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Karl Jenkins

 b. 1944Karl Jenkins © Eric Richmond/ArenaPAL

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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, EMI, Virgin and Sony labels

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: 70th birthday concert at Royal Albert Hall in London (9 May); new Deutsche Grammophon CD of choral works, Motets, sung by Polyphony (May); concert premiere of Adiemus Colores at Llangollen International Eisteddfod (9 Jul); performances of The Armed Man in 2014 commemorating centenary of outbreak of  World War I, including a Sing UK project with international youth choirs (28 Sep); new 40-minute choral cantata The Healer premiered next season (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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