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Durham Concerto onstage in Germany

March 9, 2015

Jon Lord’s Durham Concerto is set for its German premiere on May 19, 2015 in Hagen near Dortmund with the Hagen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Paul Mann.

[Update] The concert will feature Kathryn Tickell on Northumbrian pipes (as on the original recording and at Celebrating Jon Lord at the Royal Albert Hall last April), and will be the world premiere of the updated and revised edition of Durham Concerto as overseen by Paul Mann.

[Update2] Ralph Breitenbach will play the Hammond organ parts. He is a member of DCRS and has played keyboards with Jon at previous concerts in Hagen in 2008 and Essen in 2010.

First performed in 2007 and commissioned by the University of Durham, Durham Concerto is Jon’s aural portrait of an imaginary day spent in Durham in the North of England.

It consists of six segments in three overall movements: durham-concerto_61rzwsjtvyl_sl160_
Part 1: Morning
1 The Cathedral at Dawn
2 Durham Awakes
Part 2: Afternoon
3 The Road from Lindisfarne
4 From Prebends Bridge
Part 3: Evening
5 Rags and Galas
6 Durham Nocturne

This 3 minute collage was filmed at the world premiere in 2007:
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German tribute concert to Jon Lord

May 9, 2014

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On May 23 a new tribute concert to Jon Lord takes the stage in Bergheim, near Cologne, Germany.

Part of the band and orchestra will be keyboard player Martin Doepke, who played with Jon on his Pictured Within Tour in 1999.

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Celebrating Jon – get your T-shirt now

March 18, 2014

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Stylish T-shirts highlight Celebrating Jon Lord at Royal Albert Hall on April 4 – available in black or white. Order yours now.
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New song world premiered in Wales

March 7, 2014
Jon Lord in writing session with Steve Balsamo, February 2010

Jon Lord in writing session with Steve Balsamo, February 2010

Today, Friday March 7 at 3.30pm GMT, singer Steve Balsamo will guest with Wynne Evans on BBC Radio Wales.

The show will play a world exclusive premiere of All Those Years Ago, the unreleased song by Jon and Balsamo, from which Jon Lord’s photo book takes its title, and which will be released together with the book.

On the show, Balsamo will talk about his work with Jon Lord, the upcoming photo book and the concert at Royal Albert Hall celebrating Jon next month.

The song itself is a gentle ballad with Jon on eloquent piano and Balsamo on eminent vocals, recorded in February 2010. Balsamo has confirmed that he will sing the song at Celebrating Jon Lord on April 4.

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Celebrating Jon Lord – tickets

October 20, 2013

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Deep Purple confirmed for “Celebrating Jon Lord”

October 20, 2013

Celeb JL poster

The Sunflower Jam charity has excitedly confirmed that Deep Purple will be performing at Celebrating Jon Lord at the Royal Albert Hall on April 4, 2014.

Following Deep Purple’s hugely successful run of shows at London’s The Roundhouse this month, fans of the band and of Jon, will get another chance to see them perform on one of the most iconic stages in the world, backed up by the 83-piece Orion Orchestra conducted by Paul Mann – just how Jon would have wanted it.

The stylish poster design shown above was created by Jon’s son-in-law Al Cherrington before Deep Purple were added to the bill.

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The Sunflower Jam is a charity founded by Jacky Paice, wife of Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice. The charity passionately supports the research and application of holistic and non-toxic treatments for children and young adults suffering from cancer.



Belgian Concerto performance

September 13, 2013

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On September 29th Jon’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra will be performed in Belgium by a special constellation of symphonic wind orchestra and rock band.

Based on the 1999 version, the Concerto has not been performed in this arrangement live before.

The 70 musician strong production was put together by a cooperation of two organisations, Winkelse Muziekverening and de 7e namiddag.

Conducted by Dimitri Bracke, the individual players are
Hammond organ – Gunter Callewaert
Bass – Bart Parmentier
Guitar – Arne Demedts
Vocals (male) – Miller
Vocals (female) – Céline Houte
Drums – Pieterjan Seynaeve

September 29 – 5 pm – Sint-Eloois-Winkel, Flanders, Belgium.

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More info from Wesley Vandewalle

Concerto for Group and Orchestra in Jon Lord’s final studio recording is still available through Jon Lord’s Webshop.


Free unreleased Jon Lord concert online

September 9, 2013

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The Trondheim Experiment is the title of a free web presentation of an unreleased Jon Lord concert from 2010 now available exclusively through

Lord fingerFilmed at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway on May 23 2010 , the concert includes highlights from Jon Lord’s entire career performed with The Lord Chamber Orchestra, Steve Balsamo and Nathalie Lorichs on vocals, a children’s choir and a backing band featuring members of Opeth.

In front of a sold out cathedral, Jon’s then all-new album To Notice Such Things is performed in its entirety (missing only Air on the Blue String) with soloists Sveinung Lillebjerka on violin and Trine Knutsen on flute. Conductor Torodd Wigum was able to hand pick the musicians for the Lord Chamber Orchestra, and they perform and interpret Jon Lord’s music with skill and finesse.

Child in Time is performed for the first time with a children’s choir, a highlight for many in the audience, with Jon’s lengthy Hammond organ solo and breathtaking vocals by Steve Balsamo.

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