31 May 2008
A Darker Sunset and more 
John Metcalfe's long-awaited new album 'A Darker Sunset' will definitely be out later this year on The Big Chill Recordings. In the meantime here's a quick rundown of what John and also The Duke Quartet are up to this Summer.

John is composing a new 10-minute piece for guitarist Tom Kurstens and his G+ ensemble for performance at the South Bank Centre in July.

On 6 June 2008, John will be composing live with Simon Hale, The Bays and members of Norway's Bit20 ensemble in Birmingham's Custard Factory as part of the Integra Festival, a 3-year project led by the Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK and part financed by Culture 2000. Show starts at 7.30.

The Duke Quartet will be in residence at the Dartington Summer School from 9-16 August 2008.

The Dukes will be closing Brighton's Soundwaves Festival performing Bartok String Quartet No 6, Part Fratres, Philip Venables String Quartet and a new work by Rolf Hind. The concert takes place in the Pavilion Theatre on Sunday 29 June 2008 at 7.30pm.

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