'It's humbling and gratifying that my music is performed globally', says Sir Karl Jenkins

1 July 2015, 00:27

The brilliant and newly knighted composer Sir Karl Jenkins made a special guest appearance at Classic FM Live in Cardiff to conduct his very own Palladio. Jane Jones spoke to him before the performance, about getting a knighthood, being outside the establishment and his enormous popularity.

Karl Jenkins's iconic The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace has been performed around 2,000 times since its premiere 15 years ago. His music is sensationally popular around the world.

So the only person who was taken aback by his recent knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours list seems to have been Sir Karl himself.

In an exclusive interview ahead of an appearance at Classic FM Live in Cardiff, Sir Karl spoke to Jane Jones about his surprise at being honoured by the palace, his desire to move people with his music and being a composer outside the establishment.

Watch the whole interview here:

Karl Jenkins backstage at Classic FM

Sir Karl Jenkins talks exclusively to Jane Jones backstage at Classic FM Live

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