Updated: Friday, 29th May 2020 @ 6:20am

Elbow to record BBC Olympic theme

Elbow to record BBC Olympic theme

By Mancunian Matters staff

Manchester's Mercury Prize winners Elbow are to record the BBC's soundtrack for the London 2012 Olympic Games, it has been announced.

The band, who grew up and formed in Bury, have composed a six-minute specially-commissioned track.

Lead singer Guy Garvey said they were "knocked out" to be asked to record the track.

He said: "We are knocked out to be involved and it's been quite a challenge.

"We have feelings of real responsibility as we will be the soundtrack to so many images of personal sacrifice and endeavour while the nation roots for and celebrates with Team GB."

The Elbow theme will be used by the BBC across its Olympic content. Further details of the track itself have yet to be released.

The five-piece have been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize three times, including this year for the album Build a Rocket Boys!

In 2009, they won two Ivor Novello awards for songs One Day Like This and Grounds for Divorce. That year they also played two ground-breaking concerts with Manchester's Hallé Orchestra.