The Metropole Orchestra
Metropole Orkest (founded in 1945)
The Metropole Orkest is the last full hybrid orchestra in the world. Beside the Big Band, the Metropole Orkest has a full symphonic string section, french horn, harp, flutes, oboe and all tuned and rhythm percussion.
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, Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz, Bono and Steve Vai. The Metropole Orkest invests just as much in playing with the next generation of stars, like Antony and the Johnsons, Laura Mvula, Within Temptation, Michael Kiwanuka, Efterklang, Jonathan Jeremiah and Gregory Porter.
The Metropole Orkest is a regular guest on The Netherlands’ main stages such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Amsterdam Paradiso and has played on many international stages. The Metropole Orkest also plays many festivals including North Sea Jazz, Holland Festival, Musikfest Bremen, Pinkpop, Lowlands and the 3FM awards, to name but a few.
The Metropole Orkest has produced over 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 recognize inimitable sound, style and identity of the Metropole Orkest.
Very often called 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 on a stage above highway tunnels with Junkie XL or participation in the world’s first crowd funded opera videogame!
Chief conductor is Jules Buckley, honorary conductor Vince Mendoza.
The Metropole Orkest moves audiences. That is, after all, the real purpose of music!