Metropole Orkest

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Metropole Orkest
Jazz orchestra
Native nameMetropole Orkest
Founded1945 (1945)
LocationHilversum, The Netherlands
Principal conductorJules Buckley
WebsiteWebsite Metropole Orkest

The Metropole Orkest (or Metropole Orchestra) is a multiple Grammy winning jazz and pop orchestra based in the Netherlands, and is the largest full-time ensemble of its kind in the world. A hybrid orchestra, it is a combination of jazz big band and symphony orchestra. Comprising 52-97 musicians, it is versatile across many musical forms, and is equipped with a "double rhythm section“ - one for pop and rock, and one for jazz based music.


Eurovision rehearsals, 1970

The Metropole Orkest was founded in 1945 by Dolf van der Linden at the urging of officials from Netherlands Public Broadcasting, which manages and subsidizes the orchestra. Since then, the Metropole has become a symbol of Dutch culture around the world. The name of the group was suggested by one of the musicians. Dolf van der Linden led the ensemble for 35 years until he stepped down in 1980.[1] He was replaced by Rogier van Otterloo, who led the group until his sudden death in 1988. Dick Bakker held the baton until 2005 when Vince Mendoza took over.[2] He gave the orchestra a more international character. In August 2013 Jules Buckley took over the position of chief conductor from Vince Mendoza.

The Metropole Orkest is a regular feature at the North Sea Jazz festival and the yearly Holland Festival along with many TV and radio programs broadcast to millions. The ever-growing Dutch film and television industry relies heavily on the Metropole Orkest for its film scores. From 2005 to 2013 the Metropole was under the baton of four-time Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza and performed frequently on the concert stage, at festivals and on recordings of both Dutch and international artists.[3]

In European Radio broadcasting, its closest counterparts are the BBC Concert Orchestra, and in particular the now defunct BBC Radio Orchestra which had the same instrumentation. The ensembles often performed with the same guest conductors and soloists, using the same bespoke arrangements.

The Metropole Orkest is known for its performances of world music and classic jazz works. It has worked with many prominent artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Al Jarreau, New York Voices, Tori Amos, Bono, Hardwell, Elvis Costello, Within Temptation, Snarky Puppy, Marcus Miller, Todd Rundgren, Jacob Collier, Cory Henry and Basement Jaxx.[4]

The Dutch government was considering withdrawing funding from the famous orchestra and Dutch cultural icon. At the last minute, in December 2012, politicians secured funding for the orchestra until 2017.[5]

Starting January 31st 2017, an online survey was held to select a group for a joint project. 6 months later, Epica was elected from 650 suggestions, winning the most of 60,000 votes.[6] Without revealing the title of the existing Epica song that was to be recorded, a joint studio session was scheduled to take place in Hilversum on December 13, 2017.[7]

In the build-up to a Dutch parliamentary debate on the culture budgets, scheduled for 30 May 2018, the Metropole Orkest announced that by 2018 the subsidy budget cuts in the preceding years had caused a 50% reduction in the amount of work the orchestra could offer its musicians. Many of its musicians were no longer able to make a living from just their work at the orchestra, and faced problems combining the irregular work hours as a musician with part-time jobs needed to supplement their income. The orchestra objected to the situation as described, responding that it feared that the orchestra would diminish in quality or ultimately be forced to shut down completely.[8]

Orchestral composition[edit]

- 1st Violin - Bass - Oboe
- 2nd Violin - Harp - Horn
- Viola - Clarinet - Saxophone
- Cello - Piano - Trumpet
- Double Bass - Synthesizer - Trombone
- Flute - Drums - Percussion
- Guitar - Bassoon - Tuba
- Harpsichord - Sousaphone - Cornet

Chief conductors[edit]



Listed below is a selection of albums by the Metropole Orkest, most of them made in cooperation with famous featured artists.

Year Album Peak positions Certifications


2006 My Flame Burns Blue
  • Credited to: Elvis Costello With The Metropole Orkest
  • Released: 2006
  • Record label: Deutsche Grammophon
2006 The Look of Love 27 1
2007 Sound Theories
2009 Ivan Lins and The Metropole Orkest
  • Credited to: Ivan Lins With The Metropole Orkest
  • Released: August 2009
  • Record label: Discmedi
Winner of Latin Grammy in category Best Brazilian Album
2010 Crush
  • Credited to: Ivan Paduart & The Metropole Orkest
  • Feat. Bob Malach (ten sax) & Fay Claassen (voc.)
  • Released: March 15, 2010, recorded live in Brussels in 2008
  • Record label: Mons Records MR 874495
2010 54
2010 Alive Till I'm Dead
2011 Black Symphony (live album) 36 16 24 32 77 17 3 25
2011 Basement Jaxx vs Metropole Orkest
  • Credited to: Basement Jaxx & The Metropole Orkest
  • Released: 11 July 2011
  • Record label: Atlantic Jaxx Recordings Ltd.
2012 Gold Dust 49 12
2012 Perfect Vision - The Esquivel Sound
  • Credited to: The Metropole Orkest
  • Released: 2012
  • Record label: Basta
Nominated for Edison Award for World Music
2013 Sweet Soul Music 7
2013 Amsterdam Meets New Tango
2014 Laura Mvula With Metropole Orkest
  • Credited to: Laura Mvula with Metropole Orkest
  • Released: June 2014 (digital download)
  • Released: August 2014 (CD, Vinyl)
  • Record label: RCA
2015 Karmaflow: The Rock Opera Videogame
  • Credited to: The Metropole Orkest
  • Released: May 2015 (Cd, digital download)
  • Record Label: Basecamp Productions
2016 Compleet,Volmaakt, Het Einde[17]
  • Credited to: Gordon, The Metropole Orkest
  • Released: November 2016 (CD, digital download)
  • Record Label: Berk Music
2018 The Monk: Live at Bimhuis[18]
  • Credited to Miho Hazama, The Metropole Orkest
  • Released: February 14, 2018 (CD)
  • Record Label: Universal Music Classical
2018 What Heat
2018 Scripted Orkestra[19]
  • Credited to: Henrik Schwarz, The Metropole Orkest
  • Released: May 25, 2018 (CD, LP)
  • Record Label: 7k!
2018 Djesse Vol. 1[20]
  • Credited to: Jacob Collier, The Metropole Orkest, Jules Buckley
  • Released: December 7, 2018 (digital download, streaming)
  • Record Label: Hajanga Records


Year Award Production
2011 (Latin) Grammy Award Best Brazilian Album: Ivan Lins & The Metropole Orchestra, with Ivan Lins
2016 Grammy Award Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Sylva with Snarky Puppy

In 2011, the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement went to Vince Mendoza for arranging Carlos, a track from the album 54 which the Metropole had recorded with John Scofield.

In 1996, the Metropole Orchestra performed the score of Antonia, a film which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.


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  19. ^ Scripted orkestra - Henrik Schwarz - Muziekweb (in Dutch), retrieved 2018-12-25
  20. ^ "Luister nu naar Djesse vol. 1". Metropole Orkest (in Dutch). 2018-12-07. Retrieved 2018-12-25.

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