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John Metcalfe

Born: 1964

Nationality: Australian

Publisher: Novello & Co

John Metcalfe is a British-based composer and violist, and a former member of the band the Durutti Column.

John Metcalfe’s unique style is a result of his extensive experience in classical, pop and electronica. Early musical influences include opera (his father is a singer), the post-punk group Joy Division, and the avant-garde electronic band Kraftwerk.


As violist in the renowned Duke Quartet, Metcalfe has toured worldwide, made numerous CDs and worked with a huge range of world-leading artists from pop, dance, film, tv and theatre; all highly acclaimed by audiences and press. In addition he is one of the major curators at Kings Place with outstanding sell-out events throughout 2010. 'Beyond the Loop' featured some of the most influential and innovative classical and electronic artists from the last 30 years such as Plaid, The Duke Quartet and the Durutti Column. The event concluded with the astounding Bays/Heritge Orchestra collaboration featuring live composing from Metcalfe himself and Tony-award-winner Simon Hale.


Metcalfe has collaborated with and arranged for some of the world's leading artists, including: Blur, The Corrs, The Pretenders, Morrissey, George Michael, Tom Jones, Peter Gabriel, The Cranberries, Peter Doherty and John Cale.
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