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* Karl Jenkins is the most performed living composer in the world.; * This candid autobiography details his career, musical development, and reflections on the process of composition.; * 'Adiemus' has been conducted by Jenkins in Japan, Germany, Spain, Finland, Holland and Belgium. In South Africa, Jenkins became the first international composer to conduct the University of Johannesburg Kingsway Choir.; * Will be supported by sustained PR campaign and author tour.
Karl Jenkins is a Welsh composer and musician, famed for such contemporary classics as Adiemus, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace and Palladio. 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, where a room has been named in his honour, and has fellowships at Cardiff University, Swansea University, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Trinity College Carmarthen and Swansea Metropolitan University. He was awarded the OBE in 2005, the CBE in 2010, and was knighted in 2015, all for 'services to music'.; Sam Jackson is the Managing Editor of Classic FM, responsible for all of the station's on-air programming, a role he has held since 2011. He sits on the governing body of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and on the University of York Music Department's advisory board. In addition, Sam is the author of two Sunday Times bestselling books about classical music.
"I know it's a bit of a cliche but I enjoy reading autobiographies which take me on a journey, and it's a real delight to travel along the route that Sir Karl has travelled as he made his way through the musical events which describe his life story. His love of music is obvious and this comes across in the warmth of his words and in the fine attention to the smallest detail, but it is in the love for his family and friends, and his enthusiastic affinity for his homeland, where he comes across so passionately ... I really enjoyed reading this autobiography and now, whenever I listen to Karl Jenkins' inspirational music, I will, undoubtedly be reminded of the man behind the music." -- Jo Barton, JaffaReadsToo blog; "A well-written volume ... Plus, some of the extra informational snippets are gems. He is the world's most performed composer, so Karl Jenkins' autobiography was always going to be a story worth telling - not least because his career trajectory has been such a colourful one." - Charlotte Gardner, Sinfini.com