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Afterparty at Sunflower 2012: Thank you, Jon

September 20, 2012

If Sunflower Jam 2011 was the unofficial crowning glory for Jon and his career, then this year’s Sunflower Jam at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday Sep 16 was both the wake and the afterparty. Jon’s singer Steve Balsamo paid a moving tribute to the missing maestro, and everybody else made sure the music stayed vibrant.

Rasmus Heide’s report:

Planet Rock‘s Nicky Horne introduced the evening’s musical programme and pointed out that all of the music would be dedicated to ‘someone who sadly can’t be here, Jon Lord.’

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Sunflower Jam celebrates Jon Lord and fights pancreatic cancer

August 8, 2012

Click to see the poster for Sunflower Jam 2012

Exactly two months to the day Jon Lord passed, the Sunflower Jam 2012 will celebrate his memory with a special tribute and donate funds to the fight against pancreatic cancer.

The Sunflower Jam 2012 – at London’s Royal Albert Hall on September 16 – will feature a tribute to Jon. Details of the music featured have yet to be confirmed, but the list of stars performing on the night includes a slew of Jon’s peers; Ian Paice, John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Brian May (Queen), Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Steve Balsamo, and more.

Jon Lord was a trustee of the charity and performed there seveal times, most recently with Rick Wakeman and Joe Bonamassa in 2011.

By supporting this year’s Sunflower Jam, you will be helping to fight pancreatic cancer, help research new approaches and enable all pancreatic cancer patients and their relatives to get all the information they require.

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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.