News just in: Deep Purple composer takes time out for cancer treatment

News just in: Deep Purple composer takes time out for cancer treatment


norman lebrecht

August 09, 2011

Jon Lord, the musical force behind Deep Purple and latterly a composer for symphony orchestras, has posted the following message:

I would like all my friends, followers, fans and fellow travelers to know that I am fighting cancer and will therefore be taking a break from performing while getting the treatment and cure.

I shall, of course, be continuing to write music — in my world it just has to be part of the therapy — and I fully expect to be back in good shape next year.

God bless and see you soon.

Jon Lord

We wish him a speedy recovery. Lord, 70, has a premiere scheduled with the Oslo Philharmonic next spring – a concerto for Hammond organ and orchestra.


  • Dear Mr. Lebrecht,
    American artists are very concerned about the London riots. Is there anything we can do to help? What is going on? Thanks, Beth Greenberg, New York City

    • Marie Lamb says:

      Beth, I don’t know if you saw this on Norman’s Facebook page today, but there certainly is one artist who can use a hand in the UK, and there is a way to help. I’m putting it here as an answer to you, and also to call it to the attention of Slipped Disc readers who are not on Facebook. Flutist, composer, music educator, etc. Carla Rees has lost everything because her home was burned down during rioting in Croydon. Along with her home, she lost its contents, including her instruments, music, and even her cats. Norman put up a link to a fund that has been set up by Jonathan Myall Music to raise funds for Carla Rees. Donations may be made at this secure link: