Karl Jenkins, educated at Gowerton Grammar School, Cardiff University and the Royal Academy of Music, London, is one of the most prolific, popular and performed composers in the world today. The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace alone has been performed over 700 times in 20 different countries since the CD was released, while his recorded output has resulted in 17 gold and platinum disc awards.
His style and integrity have transcended musical boundaries encompassing jazz-rock with Soft Machine, the global ‘crossover' phenomenon Adiemus, soundtracks for Levis and British Airways, while stopping off along the way to score a Kiefer Sutherland movie, be a castaway on BBC "Desert Island Discs", be featured by Melvyn Bragg on the ITV seminal South Bank Show and be awarded the Freedom of the City of London. Recent recordings include Requiem, Stabat Mater and Quirk. He has composed music for HRH The Prince of Wales, Bryn Terfel, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Evelyn Glennie and the London Symphony Orchestra amongst many others.
A Doctor of Music, he holds Fellowships, Honorary Doctorates and Professorships at five universities or conservatoires, including the Royal Academy of Music, where a room has been named in his honour. In recent years, he has consistently been the highest placed living composer in Classic FM's "Hall of Fame".
He holds the Classic FM ‘Red f' award for ‘outstanding service to classical music' and was awarded an OBE, by Her Majesty The Queen, in the 2005 New Years Honours List "for services to music".
Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus
The Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus was formed in 1997 and is committed to performing large-scale choral works, singing a wide repertoire from classical and contemporary genres. The choir seeks to promote local talent by engaging new and established artists to perform as accompanists and soloists for its concerts.
With over 80 members, it performs several concerts of its own each year, as well as receiving contracts to perform with other arts organisations in South Australia. Recent highlights have included Australian premieres of Karl Jenkins' Stella Natalis (2011) and James Mullholland's Missa Romantica (2012).
Vocal Ensemble Brevis
Antoaneta Radocaj Jerkovic
Vocal ensemble Brevis was founded in 1995. The choir had a series of successful performances throughout the territory of Croatia, and also abroad - in Hungary, Austria, Italy, Germany, Sweden, China, Canada and USA. The choir was granted quite a few precious awards: six gold plaques on Croatian National Contest of Choirs, a gold plaque on the Helsingborg choral competition in Sweden, a gold medal on the 4th World Choir Games Xiamen (China), a gold medal on the Llangollen Musical Eisteddfod (UK). From its very beginning, the choir is conducted by professor Antoaneta Radocaj-Jerkovic, accompanied by a pianist professor Davor Dedic.
Pennsbury High School Concert Choir, Pennsbury High School Women’s Ensemble & The Pennsbury Community Chorus
The Pennsbury Community Chorus (PCC) was founded in September 2000 by James Moyer and John McDonnell to provide a forum for talented singers in Lower Bucks County. James Moyer serves as the Artistic Director of the PCC.
The group typically comprises 60-100 area residents, including Pennsbury students, graduates, teachers, arents, staff, and friends of the Pennsbury Community. Performances include a variety of choral repertoire and literature, often with guest soloists and orchestras. Recent works have included the Requiems of Mozart and Faure, the Magnificats of Pergolesi, Bach and Rutter, and Orff's Carmina Burana.
The Brisbane Chorale is a symphonic choir of over 100 voices with a reputation for excellence in choral performance. Its repertoire is broad and extensive; in recent years this has included the great oratorios - Mendelssohn's Elijah, and St Paul and Handel's Messiah - and compelling performances of 20th century works: Orff's Catulli Carmina and Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony (celebrating the Queensland Conservatorium's 50th anniversary), and Carmina Burana and Kancheli's Styx with The Queensland Orchestra.
Vocal Spotlight, under the direction of Donnalynn Laver, is a dynamic choral ensemble. Their passionate performances are comprised of diverse genres...a cappella to Big Band, classical to Broadway classics and today's most contemporary hits. Committed to serving their community, Vocal Spotlight has been successful in raising thousands of dollars for charity through their annual Christmas concert series. Their unique sound is derived from the diverse musical backgrounds of its members, the individual talents possessed by each, and the zest which exceptional music brings to each singers life. Members bring decades of professional experience and lifelong dedication as they entertain audiences young and old.
Wausau West Concert Chorale
The 75 voice Concert Chorale is one of nine music ensembles available to students at Wausau West High School. This award winning ensemble has received national and international recognition and has been a guest performer at choral festivals in Vienna, Austria; Verona, Italy and most recently Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic. In 2010 the choir was recorded by Wisconsin Public Television for a special presentation titled, "Wisconsin Sings." The Wausau West Concert Chorale was thrilled to accepted the invitation from DCINY and participate in this performance of "The Armed Man" by Karl Jenkins.