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Stabat Mater in Liverpool

Here is footage of composer Karl Jenkins as he rehearses Stabat Mater and speaks about his new work.

Just released on EMI Classics, the piece will receive its premiere this Saturday at 7.30 pm in Liverpool Cathedral. The performance will celebrate the fact that Liverpool, which was 800 years old in 2007, this year holds the European Capital of Culture title, together with Stavanger, Norway.

This is one of those cultural showers that British taxpayers fund through the EU, but it would flower without the government, just as the Beatles, Liverpool’s most famous sons, did. Jenkins’s music tops the classical music charts.

Jenkins was born in Penclawdd in 1944. Raised by a musical father, he played the oboe, studied at University College, Cardiff, and at the Royal Academy of Music, and became a jazz musician and the creator of successful advertising music. In the 1990s he began composing thematic choral and orchestral works that speak quite deeply and personally to listeners.

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