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 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.
|Native name||Metropole Orkest|
|Location||Hilversum, The Netherlands|
|Principal conductor||Jules Buckley|
|Website||Website Metropole Orkest|
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. 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. He gave the orchestra a more international character. Since 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.
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 adaptations to World music and classic Jazz works. Throughout the years the orchestra had some unique partnerships. Some examples are 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.
The government was looking to pull their funding from the famous orchestra and Dutch cultural icon. At the last minute, in December 2012, politicians secured funding for the orchestra until 2017.
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. 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.
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 complement their income. The orchestra objected to the situation as described, reporting it feared that the orchestra would diminish in quality or ultimately be forced to shut down completely.
|- 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|
A broad selection of albums of the Metropole Orkest, most of them in cooperation with several famous artists.
|2006||My Flame Burns Blue
|2006||The Look of Love||—||27||—||—||—||—||1||—|
|2009||Ivan Lins and The Metropole Orkest||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Winner of Latin Grammy in category Best Brazilian Album|
|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
|2012||Perfect Vision - The Esquivel Sound
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|2013||Sweet Soul Music||—||—||—||—||—||—||7||—|
|2013||Amsterdam Meets New Tango||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014||Laura Mvula With Metropole Orkest||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015||Karmaflow: The Rock Opera Videogame
|2016||Compleet,Volmaakt, Het Einde
|2018||The Monk: Live at Bimhuis
|2018||Djesse Vol. 1|
|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 1996, the Metropole Orchestra performed the score of Antonia, a film which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
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