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Thom Yorke will air his classical composition on BBC Radio 3 this weekend

24 April 2019, 12:26 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Thom Yorke's classical composition Don't Fear the Light will get its first broadcast on BBC Radio 3 this weekend.

Don't Fear the Light is a collaboration with French piano duo Katie and Marielle Labèque, and was originally premiered around Europe during the Minimalist Dream House shows.

Elizabeth Alker will give the classical composition its first play on BBC Radio 3's new Unclassified show this Sunday (28 April).

The recording was made during Yorke's recent show with Bryce Dessner, David Chalmin, and the Labèque sisters at a Minimalist Dream House show in Paris, where he also premiered a new solo track "Gawpers".

According to NME, Yorke told Alker on Unclassified, Yorke said, "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."

He added, "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."

Don't Fear the Light will be premiered on BBC Radio 3 this sunday (28 April) at 11pm. Find out more.
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