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Jules Buckley: BBC Proms ’17

Artist:     Jules Buckley

Project:   BBC Proms 2017 , Royal Albert Hall, London

‘The Songs of Scott Walker (1967 – 1970)’, late night Prom, 25th July 2017

Beneath The Underdog: Mingus Revisited, 12th August 2017

Trailblazing, Grammy-award winning conductor, curator and orchestrator Jules Buckley makes his return to BBC Proms this summer, following his phenomenally successful proms with Quincy Jones, Kamasi Washington and Jamie Cullum last year.

Buckley, one of the most in-demand conductors and arrangers of hip contemporary orchestral projects, will head up two proms for the BBC:

Tuesday 25th July, Late Night Prom:   ‘The Songs of Scott Walker (1967 – 1970)’

Jules Buckley conducts the Heritage Orchestra with special guests singer/songwriter, radio presenter and Pulp frontman, Jarvis Cocker; American singer/songwriter, John Grant ; guitarist/vocalist Richard Hawley and vocalist Susanne Sunfør

From 1960s pop icon as frontman of the Walker Brothers, to 21st-century avant-garde musician, Scott Walker has scaled the heights of pop superstardom, produced some of the most revered solo albums of the late sixties, then metamorphosed into something very different. His four hugely acclaimed self-titled albums and other work has influenced artists such as Radiohead, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Goldfrapp.  With music arranged by Jules Buckley, the Prom will be a celebration of Scott Walker’s music from his four self-titled albums, 1967 to 1970 and include works such as ‘Copenhagen’, ‘The Old Man’s Back Again’ and ‘Plastic Palace People’ , performed live for the very first time.

Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 6 Music, and on BBC Four on 28th July.


PROM 15: Royal Albert Hall

Doors 9.45pm

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Thursday 24th August – ‘Beneath The Underdog: Mingus Revisited’

Jules Buckley conducts the Metropole Orkest with guests including vocalist Kandace Springs

American trumpeter Christian Scott, saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings with more surprise

guests to be announced.


A jazz titan, Charles Mingus (1922–79) is one the most important figures in jazz music. A prodigious double bassist, pianist, bandleader and composer, Mingus mixed the classic approach of Duke Ellington with the revolutionary style of American black music through the 1950s to the 1970s. Cutting his own path in a time of fast-moving social and political change in post-war America, Mingus influenced artists from Debbie Harry, Joni Mitchell to Elvis Costello. To celebrate the life and music of this jazz legend, this Prom features Mingus favourites including ‘Better Git It in Your Soul’, ‘Moanin’’ and ‘Goodbye Pork Pie Hat’.

Broadcast on BBC Four on 25th August.

Prom 53:  Royal Albert Hall

Doors 6.30pm

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With a career that continues to reach new heights, heading up two high profile orchestras and having a Number 1 album with ‘Classic House’ this year is no mean feat for Buckley, who has established a reputation amongst some of the most credible names in music, as the ‘go to’ for innovative orchestral projects.

Currently the Chief Conductor of Holland’s renowned Metropole Orkest, with whom he won a Grammy Award for ‘Sylva’, their collaboration with Snarky Puppy, and the Musical Director of the UK’s Heritage Orchestra, whose album ‘Classic House with Pete Tong and Heritage Orchestra co-founder Chris Wheeler, reached number 1 in the UK charts at the start of 2017, Buckley’s pioneering genre alchemy has brought him widespread acclaim.

Jules Buckley said “Returning to the BBC Proms this year is a great feeling.  To present music from the solo albums of Scott Walker is really something that I am excited to help pull together with Scott’s blessing, and present with Heritage Orchestra. So many artists have been deeply inspired by Scott’s work, and continue to be today.  His seminal writing from Scott 1 – 4, having never ever been performed live in their original form, will be given the full Heritage Orchestra treatment.  And to close my Proms stint by celebrating the life and musical times of jazz maverick Charles Mingus, with some of the most accomplished artists around today, is an incredible honour. Here was a man who cut his own path in a time of fast-moving social and political change in post- war America. What better way to celebrate his music than with one of the baddest jazz orchestras on the planet – Metropole Orkest! We can’t wait.”

 In the lead up to the BBC Proms, Buckley will conduct the Britten Sinfonia alongside Chilly Gonzales at the Barbican on 29th April. There will also be further regional dates, performances at Common People and V Festival, plus an arena tour with Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics alongside the Heritage Orchestra and its co-founder Chris Wheeler. Buckley will also re-join Quincy Jones to direct and arrange ‘Quincy Jones and Friends’ on 16th July at Jazz Open Stuttgart, with Quincy Jones, George Benson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jacob Collier, SWR Bigband und Stuttgarter Kammerorchester.


ROYAL ALBERT HALL:Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP   / Box Office 020 7589 8212


Notes to editors:

  • Photo credit Sean Purser
  • About Jules Buckley – In his career, Buckley has earned the respect of an astonishing spectrum of diverse collaborators. From Arctic Monkeys, Basement Jaxx, Laura Marling, Massive Attack, Laura Mvula, Snarky Puppy, John Cale, Anna Calvi, Patrick Watson, Gregory Porter, Tori Amos, Emile Sande, Caro Emerald, Beardyman, Chilly Gonzales, Tim Minchin, Kurt Elling, Markus Stockhausen, Michael Kiwanuka and Professor Green, to some of the most credible artists in the UK grime scene such as Skepta, Wretch 32, Stormzy, Little Simz, Lethal Bizzle and Lady Leshurr. After graduating from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2004, with his artistic producer friend Chris Wheeler, Jules founded The Heritage Orchestra, a 45-60 piece non-classical orchestra that is unique in its use of sound, visuals and electronics. An ensemble that rocks out arenas, messes with other people’s music and keeps orchestral tradition in the cellar. In the summer of 2015, Jules and the Heritage Orchestra blew away a generation of dance music fans with ‘The Ibiza Prom’. It was a night of seminal dance music classics orchestrated by Jules, Chris Wheeler and developed in conjunction with Radio 1’s Pete Tong. The night saw them joined on stage by singers Ella Eyre and John Newman at the Royal Albert Hall, as part of the BBC Proms. After that huge success, Pete, Jules and Chris partnered again for ‘Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics’ with sell out shows in London, Manchester and Birmingham in 2016, plus the number 1 album ‘Classic House’ released by Universal Music. Jules’ history with the Metropole Orkest began in 2008, when he became principal guest conductor, going on to become its chief conductor in 2013 at the age of just 33. With Jules at the helm, the Metropole Orkest led the BBC Radio 1Xtra Prom to considerable acclaim, collaborating with Wretch 32 and an array of the hottest Grime artists. Collaborating with the Metropole Orkest and jazz fusion band Snarky Puppy resulted in Jules winning an award for ‘Best Contemporary Instrumental Album’ at the 58th Annual Grammys in February 2016 for Snarky Puppy’s album ‘Sylva’. Citing Miles Davis and Quincy Jones as his biggest inspirations, Jules collaborated with the living legend as part of the BBC Proms schedule in 2016. Jules took centre stage for three very special Proms concerts at the Royal Albert Hall with Quincy Jones, hip saxophonist Kamasi Washington and the UK’s own jazz master Jamie Cullum.


‘Jules Buckley said he wanted to smash stereotypes, well, he certainly achieved that here’ (**** Telegraph)

‘Heartfelt tribute to a great musician’s extraordinary legacy’ (**** Guardian)

‘An evocative evening covered the breadth of Jones’ oeuvre’ (Financial Times)

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