Jonny Greenwood was one of 15 composers who appeared at David Arnold’s recent ‘Concert for CARE’ event in London’s Royal Albert Hall on 18 October. The concert was a fund-raising gala concert for CARE International, a leading aid organisation fighting global poverty and delivering emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters. Arnold is passionate about his work with CARE and devotes a huge amount of time raising awareness and funds for the charity. He assembled the first Concert for CARE at the O2 Academy Brixton in November 2009, and invited many of the biggest names in music and comedy to appear, including Gary Barlow, Kaiser Chiefs, Damien Rice, Simon le Bon, David Walliams, and Rob Brydon.
The 2010 event included extracts from Greenwood’s award-winning score to There Will Be Blood, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Robert Ziegler. Other composers present included Michael Nyman, Dario Marianelli, George Fenton, Harry Gregson-Williams, Craig Armstrong, Rachel Portman, Patrick Doyle and Anne Dudley. Also appearing were comedians Jimmy Carr, Ed Byrne and Matt Lucas, and singers Paloma Faith, Imogen Heap, Jil Aigrot and Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs.
Greenwood was also present in London's Queen Elizabeth Hall for a recent performance of his smear for two ondes martenots and ensemble. The performance was part of the BBC Concert Orchestra's Electronica festival, hosted by Jarvis Cocker, with the BBC CO conducted by Charles Hazlewood. The concert is broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 19 November at 7pm.
Meanwhile, the film version of Haruko Murakami’s novel Norwegian Wood, for which Greenwood wrote the score, debuts in Japanese cinemas this month following festival premieres in Venice and Toronto. A soundtrack album will be released at the same time. Greenwood’s score includes extracts from his most recent orchestral work Doghouse, premiered by the BBC Concert Orchestra earlier this year, and which receives its US premiere in May 2011 as part of the Wordless Music Series in New York.