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Katherine shares some of her favourite contemporary classics.
Jon Lord, who died in 2012, was the keyboard player with the rock group Deep Purple but he had a solid classical piano background and always wanted to fuse rock with classical music. In 1970 he even got Deep Purple involved in a concerto for group and orchestra, which he co-composed with Malcolm Arnold. His Durham Concerto was his first solely classical piece, commissioned by Durham University to celebrate its 175th anniversary. It’s a deeply evocative work with hues of folk music running throughout and brilliant uses of orchestral colour.
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