Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood to debut new music at 2019 BBC Proms

68 acoustic string instruments will imitate electronic sounds

Jonny Greenwood will premiere a new piece at the 2019 BBC Proms, titled ‘Horror vacui’.

The Radiohead guitarist’s performance on September 10 at London’s Royal Albert Hall will feature 68 acoustic string instruments simulating electronic sound.

Biber’s ‘Passacaglia’ for solo violin, Steve Reich’s ‘Pulse’, the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble, and more will be included as part of the Greenwood-curated ‘Late Night Prom’ event.


In related news, Greenwood’s acclaimed score for the 2007 movie There Will Be Blood received its first ever release on vinyl in January with additional unreleased songs.

Jonny Greenwood

The music, which was nominated for a Grammy award in 2008, was the first of a series of collaborations between Greenwood and Director Paul Thomas Anderson. The Radiohead musician went on to produce music for Anderson’s The Master (2012), Inherent Vice (2014) and Phantom Thread (2017).

Elsewhere, Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien told NME yesterday (April 16) that the band met up in January to look ahead at their next move “We’ve got some stuff, possibly, that we were talking about,” when it comes to music, O’Brien said.

Radiohead’s last album was 2017’s ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’.


Since then some of the band members have been working on other solo endeavours. O’Brien is set to release his debut solo record this October, while frontman Thom Yorke recently premiered a brand new song, ‘Gawpers’ in a series of special live shows with Minimalist Dream House.