ITV Local interviewed Jon Lord the day before the premier of his Durham Concerto. In the interview he speaks about the Durham Cathedral being the third cathedral he’s played in this year, and it being the icing on the cake.
– This is one heck of a cathedral, he says.
He also talks about shaping the concerto along a day in the life of Durham and about being nervous before a concert.
– If I didn’t feel nervous before every single concert, there would be something wrong. The last 20 minutes before I go on are terrifying. But once I’m onstage, I’m home.
In the reflective interview he also speaks about writing the concerto and how he wanted to include a traditional miner’s lament. However, it didn’t fit harmonically so he wrote his own lament.
– I hope it laments suitably, he smiles.
Speaking about how difficult is it to be taken seriously as a classical composer while being linked with iconic rock bands he relays the story of how Deep Purple became the loudest band in the world by an American sized PA-system not so judiciously.
Thanks to Patrick Turnham.