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Hilversum, Netherlands (1945 – present)

The Metropole Orkest (a.k.a. The Metropole Orchestra) (1945 - Present), is based in Hilversum and is the world’s largest professional pop and jazz orchestra. It is currently conducted by Jules Buckley

The Metropole Orkest was founded at the request of the Dutch government by the light music composer and conductor Dolf Van Der Linden, who led the orchestra from 1945 to 1980. Renowned for its wide-ranging abilities, the orchestra performs everything from chansons to World-music, film-scores, Rock- or Pop-tunes as well as high-octane jazz .

The orchestra is a regular feature at the North Sea Jazz festival and the yearly Holland Festival along with countless 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.

Since 1945 the Metropole has been under the baton of many Chiefs, including four-time Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza, and can be seen frequenting the concert stage, in festivals and on recordings in the Netherlands as well as internationally.

Artists they have worked with include: Basement Jaxx, Within Temptation, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Barry Hay (singer with Golden Earring), Elvis Costello, Moke, Ruth Jacott and Paul de Leeuw.

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