50. Rehearsals Wrapping Up

Jon Lord leaning over the grand piano in the Nidaros Cathedral as the

50. Rehearsals Wrapping Up

Jon Lord leaning over the grand piano.

rehearsals are coming to an end. The beautiful “To Notice Such Things” suite has been played through.


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49. “To Notice Such Things”

49. To Notice Such Things

The rehearsals for the suite “To Notice Such Things” – the title work from Jon’s current album at the time.

The beginning of the rehearsals for the  suite “To Notice Such Things” – the title work from Jon’s current album at the time.

This beautiful musical work, in memory of Jon’s close friend since the 1990s, Sir John Mortimer, began life when Mortimer asked Jon Lord if he might enjoy playing the piano for some of his shows. Mortimer also asked if Jon might consider writing a couple of pieces to accompany the show, which Jon did.

Offered a commission to write a new piece for solo flute and string orchestra for the Shipley Arts Festival in July 2009, still dealing with the loss of his friend, who passed in 2008, Jon thought the pieces he wrote for “Mortimer’s Miscellany” might be the basis for a new piece.

Albeit being the last piece played at the rehearsal, To Notice Such Things started the concert a couple of hours later.


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48. From behind the Mixer Desk

48. Stage Seen from behind the Mixer Desk

Jon Lord, Nathalie Lorichs, Sveinung Lillebjerka, Ellen Fjærvoll Samdal (I think), Åse Våg Aaknes, and conductor Torodd Wigum.

A view of the stage from behind the sound mixer desk.
Seen from left to right:
Jon Lord, vocalist Nathalie Lorichs, violinists Sveinung Lillebjerka,  Ellen Fjærvoll Samdal (I think), Åse Våg Aaknes, and conductor Torodd Wigum.


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47. Jon Lord at the Grand Piano in the Nidaros Cathedral (Outtake)

47. Jon Lord at the Grand Piano

Jon Lord at the grand piano in the Nidaros Cathedral.

Jon Lord at the grand piano in the Nidaros Cathedral.
I’ve had a look at the file zoomed in to see if I can see the name of the song on the sheet music, but I wasn’t able to. The photo is tack sharp on Jon’s face, but due to low light, the lens used for this photo – the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM – is set at the largest aperture available – f/2.8 – and the depth of field is very narrow.

This photo didn’t make the final cut, and isn’t included in the printed book, but I still think it’s nice to share it.


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46. The Orchestra (Outtake)

46. Orchestra

The Lord Chamber Orchestra with conductor Torodd WIgum.

Parts of The Lord Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Torodd Wigum. (Complete list of the fine musicians in the orchestra, gathered for this concert.)
I think this is during “Evening Song”.
This photo didn’t make the final cut and isn’t included in the printed book, but I still think it’s nice to share it.


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45. Preparing for “Evening Song”

45. Preparing for "Evening Song"

The score for the ballad “Evening Song” on Jon Lord’s grand piano. Vocalist Nathalie Lorichs and conductor Torodd Wigum are seen at the back.

The score for the ballad Evening Song“, again from the beautiful and contemplative 1998 album Pictured Within, is now placed on Jon Lord’s grand piano. Vocalist Nathalie Lorichs and conductor Torodd Wigum are seen in the background.


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44. Nathalie Lorichs Singing “Wait a While”

44. Nathalie Lorichs Singing "Wait a While"

Nathalie Lorichs delivering the lead vocals for “Wait a While” with passion. Conductor Torodd Wigum in the background.

Nathalie Lorichs delivering the lead vocals for “Wait a While” with passion. Conductor Torodd Wigum in the background.


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43. A Playful Look on Jon Lord’s Face

43. A Playful Look

Jon Lord with a playful look on his face.

Jon Lord shares a humorous moment with musicans and orchestra members. There’s a playful look on his face, as they are getting ready to play a ballad from Jon’s contemplative 1998 album Pictured Within.

This photo is a fine capture of the mood during the rehearsals – everyone looking to be enjoying the music and each other’s company, while maintaining a high level of musicianship. It was a joy to behold.


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42. A Break

42. Jon Lord during a break between songs

Jon Lord by the grand piano. Martín Méndez and Magnus Johansen is glimpsed leaving the stage, as the next song is acoustic.

Jon Lord by the grand piano as the rehearsal for “The Sun Will Shine Again” is over. At the back we glimpse Martín Méndez and Magnus Johansen leaving the stage – the next song is fully acoustic.


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41. The Sun Will Shine Again

41. The Sun Will Shine Again

From the left: Jon Lord, vocalists Nathalie Lorichs and Steve Balsamo, conductor Torodd Wigum, and backing singers Karina Hanssen and Nina Brovoll.

From the left: Jon Lord, vocalists Nathalie Lorichs and Steve Balsamo, conductor Torodd Wigum, and backing singers Karina Hanssen and Nina Brovoll.

The song “The Sun Will Shine Again” was originally released on Jon Lord’s “Beyond the Notes” album from 2004. A melodic, simple ballad with an uplifting tune. On the album, the song was sung by Frida from ABBA. There is a story behind it.

I’ll tell it through the words of Christer Lorichs, father of vocalist Nathalie Lorichs, who handled the lead vocals for this concert.

“Knut Morten Johansen knew Nathalie was very familiar with the material. Asking Jon about using Nathalie as singer, Jon swiftly replied “Excellent!”. As Nathalie sung backing vocals on Jon’s concert in the Nidaros Cathedral in 2007, Jon was well aware of her voice.
One question Jon had for Nathalie during preparations for the show was regarding “The Sun Will Shine Again”. Would she prefer doing the original Frida-version, or the current version in a key suitable for Kasia Laska? Nathalie said she probably couldn’t sing in a key as low as Fridas. “Well, no one can”, Jon said with a smile. So the higher key it was.

On the first day in Trondheim, Wednesday before the show, there was a meeting with media and the first meeting with the band. Jon immediately took Nathalie aside from the rest, held her arm, looking very serious, saying: “Nathalie, I want to dedicate “The Sun Will Shine Again” to Ronnie. It is a song I wrote for Frida when her husband died. Do you think you can hold it together?”. “I hope so” Nathalie answered. “Perfect” smiled Jon.”
View the song as performed during the concert.


“Ronnie” was of course the legendary rock vocalist Ronnie James Dio, known from Rainbow, Elf, Black Sabbath, and his own band Dio. Ronnie lost his battle with cancer just a week prior to this concert.

Here’s a performance of the song with Jon and Frida from German television.

And it only seems to fitting to add this cut:
Ronnie James Dio singing the beautiful songs “Sitting in a Dream” and “Love is All” from Roger Glover’s “Butterfly’s Ball” with Deep Purple and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in 1999, for the 30th anniversary for Jon’s “Concerto for Group and Orchestra”:


 

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