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Since his work on Morrissey's no.1 solo album Viva Hate, John Metcalfe has become one of the UK's top arrangers working for artists such as Simple Minds, Bat For Lashes, Blur and Catatonia. He provided all the strings for the Concert for Linda at the Albert Hall, working with George Michael, Johnny Marr and Tom Jones. After hearing his arrangement of 'Angel in The Morning' for the 'Friends' soundtrack, the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde asked John to arrange some of her most famous songs for the 'Isle of View' album which featured The Duke Quartet.

John Metcalfe was the arranger, MD and co-producer of Peter Gabriel's orchestral albums, 'Scratch My Back' and 'New Blood'. Metcalfe was closely involved in helping Gabriel re-interpret covers of major artists ranging from David Bowie to Paul Simon using only orchestral instruments. Mojo magazine called it "A profound re-imagining made manifest in an orchestral soundworld as rich and thrilling as ever recorded at Air, the studio founded by George Martin". Touring was worldwide visitng renown venues such as Radio City in New York and the Hollywood Bowl.

Most recently Metcalfe has arranged for albums by Bat For Lashes, Brooke Fraser and Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories'.

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John Metcalfe arrangements for Peter Gabriel - Scratch My Back
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