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Karl Jenkinsí Birthday Gala has the X Factor     

Karl Jenkinsí Birthday Gala has the X Factor X FACTOR favourite Rhydian Roberts will join Wales’ greatest living composer Karl Jenkins as he celebrates his 65th birthday at a special all-Welsh concert at the Wales Millennium Centre.

The singer has been confirmed as a special guest at the gala evening on Saturday 14 November 2009 . The concert is an all-Welsh celebration of Jenkins’ work and is being staged in association with the National Assembly for Wales to mark; the tenth anniversary of devolution in Wales and Wales Millennium Centre’s fifth birthday.

The concert will feature the premiere of Jenkins’ new work, which has been specially commissioned to mark the a decade of devolution in Wales. It will be introduced by the National Assembly’s Presiding Officer, Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, AM.

The evening will also feature some of Jenkins’ best known works, including excerpts from the million-selling album Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary, Requiem and The Armed Man . There will also be performances from international soprano Rebecca Evans, harpist Catrin Finch and singer Elin Fflur.

The birthday celebration is particularly fitting as Karl Jenkins wrote the anthem for the Wales Millennium Centre’s opening five years ago.

Rhydian, who was runner-up 2007’s ‘X Factor’, has recently been working with Karl Jenkins on his new album, which will be released on 30 November 2009 and also features harpist Catrin Finch.

The Sennybridge singer said: “It’s a real privilege to be invited to perform at such a landmark concert at one of Wales’ most iconic centres.”

“It’s been thoroughly enjoyable working with Karl Jenkins on my new album. To be able to share in his birthday celebrations with the people of Wales is a great honour. And it’s a great personal achievement for me to follow in the footsteps of Wales’ great performers by taking part in the Wales Millennium Centre’s fifth birthday celebrations.”

Ticket information
To book tickets call the ticket and information line on 08700 40 2000 or visit www.wmc.org. Tickets range from £15 to £35.
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