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Karl Jenkins

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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, Requiem, Stabat Mater and The Peacemakers 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: 2000th performance of The Armed Man at the Royal Albert Hall in London, commemorating 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme (3 Jul), with special CD/DVD edition released by Warner Classics; S4C has commissioned a new work Cantata Memoria to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan Tragedy, with premiere at the Wales Millennium Centre (8 Oct)

New 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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