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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 May, 2004, 12:04 GMT 13:04 UK
Radiohead star composes for BBC
Jonny Greenwood
Greenwood is expected to retain the position for three years
Radiohead's guitarist Jonny Greenwood has joined the BBC as its composer in residence, which will include writing new work for Radio 3.

The role - previously held by the Art of Noise's Anne Dudley - will allow him to use the BBC's musical resources, including the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Greenwood is expected to be in the role for the next three years.

His manager Bryce Edge said the appointment would allow him to "learn how an orchestra works".

"He will have access to the resources, the archives, the scores, and most importantly the BBC Concert Orchestra," he told BBC News Online.

"He will be able to workshop things he has written with the full orchestra. And it is an incredibly flexible arrangement," he said.

'Amazing orchestra'

Mr Edge said Greenwood is committed to writing a single piece for the BBC, but there was no time limit for this.

"It could take him two years or six months, and it can be as short or as long as he wants," he said.

Greenwood would continue to be a member of Radiohead and his BBC work would be fitted around the band's recording and touring.

Mr Edge said Greenwood was very excited at his new role.

"He's going to learn orchestra skills that he would never, ever get, and access to a really amazing orchestra.

"Roger Wright, the head of Radio 3, has a passion for new music," said Mr Edge, adding he believed Greenwood would write more pieces for the station.

Greenwood is a classically trained viola player but has not been trained in classical composition.

"He's someone with a lot of talent but he'll have a lot to learn," Mr Edge said.

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