Jules Buckley

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Jules Buckley
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Buckley in 2013
Background information
Born (1980-01-08) 8 January 1980 (age 39)
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England
GenresFolk, pop, jazz, film score
Occupation(s)Arranger, conductor, composer
Associated actsMetropole Orkest, Heritage Orchestra

Jules Buckley (born 8 January 1980, Aylesbury) is an English conductor, composer and arranger.

Biography and career[edit]

Buckley grew up in Buckinghamshire, attending Aylesbury Grammar School from 1992 to 1998[1] and playing in the Aylesbury Music Centre Dance Band. He is the third son of Dr Keith Buckley, a GP, and Joan Buckley, a nurse.[2] He attended the Guildhall School of Music, where he studied the trumpet. His initial career interest was to become a jazz trumpeter, but he developed an interest in musical arrangements and conducting whilst at Guildhall, and subsequently shifted his academic focus to composition.[3]

In 2004, Buckley and producer/manager Chris Wheeler co-founded the Heritage Orchestra, with the intention of featuring an orchestra in a music club setting. In 2008 Buckley became principal guest conductor of the Metropole Orkest.

In 2013, he became the chief conductor of the Metropole Orkest. With the Heritage Orchestra and the Metropole Orkest, Buckley has appeared at the BBC Proms in concerts of non-classical repertoire in genres including grime, hip hop and reggae (2013),[4] grime again[5] and Ibiza (2015).[6] In 2016, he coordinated and conducted a Prom to celebrate the music of Quincy Jones[7][8] and in 2017 conducted the music of Charles Mingus.[9]

Buckley has worked with the WDR Big Band, Jose James and the Royal Concertgebouworkest, Patrick Watson and the Orchestre Nationale d'Ile de France, and arranged and conducted Caro Emerald's album "The Shocking Miss Emerald". Other collaborations have included projects with Gregory Porter, Tori Amos, Markus Stockhausen, Michael Kiwanuka, Jonathan Jeremiah, Basement Jaxx, Massive Attack, Arctic Monkeys, John Cale, Emeli Sandé, Cinematic Orchestra, Jamie Cullum, Beardyman and Dizzee Rascal.

In February 2016, the Snarky Puppy album Sylva, which featured Buckley and the Metropole Orkest, won a Grammy Award for 'Best Contemporary Instrumental Album' at the 58th annual Grammys in February 2016. At the end of 2016, Buckley celebrated Number 1 album chart success with Classic House, with Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra. Buckley conducted The National Symphony Orchestra with Snarky Puppy at the JF Kennedy Center, Washington DC (USA) on Wednesday 22 February.

In August 2018, Buckley and the Heritage Orchestra returned to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London for a late-night Prom, New York Now, celebrating the changing soundscape of the Big Apple and featuring artists from that city, including Hercules and Love Affair.


