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.
|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. 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.
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.
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.
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. 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 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.
|– 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|
Permanent guest conductorEdit
- Miho Hazama 2020 – present
|1998||The Latin Side||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001||Live Met Het Metropole Orkest
|2004||MetroPaul: Live In Het Concertgebouw
|2006||My Flame Burns Blue
|2006||The Look Of Love: Burt Bacharach Songbook||—||27||—||—||—||—||1||—||NVPI: 2× Platinum|
|2007||Who'll Speak for Love: Burt Bacharach Songbook II
||—||—||—||—||—||—||2||—||NVPI: 2× Platinum|
|2008||The Big Band Theory
|2009||Ivan Lins & The Metropole Orchestra
||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Winner of 10th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in category of Best Brazilian Album.|
|2009||Tears Go By
|2009||In Een Ander Licht||—||—||—||—||—||—||24||—|
|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
|2010||A Tribute To Billie Holiday
|2011||Basement Jaxx vs Metropole Orkest
|2011||Live with The Metropole Orchestra
|2012||The Wine of Silence||—||—||—||—||—||—||98||—|
|2012||Better Get Hit In Your Soul: A Tribute To the Music of Charles Mingus||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013||Sweet Soul Music
|2013||Lean on Me
|2013||Perfect Vision – The Esquivel Sound
||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Nominated for Edison Award for World Music.|
|2013||Amsterdam Meets New Tango||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014||Live In Holland||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014||At Abbey Road Studios||—||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
|2015||Sylva||—||118||161||—||131||—||20||—||In the 58th Annual Grammy Awards of 2016, this album won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.|
||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||In Juno Awards of 2016, this album won the Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.|
|2016||Compleet,Volmaakt, Het Einde
|2017||MO x Caro Emerald By Grandmono||52|
|2018||The Monk: Live at Bimhuis||—|
|2018||Scripted Orkestra||—||Nominated for Best Classical Album in 2019 A2IM Libera Awards.|
|2018||If You Really Want||—||Nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album in the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.|
|2018||What Heat||Nominated for Best World Music Album in the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.|
|2018||Djesse Vol. 1||Track of "All Night Long" won the Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals in the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.|
|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 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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