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Sir Karl Jenkins 'honoured' to receive Freedom of Swansea

Sir Karl Jenkins, Wales' greatest living composer, has today received the highest honour his home city of Swansea can bestow.

Sir Karl

The Penclawdd-born musician, who is one of the most performed artists in the world today, has been granted Honorary Freedom of Swansea during a ceremony at the Brangwyn Hall.

Sir Karl follows in the footsteps of former US President Jimmy Carter, Euro 2016 Wales football manager Chris Coleman, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and armed forces units with links to the city including The Welsh Guards, HMS Scott and 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, in receiving the honour.

Sir Karl said: "This is a massive honour for me. A few years back I was given the Freedom of the City of London but this means so much more to me. Growing up Swansea was always my home town and then, in 1969, it became my home city. I feel privileged to be so honoured."

Sir Karl, a former pupil at Gowerton Grammar School who progressed through the Glamorgan Youth Orchestra and National Youth of Orchestra of Wales, has won world-wide acclaim, selling millions of albums around the globe.

He is known for his 'Adiemus' sound while his famous  'The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace' has been performed on average of twice a week since it premiered back in 1999. It has been in the UK classical charts for 15 years and is one of many compositions which has helped secure his place in Classic FM's Hall of Fame.

Cllr Clive Lloyd, Deputy Leader of Swansea Council, said: "Throughout his distinguished career Sir Karl has been a true ambassador for Swansea and he has always been passionate about supporting our city's thriving arts and cultural life.

"It is only right that Swansea Council recognises this contribution I'm very proud that he was here today to accept this honour which received unanimously support from all our members."

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