“As a composer, he recognizes no boundaries – musical, commercial, geographical, or cultural. His is a way of thinking and composing that is perfectly in tune with the spirit of the times.” – Classic FM Magazine
Karl Jenkins’s newest composition, Gloria, was premiered at the Royal Albert Hall on July 11 by The Really Big Chorus, with the English Festival Orchestra and student vocal soloists conducted by Brian Kay. Abbey Road Live recorded the concert, which also featured Fauré’s Requiem, and the resulting CD was sold on the night to the performers and audience – the first time a world premiere has been recorded live and made available for sale immediately after the performance. The following day, EMI Classics released a studio recording of Gloria, paired with Jenkins’s Te Deum, featuring the composer conducting the National Youth Chorus of Great Britain and the London Symphony Orchestra with soloist Hayley Westenra.
Gloria is the first commission by The Really Big Chorus (TRBC), Britain’s largest choral society, which is made up of singers from hundreds of different choirs all over the UK, as well as of thousands of individuals.
Karl Jenkins: Gloria; Te Deum
National Youth Chorus of Great Britain
London Symphony Orchestra / Karl Jenkins
CD and downloads available August 10 from EMI Classics