Tribute left to Deep Purple’s Jon Lord

Jon Lord at Shipley Arts Festival with Andrew Bernardi.
Jon Lord at Shipley Arts Festival with Andrew Bernardi.

A Coolham musician has paid tribute to collaborator and friend Jon Lord, former Deep Purple keyboard player and classical musician, who died on Monday July 16 aged 71 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Andrew Bernardi, who runs the Bernardi Music Group and orchestra in Coolham, met Jon in 2008 and collaborated with him on his classical album ‘To Notice Such Things’, released in 2010.

The piece was commissioned and premiered at Nuthurst for the Shipley Arts Festival in July 2009, and was played on three other occasions with the professional orchestra, the gifted and talented string academy, and a blend of the two.

“It’s terribly sad as he was a fantastic friend,” he said.

“He was a very unusual character, as he was not at all typical of the excesses that you might see with some musicians.”

Mr Bernardi said he brought a unique contribution and legacy to the world of music, pioneering the crossover between rock and classical music.

Next year the group would be holding their own fitting tribute to Jon.