Elbow have been chosen to record the BBC's soundtrack for the London 2012 Olympic Games, it has been announced.
The Salford five-piece who in 2008 won the Mercury Music Prize for their album The Seldom Seen Kid, have been nominated three times, including this year for the album Build a Rocket Boys!, and are one of the most popular groups in the country right now.
The band, who released their fifth album earlier this year, have written and recorded a six-minute long track that will be used for BBC's coverage of the events next year.
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 track will follow in the footsteps of previous Olympic them
es including the Monkey theme by former Blur front man Damon Albarn's group Gorillaz for Beijing 2008.
Speaking to BBC News, Elbow frontman Guy Garvey described recording the track as "a real responsibility" and revealed: "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 BBC's Director of London 2012 Roger Mosey said Elbow
's piece had yet to be recorded. The first section of the song would be aired around the time of the beginning of the torch relay in May 2012, with the full track unveiled nearer to the Olympic Games opening ceremony later that year.
He continued by adding: "It should be just-about the most heard piece of music in 2012.”
Meanwhile, the band, who began playing together in 1990, have revealed that they are already working on their next album, though a planned release date is still unknown.