On 13 June 2018 the Classic BRIT Awards will return for the first time since 2013. Held at the Royal Albert Hall, the awards recognise excellence, achievement and success in classical music and other classic musical genres.
The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 will be hosted by Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong and, as well as the ceremony, the audience will see live performances from leading classical musicians from across the globe. If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch it on ITV1 on 17 June.
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Dame Vera Lynn
Dame Vera Lynn, who will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement award, has been nominated for both Album of the Year and Female Artist of the Year.
The Ayoub Sisters
The Scottish sisters, who have been praised by the likes of Mark Ronson for their cover of Uptown Funk, are nominated for Group of the Year.
Leading Ladies, featuring singer Beverley Knight, have been nominated for the Classic FM Album of the Year award for Songs From The Stage.
One to watch, saxophonist Jess Gillam won the Woodwind final of BBC Young Musican of the Year in 2016.
Pianist Ayşedeniz Gökçin has performed an array beautiful covers which can be found on YouTube.
Ethel Smyth was born in 1858 and was a key figure in the women’s suffrage movement. She is now a key figure in British Classical music history.
Alice Mary Smith
English composer Alice Mary Smith wrote her first symphony, in C minor, at the age of 24 which was performed by the Musical Society of London in 1863.
A more avant-garde composer, Samantha Fernando paints pictures with her music.
Hannah Kendall draws you in with the sheer weight of her compositions.
Myleene Klass, one of the presenters of this year’s Classic BRIT Awards, comes from six generations of musicians. She has spoken up about the importance of classical music and how it shouldn’t be elitist.