The Concerto will be performed by a 100 piece symphony orchestra comprising musicians from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, The City of Edinburgh Music School and the Edinburgh Schools Symphony Orchestra, including Stevenson College’s own rock band.
Jon Lord will join on Hammond organ, and this will be the Scottish premier for the Concerto.
– It will not only expose my classical work to the Scottish concert going public but also, and very importantly, provide a platform to expose the talent of Scotland’s finest aspiring musicians, says Jon Lord.
– I have a strong interest in music education and I am delighted to be invited, as composer and performer, to be part of this very significant event.
– I am very pleased to be involved with this exciting project, says Jon Lord.
A great privilege
Jon visited Stevenson College Edinburgh in February to rehearse the rock band and begin the preparation for the event.
– I couldn’t believe my eyes when Jon Lord walked into the college, says Grant Kilpatrick, lead guitarist with the SCE rock band.
– It is a great privilege to perform with him especially in this piece. We all know Smoke on The Water but this is something else!
Ken Thomson, Head of Music and Drama at SCE, is in charge of the project.
– The concert is intended to reveal the exceptional talents of students studying music from school to conservatoire level in Scotland, says Ken Thomson.
– It will be a high profile event and an important date in the Scottish music diary.
Jazz, folk and the Concerto
The evening will open with a set by SCE and RSAMD’s Jazz Band directed by Ken Thomson, followed by a combined traditional folk music ensemble (directed by Phil Cunningham). Jon Lord will be performing part of the folk session.
The second half of the evening will feature Jon Lord’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra and an orchestral version of Child in Time.
Photo by Silvio Tanaka, São Paulo 2009.