Karl Jenkins

Genres: Classical New Age
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Decades: 2000s
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Biography

17 February 1944, Penclawdd, Gower, Wales. Initially taught by his organist and choirmaster father, Jenkins played oboe with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales before studying music at University College, Cardiff, and at London’s Royal Academy of Music. He played professionally with rock bands, adding soprano and baritone saxophones and keyboards. In the 60s Jenkins was with Graham Collier’s group, and in 1969 he co-formed Nucleus, composing much of the group’s music. He also played with Soft Machine, the London Jazz Composers Orchestra, and Linda Hoyle.

Meanwhile, Jenkins was developing a widespread reputation as a composer including music for advertising although he wrote principally in the classical form, notably ‘Adiemus’, a choral work. He has also composed concertos for harp and ballet music and Eloise, an opera. His vocal music has been performed by Bonnie Tyler and opera singers Lesley Garrett, Kiri Te...

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