Radiohead lead guitarist Jonny Greenwood debuted a classical musical composition at BBC Proms, which took place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on September 11. Horror vacui featured violinist Daniel Pioro as the soloist, accompanied by 68 string players from the Proms Youth Ensemble and conductor Hugh Brunt of the London Contemporary Orchestra. The programming was curated by Greenwood, which started with Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber’s Passacaglia in G minor, followed by his own “Three Miniatures from Water” and “88 (No. 1),” before closing out Prom 70 with his new 27-minute work.
Jonny Greenwood premiering his deliciously evil-sounding Horror Vacui at late-night #Proms (conductor rousing unnerving sounds out of orchestra like he was possessed), alongside stunning pieces by Penderecki and Reich. Loved seats behind stage. WOULD RECOGNISE THAT HAIR ANYWHERE. pic.twitter.com/ZRliMbspNn
— Michael MacLennan (@m_maclennan) September 11, 2019