Composer, orchestrator and conductor Jules Buckley is fast making a name for himself as one of Europe's most in-demand conductors of hip contemporary orchestral projects and from the 2013 - 2014 season, will be the Chief Conductor of Holland’s world-renowned Metropole Orchestra. This builds on a five year relationship as Principal Guest Conductor, which has resulted in two nominations for Latin Grammy Awards and a host of collaborations with some of the world’s leading contemporary artists. The Media Release, as well as a biography and discography can be seen using the links on the right.
Ever the musical agitator, in 2004 Buckley co-founded the Heritage Orchestra, a flexible chamber ensemble, dedicated to performing new music with a daring approach to crossing and linking musical genres. They made their BBC Proms debut in 2010 with Jamie Cullum and this year performed at the Sydney Opera House with Live_Transmission (a Joy Division Remix project) as part of the Vivid Festival, and subsequently toured across the UK to much acclaim.
Other 2013 highlights include: conducting the first ever BBC Urban Classic Prom with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a myriad of performers from the UK’s vibrant urban music scene (including Laura Mvula, Maverick Sabre, Wretch 32, Jacob Banks, Lady Leshurr and Fazer); his debut with the Hamburg Ballet in collaboration with the NDR Big Band and the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra; an appearance at North Sea Jazz Festival with Metropole Orchestra and rising stars Gregory Porter and Gretchen Parlato; a performance of the widely admired collaboration between Dino Saluzzi and Anja Lechner with the orchestra of NorrlandsOperan as part of Umeå Jazz Festival ; performances with the WDR Rundfunkorchester; WDR Big Band; L'Orchestre Nationale d'ile de France with Patrick Watson and with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in collaboration with Jose James.
Upcoming performances include concerts in Montreal with Patrick Watson’s orchestral project with Orchestre Cinéma L’Amour in November and in Holland with Chilly Gonzales and the Metropole Orchestra in December.
Buckley is also in demand as a conductor and orchestrator for recording projects and the most recent releases have been for: Emeli Sandé (Clown), Michael Kiwanuka (Home Again Live with The Metropole Orchestra), Jonathan Jeremiah (Gold Dust), Jose James (No Beginning No End), Tori Amos (Flavor) and Dutch chanteuse Caro Emerald (Tangled Up).
15, 16 and 17 November
Patrick Watson with Orchestre Cinéma L’Amour in Montreal
21 and 22 November
Metropole Orchestra with Chilly Gonzales