John Metcalf is a leading Welsh/Canadian composer whose work, represented by a growing catalogue of recordings, has received wide exposure internationally. His creative output includes seven operas, two to commission from Welsh National Opera, the most recent being his highly acclaimed opera to the iconic text of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood. They have received productions in Canada, Sweden and the USA as well as the UK.
2022 highlights include the premiere at St. David’s Hall, Cardiff of an extended setting of the single word Hallelujah for 8 part choir, the first performance of a new solo piano work Metaphysical Studies and the recording by the Solem Quartet of his String Quartet Towards Silence which references the extinction of species.
2022 also sees the return to live concerts, following the pandemic, of the Vale of Glamorgan Festival – the celebration of living composers – of which he is the founding Artistic Director
John Metcalf is an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University, St. David’s College Lampeter, and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. His music was played as Her Majesty the Queen signed the Act bringing into being the Welsh Assembly in 1999. He was awarded an MBE for services to music in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List.