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 2500 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 Decca Classics and Deutsche Grammophon 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: 75th birthday in 2019; UK tour (Feb/Mar) visiting Cardiff, Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester including the 2500th performance of The Armed Man at St David's Hall (10 Feb); new Decca recordings including a Piano Album with the composer at the keyboard (Feb) together with re-releases of his classic recordings; a Royal Albert Hall concert including the world premiere of music from his new work based on the Miserere (13 Oct)
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