Last night saw the return of the Classic BRIT Awards 2018 after a four year break. The awards took place at the Royal Albert Hall and were hosted by Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong. The audience were entertained by performances from a number of musicians including pianist Beatrice Rana, mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins OBE (her first performance since having her second child) and opera singer Pretty Yende who teamed up with the pianist and composer Alexis Ffrench.
The Classic BRIT Awards celebrate music from the worlds of classical, film, television, theatre and games. Just three (or 27%) of the 11 accolades were won by women.
Female Artist of the Year
Sound of Classical 2018
Lifetime Achievement Award
Dame Vera Lynn
Dame Vera Lynn took away the Lifetime Achievement Award at the age of 101. ‘It’s humbling to receive accolades and I’m delighted that people still enjoy my music all these years later,’ she said, ‘I never really considered what I’d be doing at this stage of my life. However, it was definitely a wonderful surprise to be honoured by the Classic BRIT Awards this year.’
20-year-old Jess Gillam, who was the first saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of the BBC Young Musician 2016, took away the award for Sound of Classical 2018. In its first year, the new award calls on classical artists aged 13-30. Jess Gillam, along with four other shortlisted finalists, was featured during a special Sound of Classical Poll week on Classic FM.
Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said: ‘We congratulate all The Classic BRITs winners on their deserved awards, which reflect classic music in all its diversity… Classic music is evolving and embracing the opportunities that the streaming era offers to connect with new fans.’
You can watch The Classic BRIT Awards on ITV at 10.30pm Sunday 17 June
A full list of the winners can be found here: classicbrits.co.uk/news/classic-brit-awards-winners-2018