Conductor Jules Buckley named BBC Symphony Orchestra's new creative artist in association

Conductor Jules Buckley named BBC Symphony Orchestra's new creative artist in association

The BBC Symphony Orchestra have appointed Jules Buckley as its creative artist in association.

He joins the group's conducting team which currently features of chief conductor Sakari Oramo, principal guest conductor Dalia Stasevska, Günter wand conducting chair Semyon Bychkov and Sir Andrew Davis, its conductor laureate.

Welcoming the new appointment the BC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus director Paul Hughes explained his organisation had fostered a long relationship with the young conductor ahead of this appointment,

“In 2012 the BBCSO and Jules first worked together on an Urban Classic celebration of pop culture in an orchestral context," he explained.

"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's three-year tenure will see him lead the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a range of innovative projects.

“It’s a huge honour for me to join the prestigious BBC Symphony Orchestra," he said. "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.”

His first concert in the new role will take place at the Barbican on February 28 next year and will feature a collaboration with Lianne La Havas.

Last week Buckley was conducted a BBC Prom celebrating the music of Nina Simone

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