Thom Yorke premieres first classical composition, 'Don't Fear The Light' – listen

Thom Yorke premieres first classical composition, 'Don't Fear The Light' – listen

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is no stranger to the world of composing, having scored 2018's Suspiria remake. Now, however, Yorke has ventured into the world of classical music, premiering his debut classical composition on BBC Radio 3’s new show Unclassified, hosted by Elizabeth Alker.

The composition, titled 'Don't Fear The Light', was recorded at a recent Minimalist Dream House show in Paris, with The National’s Bryce Dessner in a performance devised by sisters Katia and Marielle Labeque.

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

The show also premiered the live recording of Yorke’s new solo track, 'Gawpers'

To listen to Thom Yorke's 'Don't Fear The Light', stream BBC Radio 3's Unclassified here