Radiohead’s Thom Yorke has performed his first ever broadcast of his debut classical composition, ‘Don’t Fear The Light’.

Yorke premiered his new three-section work, made for two pianos, electronics and one modular synthesizer, as part of BBC Radio 3’s new show Unclassified which is to be hosted by Elizabeth Alker on Sunday April 28th.

“Katia and Marielle suggested for a few years that I write some music for them,” Yorke told Unclassified. “Usually I would laugh and explain that I couldn’t read music, but in truth I was intrigued by the idea.

He added: “I realised writing for score or on a sequencer and modular gear are really not so far apart but the best part for me was watching the basics of what I’d written being brought to life by the sisters and their interpretation, making the notes theirs.”

Programme Schedule
David Chalmin: Particule no 5 – Particule no 6 – (feat Thom Yorke vocals)
Bryce Dessner: Haven
Thom Yorke: Don’t Fear the Light
Thom Yorke: Gawpers
Thom Yorke: Suspirium
David Chalmin: Distant Places
Thom Yorke (vocals, electronics and modular synthesiser)
Katia & Marielle Labeque (piano)
Bryce Dessner (guitar)
David Chalmin (guitar)

You can listen here, after the performance was uploaded to the official BBC website.

Yorke was recently invited by The National’s Bryce Dessner to perform some of the material live as part of his “Minimalist Dream House” tour which stopped off in Paris, London, Lyon and Hamburg.

Alongside the introduction of Yorke on stage, Dressner’s tour also includes performances with Caroline Shaw, Timo Andres, David Lang, David Chalmin, and pianists Katia and Marielle Labeque.

Yorke stepped on stage alongside piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque and performed ‘Don’t Fear the Light’ as well as ‘Suspirium’ which is taken from his first ever film score for Suspiria.

However, the Radiohead frontman also surprised fans with a rendition of the previously unheard song ‘Gawpers’ and some of those fans shot the footage. 

Check it out below:


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