Classic BRIT Awards 2012 - new statuette, performers and lifetime achievement recipient revealed

Tina Hart
Classic Brit Awards 2012

The initial details for the Classic BRIT Awards 2012 ceremony have been revealed.


Taking place on October 2, 2012 at the Royal Albert Hall the gala evening will feature a salute to the work of one of the most prolific and globally-recognised composers of all time - John Williams, whose work includes Fiddler On The Roof, Jaws, Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, ET, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Schindler’s List, Harry Potter and most recently War Horse.


The BPI, the UK’s recorded music association, announced today (August 21) that the Classic BRIT Awards 2012 will honour the five-time Oscar winner and legendary soundtrack composer with the Lifetime Achievement award.


Widely considered the most respected composer of film music in modern history, John Williams, now aged 80, has had a career spanning over six decades. With his first album release in 1960 (music to accompany the motion picture Checkmate) the world famous composer has produced 130 studio albums, 49 compilation albums and 23 singles.


He has won numerous accolades including five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven BAFTA Awards and 21 Grammys. With a total of 47 Academy Award nominations the composer is the second most nominated person ever, after Walt Disney. Williams became the composer of choice for Steven Spielberg, and has scored all but two of his movies.


Co-chairmen of the Classic BRIT Awards committee, Dickon Stainer, president of Decca Records and Barry McCann, Avie Records director said: “For many, the first introduction to large-scale orchestral music was a cinematic experience. From the film scores of William Walton, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Erich Korngold and others to the modern day composer, their sheer emotive power has thrilled audiences for decades.


“John Williams has crafted some of the most memorable film scores for over half a century and we are delighted that he has kindly accepted the Lifetime Achievement award in honour of his fine work.”


Now in it’s thirteenth year, Classic BRIT Awards broadened the event in 2011 to include musical theatre and film score composition. The result was a show with performances by the cast of Les Misérables and the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey in tribute to John Barry, a combination that saw The Classic BRIT Awards double its viewing figures compared to the previous year, making it one of the most viewed shows in the history of the event.


Confirmed performers for the 2012 ceremony so far include the chart-topping, multi-million selling Dutch violinist, conductor and composer André Rieu with the Johann Strauss Orchestra, tenor Andrea Bocelli returning to the Classic BRIT Awards stage for the first time since 2008 and previous Classic BRIT Award winner (Young British Classical Performer 2008) British Violinist Nicola Benedetti. These performances are in addition to a special celebration of the work of John Williams.


For the first time in the history of the event, winners will be presented with a newly-designed Classic BRIT Award statuette presented in polished black chrome mirroring the Hollywood glamour theme of this year’s show.


The event will be hosted by Myleene Klass for the fifth consecutive year. It will be broadcast on ITV1 in October.


The nominations for the Classic BRIT Awards 2012 will be announced on September 6 at London’s Savoy Hotel. Hosted by Classic FM’s Margherita Taylor, the nominations launch will feature performances from classically trained vocal quartet Amore, Australian saxophonist Amy Dickson and chart-topping American tenor Noah Stewart.


Reflecting the evolution in music buying in the UK, the Classic BRIT Awards 2012 will include the award for Classical Single of the Year for the first time in the history of the show. A public voted award, the Classical Single of the Year will celebrate the fact that during the past twelve months over one million classical singles have been bought or downloaded in the UK.


The Classic BRIT Awards plays a major role in supporting and nurturing talent in both the core and crossover classical world. The event was established in 2000 to honour and recognise all forms of classical music from contemporary to crossover, opera to soundtracks, traditional to theatre and has continued to evolve as classical music has once again become a major seller in the music world.


The Classic BRIT (British Record Industry Trust) Awards is organised by the BPI – the British recorded music industry association - which has over 400 record company members large and small who between them account for in excess of 90% of UK recorded music sales.


The Classic BRIT Awards has so far raised more than £14m million for The BRIT Trust charity, whose main beneficiaries are the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology www.brit.croydon.sch.uk, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk and other selected charities which match the mission criteria.


Over 8,000 young people have been given free education and the opportunity to enter the BRIT School since its opening in 1991 and more than 10,000 children and adults have been helped by the extraordinary music therapy work carried out by Nordoff-Robbins.


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