Radio Rewrite: a new commission by Steve Reich

London, GB

We've done it!

With your help we have reached our goal of £3,000. A tremendous thank you to everyone who has helped make new music happen.

However, this is the last day of our campaign and your help is more important than ever. Any extra funds that we raise would help support the running costs of the concert itself as well as the commission as a whole.

This is your chance to put your name to a piece of music history.

In return for your gift, we’d love to say thank you with a selection of exclusive Radio Rewrite rewards, including the opportunity to purchase a ticket to the sold-out world première performance at London Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday 5 March 2013 and meet the composer himself.

In September 2011, Steve Reich watched Jonny Greenwood perform Electric Counterpoint in Poland.  Keen to learn more about Greenwood’s own music, he investigated the music of Radiohead, and with it has discovered a compositional stimulus which is ‘something different, something new’.

True to form, at the age of 76, Steve Reich continues to write music which is youthful, inventive and still as relevant today as his first works from the 60s. Radio Rewrite, inspired by the music of Radiohead, is the latest work from Steve Reich, and his first composition for larger ensemble in some years. It will receive its world première performance on Tuesday 5 March at London’s Southbank Centre, followed by a series of performances across the UK and Europe.

Hailed as ‘our greatest living composer’ by the New York Times, Steve Reich is a musician whose influence stretches far and wide.

Taking inspiration from a wide range of cultural and musical influences including jazz, music from Bali and India, experimentalism, politics, cultural affairs and contemporary art, Steve Reich developed a musical voice which has had unprecedented musical effect. Groups and artists including The Velvet Underground, The Orb, Brian Eno, and Aphex Twin have all been influenced by Reich, and in turn Radiohead guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwood cites Aphex Twin as an influence. It seems fitting then, that Steve has now turned to the music of Radiohead to inspire his latest work, Radio Rewrite.

Image Credits:
Steve Reich photos © Jeffrey Herman and Wonge Bergmann
London Sinfonietta, Ondes Martenot and Where Bluebirds Fly © Justin Piperger

LIVE Facebook chat with Brad Lubman, conductor of 'Radio Rewrite'
Posted: Friday, 08 February, 2013 - 11:02

Join us on Facebook at 1.30pm today for the opportunity to ask conductor Brad Lubman questions about his upcoming performance in Steve Reich's 'Radio Rewrite'. Brad will be conducting the work in London, Birmingham, Brighton and Glasgow and will be responding to any questions you may have about what it is like to work with Steve Reich and about 'Radio Rewrite' itself.

Head to at 1.30pm to take part!

Southbank Show Documentary Part 6
Posted: Friday, 01 February, 2013 - 17:02

Here is the final part of the Southbank Show Documentary focusing on Steve Reich. Enjoy!

Southbank Show Documentary Part 5
Posted: Friday, 01 February, 2013 - 17:02

In Part 5 of the Southbank Show Documentary on Steve Reich, his poignant piece "Different Trains" is explored:

Southbank Show Documentary Part 4
Posted: Friday, 01 February, 2013 - 17:02

"When you get to the top of the marimba, where do you go?" - Steve Reich. Check out the fourth installment of the excellent Southbank Show Documentary on Reich to find out:

Southbank Show Documentary Part 3
Posted: Friday, 01 February, 2013 - 17:02

Here is Part 3 of the Southbank Show Documentary on Steve Reich. In this installment, Reich discusses his compositions "Drumming" and "Four Organs":

Alex Ross - Steve Reich
Posted: Friday, 18 January, 2013 - 13:01

"Reich’s influence is vast. On some days, as familiar shimmering patterns echo on the soundtracks of commercials and from the loudspeakers of dance clubs, it seems as though we are living in a world scored by Reich." - Alex Ross

Read Alex's brilliant article on Steve Reich here:

Reich on Reich
Posted: Friday, 18 January, 2013 - 12:01

In this interview, Steve Reich discusses what he considers to be the most important works of his career to date. A fascinating insight into a truly remarkable composer:

Jonny Greenwood performs Electric Counterpoint
Posted: Friday, 18 January, 2013 - 12:01

Witness the moment Steve Reich saw Jonny Greenwood perform Electric Counterpoint in Krakow, prompting Reich to meet Greenwood, discover more about Radiohead's music and ultimately compose his new work, Radio Rewrite:

Southbank Show Documentary Part 2
Posted: Friday, 18 January, 2013 - 12:01

Here's the second installment of the Southbank Show Documentary charting the illustrious career of minimalist master Steve Reich:

Southbank Show Documentary Part 1
Posted: Wednesday, 16 January, 2013 - 12:01

“At the age of 14… a musically inclined friend played me the Rite of Spring, and the whole world changed colour… it was like some huge door opening up." - Steve Reich. 

Take a look at the first part of the Southbank Show documentary charting the career of minimalist master Steve Reich, featuring insightful interview and concert footage

Users details

London Sinfonietta
Days to go
GBP £3,332
111% raised of our GBP £3,000 goal
This project ended on Wednesday, Feb 27th - 09:00

This project's deadline has now expired - you can no longer back these rewards

You cannot back this project, funding is now complete.


You have made new music happen!

£10.00 or more : You will receive a big thank you shout-out from the London Sinfonietta on Twitter and Facebook; we will also send you a digital certificate of thanks.


Your own piece of musical history

£25.00 or more : As above plus receive an exclusive scanned copy of the first page of the score; we will also list your name in the programme of the world première performance at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 5 March 2013, and send you a copy on request.


Photo Opportunity

£50.00 or more : As above plus we will send you a signed photo of Steve Reich at the performance day rehearsal.


Join us on the night

£100.00 or more : As above plus an exclusive opportunity to buy a pair of tickets for the otherwise SOLD OUT world première performance of Radio Rewrite at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday 5 March 2013. (Tickets available from £12 - £35)


A very special thank you

£500.00 or more : As above plus a personalised thank you card to you from Steve Reich.


Meet the composer!

£1,000.00 or more : As above plus an invitation to join us at the post-concert reception of the world première and meet composer Steve Reich (concert ticket purchase required).