Stevenson College Edinburgh combines with a 70s rock legend to perform the Scottish premier of an international musical masterpiece.
StevensonCollege, in a major collaboration with The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, The City of Edinburgh Music School and the Edinburgh Schools Symphony Orchestra, presents Jon Lord’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra on Monday 5th October 2009 in The Usher Hall, Edinburgh.
Ken Thomson, Head of Music and Drama at SCE, has put a Scottish music education marker on the international map by persuading Jon Lord, founder member of Deep Purple, to include this Edinburgh performance in his world wide itinerary.
“This unique collaborative event will feature the virtuosic skills of StevensonCollege’s finest rock band and the talents of a 100 piece symphony orchestra”, says Ken Thomson. The orchestra comprises musicians from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, The City of Edinburgh Music School and the Edinburgh Schools Symphony Orchestra. “Jon visited Stevenson College Edinburgh in February to rehearse the rock band and begin the preparation for this very special event.
This concert is intended to reveal the exceptional talents of students studying music from school to conservatoire level in Scotland” says Ken Thomson. “It will be a high profile event and an important date in the Scottish music diary.”
Grant Kilpatrick, lead guitarist in the SCE rock band, says “I couldn’t believe my eyes when Jon Lord walked into the college. It is a great privilege to perform with him especially in this piece. We all know Smoke on The Water but this is something else!”
The first half of the programme will comprise of SCE and RSAMD’s Jazz Band (directed by Ken Thomson), followed by a combined traditional folk music ensemble (directed by Phil Cunningham). Jon Lord will be performing part of the folk session with Phil.
The second half of the programme will feature Jon Lord’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra followed by an orchestrated version of his rock anthem “Child in Time” (1969). Jon Lord will play the Hammond organ, with the rock band.