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.

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


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 Wong, 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 31, 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 compositionEdit

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
Mellophone Timpani Euphonium

Chief conductorsEdit

Honorary conductorsEdit

Permanent guest conductorEdit


Selected discographyEdit

Year Album Peak positions Certifications


1998 The Latin Side
2001 Live Met Het Metropole Orkest
  • Credited to: Acda en De Munnik met het Metropole Orkest
  • Released: July 2001
  • Record label: Sony Music Local
2004 MetroPaul: Live In Het Concertgebouw
  • Credited to: Paul de Leeuw and The Metropole Orkest
  • Released: May 1, 2004
  • Record label: Universal Music B.V.
2006 My Flame Burns Blue
  • Credited to: Elvis Costello with The Metropole Orkest
  • Released: February 28, 2006
  • Record label: Deutsche Grammophon
2006 The Look Of Love: Burt Bacharach Songbook 27 1 NVPI: 2× Platinum[18]
2007 Sound Theories
2007 Who'll Speak for Love: Burt Bacharach Songbook II
  • Credited to: Trijntje Oosterhuis & Metropole Orchestra
  • Released: December 8, 2007
  • Record label: EMI
2 NVPI: 2× Platinum[19]
2008 The Big Band Theory
  • Credited to: Barry Hay Metropole Big Band
  • Released: September 8, 2008
  • Record label: Blue Note
2008 Black Symphony
  • Credited to: Within Temptation & The Metropole Orkest
  • Recorded live on February 7, 2008
  • Released: September 22, 2008
  • Record label: Roadrunner, GUN Records
36 16 24 32 77 17 3 25
2009 Ivan Lins & The Metropole Orchestra
  • Credited to: Ivan Lins with The Metropole Orkest
  • Released: August 2009
  • Record label: Discmedi
Winner of 10th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in category of Best Brazilian Album.
2009 Tears Go By
  • Credited to: Anita Meyer with Metropole Orkest
  • Released: October 23, 2009
  • Record label: T2 Entertainment
2009 In Een Ander Licht
  • Credited to: Stef Bos En Het Metropole Orkest O.L.V. Jules Buckley
  • Released: November 8, 2009
  • Record label: Niemandsland
2010 Crush
2010 54 In the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, nominated for Grammy nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, and Best Instrumental Arrangement went to Vince Mendoza for arranging "Carlos", a track in this album.
2010 Alive Till I'm Dead BPI: Gold
2010 Moke + Metropole Orkest
  • Credited to: Moke + Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley
  • Released: October 24, 2010
  • Record label: Pias Holland
2010 A Tribute To Billie Holiday
  • Credited to: Ruth Jacott en het Metropole Orkest
  • Released: November 16, 2010
  • Record label: V&V Content
2011 Basement Jaxx vs Metropole Orkest
  • Credited to: Basement Jaxx & The Metropole Orkest
  • Released: July 11, 2011
  • Record label: Atlantic Jaxx Recordings Ltd.
2011 Live with The Metropole Orchestra
  • Credited to: Alain Clark with The Metropole Orkest
  • Released: December 12, 2011
  • Record label: 8ball Music
2012 The Wine of Silence 98
2012 Better Get Hit In Your Soul: A Tribute To the Music of Charles Mingus
2012 Gold Dust 49 42 84 12 45
2013 Sweet Soul Music
  • Credited to: Edsilia Rombley with The Metropole Orkest
  • Released: April 12, 2013
  • Record label: D.E.M.P.
2013 Lean on Me
  • Credited to: Sabrina Starke
  • Musicians: Vince Mendoza with The Metrople Orchestra
  • Released: May 2, 2013
  • Record label: 8ball Music
2013 Perfect Vision – The Esquivel Sound
  • Credited to: The Metropole Orkest
  • Recorded: 2012
  • Released: June 10, 2013
  • Record label: Basta Audio-Visuals
Nominated for Edison Award for World Music.
2013 Amsterdam Meets New Tango
  • Credited to: Pablo Ziegler and The Metropole Orkest
  • Recorded: April 18, 2009
  • Released: June 11, 2013
  • Record label: Zoho Music
2014 Live In Holland
  • Credited to: Asha Bhosle and Metropole Orchestra
  • Recorded: May 9, 2013
  • Released: April 11, 2014
  • Record label: Amstel
2014 At Abbey Road Studios
  • Credited to: Laura Mvula with Metropole Orkest
  • Released: June 2014 (digital download)
  • Released: August 2014 (CD, Vinyl)
  • Record label: RCA
184 155 26 Nominated for BBC Sound of 2013.
Also in 2013 Brit Awards, nominated for Critics' Choice Award.
2015 Karmaflow: The Rock Opera Videogame – The Original Soundtrack
  • Credited to: The Metropole Orkest
  • Released: April 30, 2015 (CD, digital download)
  • Record Label: BaseCamp Games
2015 Sylva
  • Credited to: Snarky Puppy & The Metropole Orkest
  • Recorded: April 19–20, 2014
  • Released: May 26, 2015 (CD)
  • Record Label: Impulse!
118 161 131 20 In the 58th Annual Grammy Awards of 2016, this album won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.
2015 Clear Day
  • Credited to: Emilie-Claire Barlow with The Metropole Orkest
  • Released: October 23, 2015 (CD)
  • Record Label: Empress Music Group
In Juno Awards of 2016, this album won the Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.
2016 Compleet,Volmaakt, Het Einde[21]
  • Credited to: Gordon, The Metropole Orkest
  • Released: November 2016 (CD, digital download)
  • Record Label: Berk Music
104 8
2017 MO x Caro Emerald By Grandmono 52
2018 The Monk: Live at Bimhuis[22]
2018 Scripted Orkestra[23]
  • Credited to: Henrik Schwarz & Metropole Orkest
  • Released: May 25, 2018 (CD, LP)
  • Record Label: 7k!
Nominated for Best Classical Album in 2019 A2IM Libera Awards.[24]
2018 If You Really Want
  • Credited to: Raul Midón with The Metropole Orkest
  • Recorded: 30 June – 4 July 2014
  • Released: September 14, 2018 (CD)
  • Record Label: Artistry Music
Nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album in the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.[25]
2018 What Heat
  • Credited to: Bokanté + The Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley
  • Recorded :January 6–8, 2018
  • Released: September 28, 2018 (CD, digital download, LP)
  • Record Label: Real World
Nominated for Best World Music Album in the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.[26][27]
2018 Djesse Vol. 1[28] Track of "All Night Long" won the Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals in the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.[29][30]
2019 Melkweg


Year Award Production
2009 10th Annual Latin Grammy Awards Best MPB Album: Ivan Lins & The Metropole Orchestra, with Ivan Lins
2016 58th Annual Grammy Awards Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Sylva with Snarky Puppy
2020 62nd Annual Grammy Awards Best arrangement, instruments and vocals: "All night long" with Jacob Collier and Take 6

In the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards of 2011, 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. They all also featured in "All Night Long" by Jacob Collier which won an award for the "Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals" at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.


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