Working together under the name Robortom, they will release ‘Paganini Rocks’, which is based on Niccolò Paganini‘s ’24th Caprice’.
“My dad and sister were always tinkling the ivories at Chateau da Bank when I was a kid so I’m well versed in a lot of classical big hitters,” Rob da Bank said. “Its nerve wracking to meddle with such a timeless melody but I think we’ve done a respectable job and the girls from Au Revoir Simone make my hair stand on end every time!”
The piece of music has already been reworked by a range of classical composers in the past such as Chopin, Liszt, Schumann and Rachmaninoff, but Tom Middleton thinks Paganini would have liked their version.
“It’s a fascinating story to re-evaluate a classical piece that’s nearly 200 years old,” he said. “I’ve tested the track on many different audiences from RockCorps to Creamfields and the response is unanimous, instant anthem. If Paganini where alive today and you played these versions to him he would definitely be rocking.”
‘Paganini Rocks’ will be released digitally and on CD from December 6.