I have just discovered Karl Jenkins. He is a Welsh composer with a shaggy moustache and an amazing Requiem which is being performed on Good Friday at Trinity Uniting Church.
Jenkins’ Requiem combines the traditional Latin liturgical structure with his trademark ethnic elements – in this case five Japanese poems about death. The Dies Irae is particularly unique, driven by percussion with the choir singing a hip hop triplet rhythm over the top.
Hear Jenkins talk about the work below.
The Requiem promises to be a moving way to engage with Good Friday. It will be performed by Camerata 1685 conducted by Jangoo Chapkhana.
10am Trinity Uniting Church
72 St George’s Terrace