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Karl Jenkins

Karl Jenkins © Eric Richmond/ArenaPAL
b. 1944


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Composer of the million-selling album Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary * Karl Jenkins trained as classical musician at Cardiff University and Royal Academy of Music in London * In 1970s played with Ronnie Scott's jazz band and jazz-rock fusion band Soft Machine * Topped record charts with Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary, which hauntingly evokes choral and world music * Sequels Adiemus: Cantata Mundi and Adiemus: Dances of Time also rapidly topped the charts * Music is widely familiar through advertising usage, including Adiemus for Delta Air Lines and Palladio for De Beers Diamond campaign * Choral works include his 'Mass for Peace' The Armed Man which has received over 2000 performances, together with Requiem, Stabat Mater and The Peacemakers all of which have rapidly entered the repertoire of choral groups worldwide * Music is recorded on the Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics and Sony labels * Autobiography Still with the Music published in 2015 * Awarded a Knighthood in the 2015 Queen's Birthday honours

Works by Karl Jenkins include:
Palladio (1992-95) for strings
Adiemus I: Songs of Sanctuary (1994) for soprano, chorus and orchestra
The Armed Man: A Mass for peace (1999) for soloists, chorus and orchestra
Looking Ahead: new staging of children's opera Eloise at Shauspielhaus in Kassel (9 Jun); highlight performances of The Armed Man celebrating the centenary of the end of World War 1 include 100 Days to Peace presented by the Royal Armouries at Westminster Central Hall in London (6 Sep) and a televised stadium performance with the World Orchestra for Peace at the Mercedez-Benz Arena in Berlin (2 Nov), both conducted by the composer.

Video: View an interview with Karl Jenkins talking about his life and music.

"As a composer, he recognises no boundaries - musical, commercial, geographical or cultural. His is a way of thinking and composing that is perfectly in tune with the spirit of the times..." — Classic FM Magazine

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