Jonny Greenwood gets a new job...

RADIOHEAD‘s JONNY GREENWOOD has been hired by the BBC as its’ new composer in residence.

The guitarist will be paid to produce modern classical pieces for the BBC Concert Orchestra, despite never being formally trained in classical music.

Most of Greenwood’s new work is expected to be broadcast on Radio 3, though it is understood he will also write for BBC festivals, the Proms and possibly theme tunes.

Radio 3 station controller Roger Wright, played a key role in persuading Greenwood to take the job and said: “The great joy about this deal is that Jonny is not a classical composer. He has a great talent and we want to give him the opportunity to simply be creative.”

He told The Sunday Times: “We want him to try things out with brass and strings, to experiment. Anything goes and we are all enormously excited.”

Greenwood recently gained critical acclaim – including a nomination in this year’s Ivor Novello Awards – for his avant-garde film score ‘Bodysong’.

The guitarist said that he was looking forward to his new appointment , saying: “The key thing for me is beginning a close relationship with an orchestra. Orchestras are very magical things.”

Greenwood has replaced Anne Dudley – a classical performer.