This September, BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC NOW) will perform a new piece of music written by the Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood at the BBC Proms in a Late Night Prom.
Six members of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales will join the Proms Youth Ensemble, to perform side by side with BBC NOW in this premiere performance.
Greenwood’s Horror vacui, which explores characteristics of electronically created music and transfers them into the acoustic arena, features solo violin performed by Daniel Pioro, a 68 string ensemble and is conducted by Hugh Brunt. Greenwood recently visited Cardiff to workshop ideas for the piece with BBC NOW and the Proms Youth Ensemble.
Mabon Jones, a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales who will perform as part of the Proms Youth ensemble, said “As a Radiohead fan, it’s an honour to play one of his [Greenwood’s] pieces. I’m used to listening to his Radiohead stuff where it’s more guitar based or electronic music but it’s fascinating to hear what he can do with an orchestra.”
Head of Artistic Planning for BBC NOW, Meurig Bowen, said “Daniel Pioro is a brilliant young talent that BBC NOW worked with last season. Daniel has worked closely with Jonny and it was through their friendship that this exciting project came together. As advocates for the development of young musicians, both the BBC Proms and BBC NOW are thrilled that Jonny has written a piece which features the Proms Youth Ensemble. We hope this opportunity can inspire and broaden horizons for these young musicians in Wales and across the UK.”
BBC National Orchestra of Wales performs the premiere at the Late Night Prom on the 10 September. The Prom is also broadcast on BBC Four on the 13 September.