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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

Nidaros inside

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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Italian Concerto performance on August 11

August 3, 2013

Milano 2013Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi di Milano will perform Jon’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra next Sunday August 11 at Milano, Italy.

Keeping with the spirit, the evening couples Sir Malcolm Arnold‘s Sweeney Todd Suite with Jon’s Concerto.

Conducted by Giovanni Marziliano, the individual players are:

Guitar and vocals: Graziano Demurtas
Bass: Tony del Coco
Drums: Tobia Scarpolini
Hammond organ: Ivan Merlini

The concert has its own event page on Facebook

Tickets are priced €9, €12,50, €17 – and are available online.


Paul Mann and Orion Orchestra confirmed

July 22, 2013

Orion Orchestra

The Sunflower Jam has confirmed the inclusion of Orion Orchestra: The Orchestra of Rising Stars for Celebrating Jon Lord At The Royal Albert Hall on April 4 2014.

The evening will include performances by the Orion Orchestra which will be conducted by Paul Mann, a close friend and musical partner of Jon Lord.

Jon Lord with Paul Mann

Jon Lord with Paul Mann

Paul and Jon’s last project together was the recording of Jon Lord’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra in 2011-2012 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Paul will conduct the Orion Orchestra, formed in 2005 by Toby Purser. Since then, the Orchestra has become recognised as one of the most dynamic orchestras for the cream of London’s music college students and graduates, with a repertoire stretching from the music of Azerbaijan to a performing and recording with Rick Wakeman (who of course, will also be performing at the concert for Jon).

Tickets will be available shortly.

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To Notice Such Things returns to Shipley

July 4, 2013

Shipley Arts Festival 2013This Sunday, July 7, the Bernardi Chamber Orchestra will perform parts of Jon’s To Notice Such Things at Shipley Arts Festival in Nuthurst, England.

Two years ago, Jon gave his last ever concert performance at St. Andrew’s church in Nuthurst – two days after his triumphant appearance at the 2011 Sunflower Jam with Rick Wakeman, Joe Bonamassa and others.

To Notice Such Things was originally commissioned by the Shipley Arts Festival and first performed there by Jon in 2009.

Bruce Martin, flute, photographed at Nuthurst in 2011 with Jon in the background

Bruce Martin, flute, photographed at Nuthurst in 2011 with Jon in the background

– It is entirely fitting that we are performing the piece to remember two great English composers in Jon Lord and Baron Benjamin Britten in his centenary year, explains Andrew Bernardi.

Maria Marchant will be playing piano for Jon with Bruce Martin playing the flute.

The programme will include English music spanning four hundred years from Purcell‘s Chaconny in G minor, Britten‘s Hymn to St Cecilia, excerpts from Jon’s To Notice Such Things, Britten‘s Lachrymae, and Mozart‘s Piano Concert no 12 as recorded by Britten.

Tickets are £19.00 and limited to 150.
Book online or call 01403 750220.

Shipley Arts Festival website


Free concert in Sicily celebrating Jon and Deep Purple

June 27, 2013

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Tonight at 9.30 pm, a show named Deep Inside, based on Deep Purple’s and Jon’s music, will take place at Giardino Inglese in Palermo, Sicily. This is a free open air concert.

The show will involve a rock band and an orchestral ensemble directed by Alberto Maniaci.

The purpose is to promote the music in Sicily and give visibility to local young great players.

Find out more on the Facebook page for the event.