Year Production Cooperation Label
2006 The Heritage Orchestra (CD) Heritage Orchestra Brownswood Recordings
2006 Secret Garden Natalie Williams East Side Records
2006 The Beauty Room Kirk Degiorgio Peacefrog
2006 Baby, I'm Yours (Single) Arctic Monkeys Domino Recording Co
2007 If You've Found This it's Probably Too Late Arctic Monkeys Domino Recording Co
2007 Smoke and Mirrors Tom Richards Orchestra Candid Records
2007 Sky Breaks Heritage orchestra Brownswood Recordings
2007 Brianstorm Arctic Monkeys Domino Recording Co
2008 Live at the Albert Hall The Cinematic Orchestra Ninja Tune
2008 Junkyard Gods Two Banks of Four Sonar Kollectiv
2008 Slipway Fires Razorlight Mercury
2008 Wake Me 5.30 Two Banks of Four Sonar Kollectiv
2008 Black Symphony (CD) Within Temptation and Metropole Orkest Roadrunner Records
2009 Blackbud Blackbud Independiente
2009 Heimspiel Die Fantastischen Vier Sony BMG
2009 Utopia – An Acoustic Night at the Theatre Within Temptation Roadrunner
2009 Black Water Transit (movie) Directed by Tony Kaye Capitol Films
2009 Heritage Orchestra Feat. DJ Yoda Prokofiev Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra Heritage Orchestra feat DJ Yoda NonClassical
2010 What's a Guy Gotta Do Jonathan Jeremiah Island
2010 Moke & Metropole Orkest (CD) Moke and Metropole Orkest Pias
2010 Alive 'till I'm Dead (CD) Professor Green Virgin Records
2010 The Answer EP Unkle Surrender All
2010 Where Did the Night Fall Unkle Surrender All
2010 El Encuentro (CD) Dino Saluzzi, Anja Lechner and Metropole Orkest ECM
2011 At Your Inconvenience (CD) Professor Green Virgin
2011 A Solitary Man Jonathan Jeremiah Island
2011 Tangent Trish Clowes Basho
2011 A Little Brighter Pete Lawrie Island
2011 Basement Jaxx vs. Metropole Orkest (CD) Basement Jaxx and Metropole Orkest XL Recordings
2011 Tim Minchin and the Heritage Orchestra – Live at The Royal Albert Hall (DVD) Tim Minchin and Heritage Orchestra Universal Pictures UK
2012 No Beginning No End (CD) Jose James Blue Note
2012 In Motion No.1 (CD) The Cinematic Orchestra Piccadilly Records
2012 Adventures in Your Own Backyard (CD) Patrick Watson Secret City Records
2012 Our Version of Events (CD) Emeli Sandé Virgin
2012 Through the night Ren Harvieu Island
2012 Gold Dust (CD) Jonathan Jeremiah Universal
2012 The Beauty Room II Far Out Recordings
2012 Home Again (CD) Michael Kiwanuka and Metropole Orkest Polydor
2012 Clown Emeli Sandé Virgin
2012 See You on the Ice Carice van Houten EMI
2012 Flavor (CD) Tori Amos Deutsche Grammophon
2012 Gold Dust Tori Amos Deutsche Grammophon
2012 No Beginning No End José James Blue Note Records
2012 Tangled Up Caro Emerald Grandmono
2013 The Shocking Miss Emerald (CD) Caro Emerald Grand Mono
2014 Fireflies (feat. Tom Parker) Richard Rawson Island
2014 Laura Mvula and Metropole Orkest Laura Mvula RCA
2014 Growing up in Public Professor Green Virgin
2015 Sylva (CD) Snarky Puppy and Metropole Orkest Impulse! Records
2015 Clear Day Emilie-Claire Barlow and Metropole Orkest Empress Music Group
2016 Classic House Pete Tong and Heritage Orchestra Universal
2017 Ibiza Classics Pete Tong and Heritage Orchestra Universal


  1. ^ Old Aylesburian News, 18 (2016), p. 18; https://www.webalumnus.com/Uploads/50055/Documents/Summer%202016.pdf.
  2. ^ Schools Prom: Royal Albert Hall 2>3>4 November 1998 (concert programme), p. 17, https://issuu.com/musicforyouth/docs/programme-1998.
  3. ^ Emma Love (29 February 2012). "The lightning conductor: Jules Buckley is the go-to man for acts who want orchestral punch". The Independent. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  4. ^ McNulty, Bernadette (11 August 2013). "Proms 2013: Urban Classic, Prom 37, Royal Albert Hall, review". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  5. ^ Kieran Yates (13 August 2015). "Proms: Late Night with … BBC 1Xtra review – grime/classical clash is a neat fit". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Prom 16, Late Night with... Pete Tong, review: 'crowd-pleasing'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  7. ^ Savage, Mark. "Conductor Jules Buckley on Quincy Jones Prom: 'He's a guru'". BBC News. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  8. ^ Fordham, John. "Quincy Jones Prom review – heartfelt tribute to a great musician's extraordinary legacy". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Prom 53: Beneath the Underdog: Charles Mingus Revisited". BBC Music Events. 24 August 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2019.

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