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John Metcalf

John Metcalf is a leading Welsh/Canadian composer who has composed major works in many musical forms. While his cultural roots are in the heart of Wales, his work has a broad international following and is represented in a substantial catalogue of recordings.

In 2009 he received one of four inaugural Creative Wales Ambassador Awards from the Arts Council of Wales. The awards recognise artists' achievements, their standing in the arts in Wales and their capacity to push the boundaries of their art inherently as form and as a point of contact with contemporary Wales.

This award led to the composition of his seventh opera based on Dylan Thomas' UNDER MILK WOOD, an international co-commission from the Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea, Le Chien Qui Chante, Montreal and Companion Star, New York. The opera was premiered to great critical and audience acclaim in April 2014. The production toured Wales and was showcased in New York following its premiere at the Taliesin. Further details at :

2016 highlights included a performance of his monumental Cello Symphony by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with soloist Alice Neary and concerts by Ensemble Midvest from Denmark which included several of his chamber works. Ensemble Cymru with guest artist Elisa Netzer (harp) toured his Septet in May and a second recording of the same work was released towards the end of the year by Harp & Co (CD 5050-39) with the Belgian harpist Rachel Talitman, on a CD titled 'In the Light of Ravel' featuring pieces for the same instrumentation as the famous Introduction and Allegro. A new Sextet for Piano and Winds - in the form of four palindromes -commissioned by the Fishguard Festival was premiered in July by pianist Peter Donohoe and London Winds.

In Her Majesty the Queen's 2012 New Years Honours List John was awarded an MBE for services to music.