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 2750 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: premiere at Swansea Festival of new work for chorus and orchestra, This Faithful Life, celebrating HM the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year (29 Oct); conducts world premiere of new large-scale work for soprano, baritone, choir and orchestra, One World, at German Choir Competition in Hannover (3 Jun 2023); 80th birthday on 17 Feb 2024
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