Buckley in 2013
|Born||8 January 1980|
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England
|Genres||Folk, pop, jazz, film score|
|Occupation(s)||Arranger, conductor, composer|
|Associated acts||Metropole Orkest, Heritage Orchestra|
Jules Buckley (born 8 January 1980, Aylesbury) is an English conductor, composer and arranger.
Biography and career
Buckley grew up in Buckinghamshire, attending Aylesbury Grammar School from 1992 to 1998 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. 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.
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), grime again and Ibiza (2015). In 2016, he coordinated and conducted a Prom to celebrate the music of Quincy Jones and in 2017 conducted the music of Charles Mingus.
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.
|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||Wake Me 5.30||Two Banks of Four||Sonar Kollectiv|
|2008||Black Symphony (CD)||Within Temptation and Metropole Orkest||Roadrunner Records|
|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||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||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|
- Old Aylesburian News, 18 (2016), p. 18; https://www.webalumnus.com/Uploads/50055/Documents/Summer%202016.pdf.
- Schools Prom: Royal Albert Hall 2>3>4 November 1998 (concert programme), p. 17, https://issuu.com/musicforyouth/docs/programme-1998.
- 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.
- McNulty, Bernadette (11 August 2013). "Proms 2013: Urban Classic, Prom 37, Royal Albert Hall, review". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
- 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.
- "Prom 16, Late Night with... Pete Tong, review: 'crowd-pleasing'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
- Savage, Mark. "Conductor Jules Buckley on Quincy Jones Prom: 'He's a guru'". BBC News. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
- Fordham, John. "Quincy Jones Prom review – heartfelt tribute to a great musician's extraordinary legacy". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
- "Prom 53: Beneath the Underdog: Charles Mingus Revisited". BBC Music Events. 24 August 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2019.