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Jon Lord made honorary Doctor of Music

July 27, 2011


Jon Lord has received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Leicester.

“Jon Lord is one of British music’s most eclectic and talented instrumentalists. There are no signs of his creative talents abating.”

These words rounded off a detailed account of Jon Lord’s musical life that preceded Jon being presented with the Honorary Degree.

– It is humbling to hear your life retold with such accuracy, he said in his acceptance speech, where he also spoke fondly of his musical childhood in Leicester.

His first concert was experience was in the same hall where the presentation ceremony was being held.

– I was 6 or 7 years old and heard cutting edge classical stuff performed by the Hallé Orchestra; the William Tell Overture, Grieg’s Piano Concerto and the New World Symphony.

– It thrilled me and possibly changed things right there, he explains.

Years later in the same hall, he saw Buddy Holly.

– He spun my head around. The love of what Buddy Holly represented and the love of what the Hallé Orchestra represented has defined my musical life.

– This town was and still is deep inside my bones, and it’s a huge, huge privilige and an honour to come back here and accept this honorary degree. My parents – were they alive – would be dancing in the street. I suspect and hope they’re dancing somewhere far more pleasant than Averill Road [Jon’s childhood home]. Thank you and God bless!

The last time Jon Lord visited the University of Leicester was 41 years ago when Deep Purple played at the Students’ Union on 7 February 1970.

Watch footage of Jon Lord receiving and responding to the presentation of the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Leicester.

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Lord & Wakeman world premiere at Sunflower Jam

July 9, 2011


The Sunflower Jam 2011 will be remembered for one of Jon Lord’s most rewarding appearances of 2011 – musically daring and performed with sharp excellence.

On an evening already rife with musical talent, Jon Lord shared the stage with Rick Wakeman for the pair’s brand new composition It’s Not As Big As It Was (allegedly about the music biz although it was preceeded by jokes about old age and prostate problems). This was without a doubt The Sunflower Jam’s musical crown jewel benefitting the good cause of helping children suffering from cancer. Donations are still welcome.

This is Rasmus Heide’s report:

Jon Lord appears onstage after almost an hour of excellent music from the likes of Danny Bowes (Thunder), Gary Brooker, Joe Bonamassa and Newton Faulkner. These gentlemen (and woman) have entertained the crowd with blues and rock classics that fare very well, particularly Gary Brooker’s rendition of A Whiter Shade of Pale and Joe Bonamassa’s Thrill is Gone. However, Jon will proceed to seize the show and push up the excitement level several  notches.

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Jon Lord’s weekend double

July 8, 2011

This weekend, Jon Lord makes two British concert appearances.


Friday night (July 8), Jon is performing at all-star The Sunflower Jam at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Other artists include Rick Wakeman, Deep Purple, Anna Phoebe, Joe Bonamassa and more.

On Sunday evening, July 10, you have the opportunity to catch Jon Lord in a rare performance of his suite To Notice Such Things at St. Andrew’s Church in Nuthurst near Horsham. This is just a short drive from London’s Gatwick Airport.

Performing with the professional choir of St. Thomas More, Chelsea and the Bernardi Music Group conducted by Paul Mann, the evening’s programme will also include Fauré’s Requiem.

Tickets for Nuthurst are available from The Capitol box office (01403 750220) or thecapitolhorsham.com. Concert starts 6.30pm.

Photo: Andrew Bernadi and Jon Lord at Nuthurst for the 2009 world premiere of To Notice Such Things.

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Liverpool: Serene melody, steady progress

June 20, 2010

‘Phil principal flautist Cormac Henry nurtured every contour, from the depths of serenity to the heights of frippery, all befitting Mortimer’s personality.’

These words come from Liverpool Echo’s review of Jon Lord’s concert at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Wednesday – specifically the evening’s performance of his lastest piece, To Notice Such Things, which features Cormac Henry on solo flute.


‘There was an equal abundance of serene melody and gently shifting harmonies in the lovely Evening Song.’

Tracing Jon Lord’s history as a composer, the review concludes, ‘Jon Lord’s personal progress, which includes the Durham Concerto, recorded by the RLPO and now in the Classic FM top 10, has been steady.’

Read the full review.

Photo: Jon Lord during the afternoon rehearsals before the concert.

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Jon Lord’s philharmonic feast in Liverpool

June 17, 2010

A fresh, new arrangement of The Telemann Experiment opened Jon Lord’s concert at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall on Wednesday. Two-and-a-half hours later, the concert ended with standing ovations.


Sans rhythm instruments (not counting Jon Lord’s tapping foot), the new version of Telemann is softer and with more emphasis on the sweeping string themes. As such it proved a gentle way to open the concert on a warm summer evening.

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Philharmonics applaude Jon Lord’s Concerto

June 17, 2010

Footage of Jon Lord rehearsing the conclusion of Concerto for Group an Orchestra with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonics – with the orchestra breaking into spontaneous applause at the end.

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Getting ready for the show

June 16, 2010

Jon Lord spent the afternoon rehearsing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonics for tonight’s concert.


On the stage at the art deco Philharmonic Hall, the musicians with conductor Clark Rundell at the helm, ironed out minor wrinkles in the evening’s musical programme.

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Durham Concerto featured in Liverpool concerts

April 15, 2010

Jon Lord’s Durham Concerto will feature in two special concerts in Liverpool on May 5 and 6.

To celebrate Britain’s favourite pieces of classical music, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will perform selections from Classic FM’s Hall of Fame 2010, where Durham Concerto reached no. 28.

On both evenings Durham Concerto will be featured via the piece From Prebend’s Bridge.

Jon Lord will not perform at these concerts.

May 5+6 – Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall, England – info and tickets.