Jong Metropole ("Young Metropole") is a unique collaboration between the National Youth Orchestras of the Netherlands (NJON), the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of the Netherlands (NJJO) and the Metropole Orkest (MO). Jong Metropole consists of the best musicians from the Dutch conservatoires. Young talented music students from both the classical and jazz worlds meet in this unique orchestra that brings both worlds together. Jong Metropole was established in 2015.
Unique Metropole formation
Jong Metropole forms a bridge between the conservatoires and professional practice and is seen as an important addition to the resume of music students in the Netherlands. Jong Metropole is unique: there is no comparable orchestra project for students in the Netherlands in this specific artistic field and at this level.
Since 2015, Jong Metropole has developed into a successful orchestra. The number of applicants for the auditions is high, the conservatoires support the programme and the public is very enthusiastic. Jong Metropole has proven itself with sold-out gigs during the NJO Muziekzomer ("Music Summer") festival, full quays at the open-air concerts during the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam and well-visited concerts at other locations, such as the Zuiderparktheater in The Hague.
Two tours at special venues
Students from the Dutch conservatoires take part in Jong Metropole for a year and play two tours. The Summer Tour normally takes place at the end of July / beginning of August at beautiful (outdoor) locations, including the former broadcast station at Radio Kootwijk in the Veluwe and on the Amsterdam canals during the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam. The Autumn Tour travels along (pop) music venues in major Dutch cities.
Jong Metropole at Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, 11 August 2019 (photo Ronald Knapp)