John Metcalf was born in Swansea, Wales in 1946. A joint UK/Canadian citizen, he is one of the foremost composers working in Wales today. His composing career has already embraced a large variety of work including six operas, two to commission from Welsh National Opera. He is currently working on a seventh opera based on Dylan Thomas' UNDER MILK WOOD.
Since the early 1990's a definitive series of orchestral and chamber works have helped to enhance his reputation nationally and internationally. These include PARADISE HAUNTS, DANCES FROM FORGOTTEN PLACES and MAPPING WALES and CELLO SYMPHONY for Raphael Wallfisch.
Performances in many countries marked John's 60th birthday year in 2006 including the BBC commission of IN TIME OF DAFFODILS. In 2007 he wrote LLWYBRAU CAN (Paths of Song) for the Sacconi Quartet while 2008 highlights included the remounting of A CHAIR IN LOVE for performances at the Buxton Festival.
He is presently Artistic Director of the award-winning Vale of Glamorgan Festival.
His music is recorded on the Lorelt, Sain, Cyfoes and Nimbus labels. Signum Classics have recently released two discs - orchestral works performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and a follow-up disc of chamber music.