Karl Jenkins


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About Karl Jenkins

The extraordinarily diverse output of composer Karl Jenkins has encompassed genres as numerous as jazz, rock, film music, advertising music, New Age music, and classical composition, largely choral. He is perhaps best known for the song Adiemus, for a series of classical or New Age works derived from it, and for the widely performed mass setting The Armed Man. In the '80s and '90s, Jenkins enjoyed a successful career as a composer of music for advertising. Just as successful has been The Armed Man (1999), a setting of the Catholic mass incorporating the medieval song The Armed Man (L'homme armé) along with other texts and musical materials. The giant choral work The Peacemakers (2014) included a 1,000-voice choir called The Really Big Chorus on its 2012 debut recording. Jenkins returned in 2023 with the album One World, commissioned by World Choir for Peace director Nicol Matt.

Penclawdd, Gower, Wales
February 17, 1944
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