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John Metcalfe


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John Metcalfe is a British composer, arranger and violist, a member of the Duke Quartet and a former member of 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 was an operatic tenor), the post-punk group Joy Division, and the avant-garde electronic band Kraftwerk. As a violist he co-founded the Duke Quartet which quickly developed a reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting ensembles. Metcalfe’s string arrangements played by the Dukes feature on many albums by pop artists including Morrissey, Simple Minds, The Pretenders, Catatonia and Blur. More recent arrangements include Bat For Lashes and an extensive collaboration with Peter Gabriel resulting in two albums, “Scratch My Back” and “New Blood”, the latter of which he co-produced with Gabriel. He was Gabriel’s music director for all the live shows including appearances at New York’s Radio City and the Hollywood Bowl.

Metcalfe joined Vini Reilly in the Durutti Column in the mid-eighties. During this period, he also studied music at the Royal Northern College and the Hochschule in Berlin and was instrumental in the formation of the record label Factory Classical, an offshoot of Tony Wilson’s Factory Records. He released an album of his own, The Inner Line, to positive reviews. In 2004, another album, Scorching Bay, was released.

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  • clerkofsound

    I really enjoyed "Sun". A rare opportunity to to step out of the routine and travel to another place

    11 Jun 8:42pm Reply
  • pablofreire

    sorry for this, i'm not desperate, but i want this album a lot

    26 May 2013 Reply
  • pablofreire

    PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME!!! I need the inner line and I can't find it anywhere. If you have it on digital format please contact me S:

    26 May 2013 Reply
  • Lynnda_

    I am searching for the composition "Centre" from the album KITE. Anyone can help me?

    31 Jan 2013 Reply
  • bruno_fly

    A Darker Sunset is great!!!

    28 Aug 2010 Reply
  • kiiabby

    Went to see The Bays/ Heritage Orchestra on a whim the other night and John & co played a set beforehand... very glad I stumbled upon this musician!

    22 Nov 2008 Reply
  • adrcc2

    I just listened to 'A Darker Sunset' ...great discovery!

    24 Aug 2008 Reply
  • ph1ltr

    Exquisite Music! So pleased I've discovered this excellent musician!

    6 Aug 2007 Reply

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