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Pre-order Celebrating Jon Lord here

August 16, 2014

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Pre-order your copies of Celebrating Jon Lord – live at Royal Albert Hall, April 4 2014. It comes in five different editions. Full details here.

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Offer: Jon Lord Photo Book with Celebration Concert

September 23, 2014

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Sarabande score now available

September 17, 2014

Sarabande score front 800The revised Concert Edition score for Jon Lord’s Sarabande suite is now available from de Haske Publishing.

Working from Jon’s rearranged scores from 2010, when the Sarabande suite was first performed live at a concert in Budapest, conductor Paul Mann has updated and revised the entire score and included all available information to create the most final edition possible.

Jon Lord revisited Sarabande late in life and performed a new arrangement of it at a world premier in Budapest, Hungary in 2010. Read our full report from that concert.

Read Paul Mann’s new introductory note to Sarabande.

Order the Sarabande score from de Haske Publishing.

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Celebrating Jon Lord box set unboxed

September 1, 2014

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This is the Celebrating Jon Lord box set unboxed. It includes:

  • Blu-ray
  • 1CD Digi – The Composer
  • 2CD Digi – The Rock Legend
  • 7″ Vinyl: You Keep on Moving / Soldier Of Fortune
  • 7″ Vinyl: Deep Purple Above and Beyond / Fantasia
  • Exclusive T-Shirt
  • Two-sided reproduction of an excerpt of Jon Lord’s original, handwritten music score for “Sarabande” – signed by Paul Mann
  • 20 page reproduction of original show program

Pre-order now:
2CD The Rock Legend: http://smarturl.it/cjl_rocker_cd
CD The Composer: http://smarturl.it/cjl_composer_cd
DVD: http://smarturl.it/CJL_2DVD
Blu-ray: http://smarturl.it/CJL_BR
Box-Set: http://smarturl.it/CJL_Box

Full track list and details

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DVD pre-view: Imagination and flair and sensitivity

August 20, 2014

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Last night, conductor Paul Mann sat down to watch a pre-release copy of the full film from Celebrating Jon Lord last April at Royal Albert Hall. That’s Paul’s disc in the photo.

‘While I was supposed to be signing things yesterday, I took four hours off to watch advance copies of the two concert films and the documentary. The director, Tim Sidwell, and his production company Toward Infinity has done a truly magnificent job, full of the kind of imagination and flair and sensitivity that Jon would have absolutely loved.

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Reduced price: Concerto vinyl 2LP

August 16, 2014

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SOLD OUT!

You can now get Concerto for Group and Orchestra, Jon Lord’s final recording, on deluxe 2LP vinyl at a specially reduced price at our webshop.

Containing the full Concerto spread across three sides – everything is there from the antagonistic 1st movement over the gloriously beautiful 2nd movement and into the 3rd explosive finale. The fourth side is exclusively given to Jon’s final BBC interview, 22 minutes in total.

The album features Joe Bonamassa, Bruce Dickinson, Steve Morse, Steve Balsamo, Guy Pratt, Kasia Laska and more. Offer only while stocks last.

Find out more – or order your 2LP vinyl copy.

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– Three good scores in one day

August 8, 2014
Deep Purple celebrating Jon Lord at Royal Albert Hall. Photo: Ariadne Moraes

Deep Purple celebrating Jon Lord at Royal Albert Hall. Photo: Ariadne Moraes

deutschland_flag_25In this third and final part of our exclusive interview with conductor Paul Mann, he looks back at the rockier second half of Celebrating Jon Lord at Royal Albert Hall last April.

Paul was instrumental in helping The Sunflower Jam create this unique musical evening – a successful celebration of Jon Lord and his life of music.

Paul Mann discusses the concert’s second half as well as the aftermath and the emotions that ran through the Royal Albert Hall during the concert.

Paul Weller opened the evening’s second half with two Artwoods tracks. Photo: Moth Clark

by Rasmus Heide

The film and live album of Celebrating Jon Lord has been announced for September 2014.

The film and live album of Celebrating Jon Lord has been announced for September 2014.

As we move into the second half of the concert, the orchestra wasn’t involved in the Artwoods segment with Paul Weller singing. His involvement puzzled a few people. What was his connection to Jon?

- I think that Jon and Paul Weller were friendly, met occasionally and were mutual admirers, but I don’t think there’s necessarily any reason why we should have been restricted in our choice of performers only to people who were especially close to, or associated with Jon – especially when you have the chance to have someone like Paul Weller to do those songs.

- When we decided to include Artwoods material, he seemed the perfect choice, and besides which, I’ve always been a huge Jam and Weller fan.

Jon with Paul Well, Robert Plant and Ian Paice at the Sunflower Jam 2006

Paul Well, Jon Lord, Robert Plant and Ian Paice at the Sunflower Jam 2006

How were these two particular Artwoods tracks chosen?

- I think Paul Weller must have chosen them himself, in conjunction with Wix.

The Paice Ashton Lord pieces were a great surprise. How did you choose those two tracks?

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– To my friends pictured within

July 14, 2014

deutschland_flag_25In part 2 of our exclusive interview with conductor Paul Mann, he looks back at Celebrating Jon Lord, the concert event staged at London’s Royal Albert Hall on April 4 this year.

Paul offers insight into his experiences in helping The Sunflower Jam create the unique musical evening that was a successful celebration of Jon Lord and a life time of his music. This is part 2 of 3.

Celebrating Jon Lord at Royal Albert Hall, April 4 2014. Photo: Ariadne Moraes

Celebrating Jon Lord at Royal Albert Hall, April 4 2014. Photo: Ariadne Moraes

The first half of the concert consisted mainly of orchestral or semi-orchestral pieces by Jon. Some of the highlights were three sections from Sarabande as well as Pictured Within and Afterwards.

Read a detailed run through of the first half including details on the pieces and parts that had never been performed live before.

by Rasmus Heide

The film and live album of Celebrating Jon Lord has been announced for September 2014.

The film and live album of Celebrating Jon Lord has been announced for September 2014.

Having seen Jon perform with several different orchestras over the years, I can only say I’d rarely heard his music performed as well as it was at Celebrating Jon Lord – even allowing for Jon’s absence.

- Well, that’s lovely to hear of course! I would say straight off that it was clear from the first couple of minutes of rehearsal that the Orion Orchestra had their hearts in exactly the right place for this. I was afraid they might have thought they were just there to play lots of long string chords behind a rock band. But there was none of that – they grasped very quickly the true scope of what they were being asked to do.

- It’s a tall order for an orchestra to be so many things at once: playing rhythmically intricate symphonic music such as the Durham Concerto, providing hard-edged backing for rock songs, as well as subtle and lyrical accompaniments. It was all in there, from one extreme to the other, which is of course a tribute to Jon’s unique scope as a composer, but also to this young orchestra’s ability to encompass so many things in such a short time.

- One of the things I did in the preparation for this concert, having made the new editions, was to set about re-studying them as if they were by just another composer, someone I didn’t know. I wanted to keep my approach to the music fresh – you know those wonderful T.S. Eliot lines, “to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

Paul Mann with Orion Orchestra opening the concert to celebrate Jon Lord. Photo: Nigel Hopkins

Paul Mann with Orion Orchestra opening the concert to celebrate Jon Lord. Photo: Nigel Hopkins

Let’s look at the setlist and start with Fantasia from Sarabande and the excellent decision of opening with this.

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