Composer, arranger and conductor Jules Buckley is a musical innovator who continually pushes genre boundaries, having collaborated with such musicians as Emeli Sandé, Massive Attack, Arctic Monkeys, Caro Emerald, The Cinematic Orchestra and Dizzee Rascal. He composes for the most diverse ensembles – ranging from the string quartet to the symphony orchestra and from the big band to theatrical productions.
After completing his studies in London, he co-founded the Heritage Orchestra, a flexible chamber orchestra dedicated to performing new music with a daring approach to crossing and linking musical genres. After a five-year tenure as guest conductor, Buckley was appointed chief conductor of the Metropole Orchestra in 2013. He has recently collaborated with the WDR Big Band, the Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (for his Urban Classic Prom).
Buckley first appeared with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducting the 2013 Queen’s Eve Concert in a programme featuring jazz singer José James and jazz pianist Stefano Bollani as guests. Buckley himself arranged the works performed that evening, as well as those on other RCO concerts.