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Karl Jenkins on composing

Karl Jenkins has recently turned 70. The composer of The Armed Man and Adiemus popped into Classic FM to talk to Charlotte Green's Culture Club about his life and music. Here he shares some of his thoughts about the process of composing.


Charlotte Green talks to the great Karl Jenkins about his 70th birthday, his life and music.

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Charlotte Green is joined by The Armed Man composer Karl Jenkins to look back on his 70th birthday concert at the Royal Albert Hall and also discuss his brand new album Motets, a capella versions of his favourite music. In the podcast (below), Charlotte also talks to the actor Viggo Mortensen about his varied film roles – from the Lord of the Rings trilogy to his acclaimed new crime movie The Two Faces of January.

Charlotte Green's Culture Club with Karl Jenkins and Viggo Mortensen

From jazz flautist to composer of TV commercials, to worldwide classical hitmaker, Karl Jenkins talks about the three stages of his career.




Karl Jenkins' new album is a collection of a capella arrangements of his most loved works, performed by Polyphony directed by Stephen Layton.


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