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Karl Jenkins (b. 17 february 1944) is a Welsh musician and composer
Jenkins was born in Penclawdd, Gower, Wales. After attending the University of Wales, Cardiff, he began postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
It was in jazz that he initially made his mark. In the days of Jazz Polls he was a prolific poll winner, playing at Ronnie Scott’s club before co-forming Nucleus, which won first prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Read more on Last.fm
Here's Sir Karl as you've never seen him before - sculpted out of clay!
The piece was created by eminent sculptor Frances Segelman (pictured on the right).
The gala event was held at Sir Karl's alma mater, the Royal Academy of Music, in aid of the Principal’s Fund - a newly launched scholarship programme which provides financial support to Academy students in need.
📷 by Sophie Dunne Photography.
Jun 20, 2019
Tonight at the Royal Academy of Music!
Jun 14, 2019
Royal Academy of Music
May 13, 2019
Sir Karl spoke to Classic FM about composing the famous solo cello part in the Benedictus movement of The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace.
Apr 25, 2019
The Royal Academy of Music present a gala evening celebrating alumnus Sir Karl Jenkins’s 75th birthday. The evening features performances of Palladio and Chatterbox and a live sculpting of Sir Karl by Frances Segelman. All ticket proceeds go towards the newly launched Principal’s Fund which provides scholarships and financial support to Academy students. To buy tickets and for more information visit:
Apr 23, 2019
Sir Karl remains the world's most popular living composer!
The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace finished in the highest position of any contemporary composition in the Classic FM Hall of Fame, a yearly poll of classical music tastes.
Sir Karl conducts excerpts from his much loved works tonight at the Royal Albert Hall as part of Classic FM Live.
Apr 16, 2019
Apr 16, 2019
Sir Karl will be on the Scala Radio today around 11.30am this morning. He will be talking about his new album Karl Jenkins: Piano with host Simon Mayo.
Apr 02, 2019
Sir Karl and his son Jody Jenkins have created the soundtrack for Wales: Land of the Wild - find out more about the music in the short film below.
Wales: Land of the Wild airs on BBC One (Wales only) on Thursday 11th April at 8pm. All UK views will be able to catch up via the BBC iPlayer.
Mar 22, 2019
Last chance to vote for The Armed Man in the Classic FM Hall of Fame!
Sir Karl's much loved Mass for Peace was the 20th most popular classical work in the 2018 poll. Can it finish even higher this year?
Cast your vote before 23.59 on Sunday 24 March.
Mar 15, 2019
Have you been listening to the stunning new album Karl Jenkins: Piano?
🎶You can now purchase the sheet music - available from the Shop at Boosey.com🎶
Mar 12, 2019
Vote now for The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace in the Classic FM Hall of Fame - the world's biggest poll of classical music tastes.
Sir Karl was the highest ranked living composer with The Armed Man featuring as the 20th most popular classical composition in the public vote last year. Can The Armed Man feature even higher in 2019?
Cast your vote before Sunday 24 March.
Mar 04, 2019
Some of you may have heard Sir Karl on BBC Radio 3 over the weekend! You can catch up on the Music Matters interview below.
The programme is repeated on BBC Radio 3 this evening at 10pm.
Feb 20, 2019
This year marks my 75th birthday. To celebrate, I have been working with Apple Music and we have put together a playlist of the classical works that have influenced me thorughout my life.
To find it, search for Karl Jenkins on Apple Music and tap the Karl Jenkins Influences playlist. (Or click the link in the comments)
Let me know your favourite piece.
Feb 17, 2019
Celebrate Sir Karl's 75th birthday with our playlist 🎧 - featuring old favourites as well as tracks from the new album Karl Jenkins: Piano.
My solo piano version of Benedictus is part of my new album Karl Jenkins: Piano which is available for pre-order now.
Jan 25, 2019
Thanks to all who attended or performed at Carniege Hall on the 21st January - here's a poster from outside the venue. A triumph!
The performance of Stabat Mater and Symphonic Adiemus will be available to watch over on the Distinguished Concerts International New York - DCINY Facebook page on February 2nd from 11am GMT.