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The festival closes in the company of Sir Karl Jenkins - the world’s most performed living classical composer. Sir Karl’s music somehow transcends boundaries of style and genre, of geography, language and nationality to communicate a message of peace that has profoundly moved millions around the world.
From a modest upbringing in Penclawdd, Wales, steeped in the Welsh choral tradition and the Western classical canon, Karl followed his love of music to London, immersing himself in the 1960s jazz world of Ronnie Scott’s, before joining the seminal prog-rock group Soft Machine. These diverse influences ultimately lead to his landmark Adiemus project in the 1990s, which further inspired him to create the works that have now moved so many, including notably The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace. His new autobiography Still with the Music celebrates music’s power to bring joy, to inspire and to heal. Sir Karl Jenkins is that rare thing: a contemporary classical composer with enormous popular appeal, and one of Britain’s national treasures.
Sir Karl Jenkins was awarded a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015 for services to music. He holds a Doctor of Music degree from the University of Wales, has been made both a Fellow and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and has fellowships at Cardiff University, Swansea University, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Trinity College Carmarthen and Swansea Metropolitan University.