Jon Lord, a founder member of rock group DEEP PURPLE took part in the premiere of the Durham Concerto on October 20 at Durham Cathedral.The concerto, which was packed with more than 1,000 music fans, was commissioned to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Durham University, according to the Sunderland Echo. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra performed the piece with four soloists, including Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell and Lord. He played the Hammond organ, an instrument he first came across in his days with DEEP PURPLE. Check out photos at www.deep-purple.net. Classic FM will air the performance on Sunday, November 4 between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. as part of the Katie Derham show. More information is available at this location. Lord, 65, is perhaps best known for his four- or five-minute rock songs, but he has always written longer pieces as well. It was his desire to concentrate on the orchestral works which led him to leave DEEP PURPLE in 2002.
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