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Karl Jenkins Update

Karl Jenkins Update


Karl's new work The Peacemakers (Buy Tickets) is about to see light of day. Using text by Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Albert Schweizter, Terry Waite as well as Shelley, the Bible, Quran, Hinduism etc, the work extolls peace. One line, from Rumi [the 13th- century Persian mystic poet] sums up the ethos of the work; “All religions, all singing one song; Peace be with you”.

The premiere is at Carnegie Hall, New York on January 16th 2012 with the composer conducting, which coincides with the USA CD release. The CD (on EMI Classics) features the Radiofunkchor Berlin, the CBSO Youth Chorus, the London Symphony Orchestra and a host of stellar soloists together with the 1000 strong “Really Big Chorus"on a couple of movements.

Karl conducts his Requiem in Hong Kong (Feb.16th) and Te Deum in Beijing (Feb 20th), which also sees the premiere of a new piece, Qing Zhu (celebration), commissioned by Dulwich College, Beijing.

There are several UK premieres in 2012: Songs of the Earth for the BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales together with massed youth chorus, The Olympians for The Really Big Chorus at the Royal Albert Hall, The Hero's Journey (text by Grahame Davies) for the London Welsh Male Voice Choir and the Cory Band (brass band world champions) also at RAH, & Alexander Palace, and The Bards of Wales (Welsh language version) based on the iconic Hungarian text, at the 2012 National Eisteddfod of Wales.

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