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Karl Jenkins: Motets music now published by Boosey & Hawkes

(May 2014)

The new collection of enriching choral music by Karl Jenkins, newly arranged for mixed voices, is available both as a collection and individually. Already recorded by Polyphony, this collection is a highlight of the composer's 70th year.

Motets is a set of intimate and spiritually uplifting a cappella choral works by Karl Jenkins, featuring new pieces and arrangements of a selection of movements from his most popular works. These scores are also available individually. Although scored for mixed choir a cappella, most arrangements include an optional accompaniment for piano or organ.

Many of the motets are drawn from Jenkins’s much-performed large-scale choral works, but here appear in new arrangements for mixed choir, without the complications of orchestral accompaniment, making them readily performable by a wide range of choirs. Favourites include Benedictus from The Armed Man, Pie Jesu from Requiem, Ave Verum Corpus from Stabat Mater and Healing Light from The Peacemakers. The collection also features a specially-composed Locus Iste, two new pieces which are to appear in Jenkins’s forthcoming The Healer: a Cantata for St Luke, and a pair of highly attractive arrangements to Latin texts of the Adiemus theme and Palladio.

Motets was recorded on Deutsche Grammophon by Stephen Layton and Polyphony - listen to a sampler here.

Karl Jenkins Choral Competition
To celebrate the composer’s 70th year and the launch of Motets, Boosey & Hawkes invites choirs to enter a competition with the prize of a new choral work specially written by Karl Jenkins. Choirs can upload a YouTube video of their performance of one of the pieces in the Motets collection, and the entries will be judged in April 2015. Jenkins will write the winner a short a cappella work and the choir will have the opportunity to present the world premiere. For full information visit


Karl Jenkins

Karl Jenkins is one of the most prolific, popular and performed composers in the world today. His recorded output has resulted in 17 gold and platinum discs, while his The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace has received over a thousand performances in the decade since its première in 2000. Classically trained, Jenkins transcends musical boundaries, from the seminal fusion band Soft Machine to the global crossover phenomenon Adiemus. Recent recordings include Requiem, Stabat Mater, Quirk and Stella Natalis, while he has composed music for HRH The Prince of Wales, Bryn Terfel, Kiri Te Kanawa, Evelyn Glennie and the London Symphony Orchestra. Karl Jenkins has featured on British TV's iconic South Bank Show, and he has consistently been the highest-placed living composer in Classic FM's Hall of Fame. He was awarded a CBE by Her Majesty the Queen in 2010.

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