Jules Buckley appointed by Metropole Orchestra
He will take over the role from US conductor, composer and arranger Vince Mendoza for the 2013-14 season.
Jules has previously worked on a number of projects with the Metropole as principal guest conductor including an Europe-wide tour with Tori Amos and collaboration with house duo Basement Jaxx.
Jules said: ‘I was thrilled to be invited to become the chief conductor of the Metropole Orchestra and look forward to building on the successes that we have had together across the past few years.
‘As one of the world’s leading non-classical orchestras, the stage is set for Metropole to continue to work with established artists, while we seek out new and contemporary artists who have the ambition to hear their work performed on an orchestral scale.’
Marc Altink, managing director of the Metropole Orchestra, added: ‘Jules is an energetic young conductor who knows exactly what the Metropole Orchestra needs.
‘With him as our chief we will further develop our artistic profile and move towards the forefront of renewal of audiences in pop music and jazz. We are all very excited about his appointment.’
Jules co-founded the Heritage Orchestra in 2004 and has worked with a huge range of bands and musicians including Massive Attack, Arctic Monkeys, John Cale and Emeli Sandé.