SIR KARL JENKINS
The Man, The Music, The Mystery!
On Sunday 2nd May we chatted to world-renowned composer Sir Karl Jenkins. It was a pleasure to find out more about his life, music and future projects.
Sir Karl Jenkins is one of the most performed living composers in the world. For our very first SING-ALONG concert he conducted "The Armed Man" in Berlin with 2,000 singers, marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. We have continued this relationship with our debut album "Peaceful Choir" when we were thrilled that he created a new arrangement of HEALING LIGHT for us.
He has created many works. "The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace" alone has been performed over 2000 times in 20 different countries since the CD was released and his recorded output has resulted in 17 gold and platinum disc awards. His style and integrity has transcended musical boundaries, encompassing jazz-rock with Soft Machine, the global ‘crossover’ phenomenon "Adiemus" and soundtracks for Levis and British Airways. In addition he scored a Kiefer Sutherland movie, was a castaway on BBC “Desert Island Discs”, was featured by Melvyn Bragg on the ITV seminal South Bank Show and was awarded the Freedom of the City of London.
In 2015 he was confirmed as the most popular living composer in Classic FM’s ‘Ultimate Hall of Fame’ and holds the Classic FM ‘Red f’ award for ‘outstanding service to classical music’. He was awarded a Knighthood in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours for “services to composing and crossing musical genres” and his autobiography Still with the Music was published by Elliott & Thompson. His music is published exclusively by Boosey & Hawkes.