her album Sing to The Moon.
Sunday 1 June
Moroder Reworked concert
Sydney Opera House, Vivid Live Festival
Thursday 5 June
Eric Vloeimans and Rotterdam Philharmonisch conducted by Jules Buckley
Rotterdam / De Doelen / Grote zaal
Saturday 21 June
Goldie & Heritage Orchestra: Timeless (Sine Tempore)
Royal Festival Hall, part of James Lavelle’s Meltdown