Jon Lord, co-founder of the rock group Deep Purple, is to compose a new work for Henley Festival Orchestra. The piece, which will have its premiere in 2012, will be Lord's first classical composition for young musicians.

The Henley Festival Orchestra is a youth ensemble that was founded in 2008 through the proceeds of the annual Henley Festival. Lord, who retired from Deep Purple in 2002 and has since achieved success as a classical composer, is an honorary patron of the festival's patrons' club.