The BBC Symphony Orchestra has appointed young, British conductor Jules Buckley as its new Creative Artist in Association

He will join the current BBC SO’s conducting team of Sakari Oramo (Chief Conductor), Dalia Stasevska (Principal Guest Conductor), Semyon Bychkov (Günter Wand Conducting Chair) and Sir Andrew Davis (Conductor Laureate) creating a truly broad ranging roster of conducting talent.

First working with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 2012 for an Urban Classic concert at a sold-out Barbican Hall, Buckley has since continued to reach and thrill brand new audiences for the BBC through subsequent concerts with the BBC SO and annual appearances at the BBC Proms. A Grammy Award winner with two No.1 albums, Buckley is one of the most in demand orchestrators today and has a list of artistic collaborators queuing up to work with him. Straddling musical genres from classical to pop, soul and urban music, Buckley is a unique talent in the 21st century’s increasingly diverse musical landscape.

The initial three year tenure will see Buckley lead the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a range of innovative projects. His first concert with the orchestra in the role takes place at the Barbican on Friday 28 Feb 2020 featuring vocal sensation Lianne La Havas. La Havas’ first two albums ‘Is your Love Big Enough’ and ‘Blood’ have catapulted her into the public’s consciousness and she has since been nominated for Grammy, Brit, MOBO, Mercury and Ivor Novello Awards.

Jules Buckley, Creative Artist in Association designate of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, says: “It’s a huge honour for me to join the prestigious BBC Symphony Orchestra, having worked with them for Urban Classic, it feels amazing to come full circle and take on the role of Creative Artist in Association, I hope to continue to innovate and challenge the stereotypes of what orchestral music should be.”

Paul Hughes, Director of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, says: “In 2012 the BBCSO and Jules first worked together on an Urban Classic celebration of pop culture in an orchestral context. His ability to bring together these two worlds produced something so thrilling and distinctive that we knew this was a very special relationship. Jules has the respect and affection of the BBCSO and the wider BBC, and I am tremendously excited to see the new directions he will take the orchestra in and the new audiences we will meet.”

Buckley has built a reputation as a pioneering genre alchemist, known for stretching the boundaries of various musical genres by adapting them in an orchestral context. Over the past nine years, he has presented a number of the BBC’s most ground breaking Proms, with highlights including the ‘Ibiza Prom’, the ‘Quincy Jones Proms’, ‘The Songs of Scott Walker’ and last year’s ‘New York: Sound of a City’. This year he presents his 15th and 16th Proms. The first, Mississippi Goddam: A Homage to Nina Simone, took a fresh and bold look at the music of Nina Simone, and the second, The Breaks, explores the culture-defining music that inspired the world of scratch DJs, hip hop and breakdancing since the 1970s.


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