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Trio to record charity version of Nessun Dorma at Classical Brits

Trio to record charity version of Nessun Dorma at Classical Brits

The trio will perform Nessun Dorma, the aria made famous by the Three Tenors at the 1990 football World Cup, at the 2010 Classical Brits on May 13. It will be conducted and arranged by Classical Brit Nominee Howard Goodall.

The Classical Brits airs on ITV1 from 10.35pm on Tuesday, May 18. Nessun Dorma will be available for download from all major digital retailers after the broadcast finishes, at midnight. The recording is released by Brit Awards Limited, with Universal /Mercury handling the distribution.

The strategy mirrors that of February's 2010 pop Brits. That saw Dizzee Rascal and Florence + The Machine collaborate on a live mash-up of their hits Dirtee Stank and You've Got The Love - appropriately called You Got The Dirtee Love - which went on sale hours after the awards finished and has sold more than 280,000 copies to date, according to the OCC.

A donation will be made to the Brit Trust from every sale of Nessun Dorma - Live From The Brits until June 18.

Barney Wragg Associates founder Barney Wragg, who has been advising the BPI on building the Brits' online presence, says the single release is a great way to inform classical-music buyers of the opportunities that buying music online offers.

"We are trying to show that the industry has really embraced digital and is driving it forward," he says. "It also educates people about classical music itself."

BPI CEO Geoff Taylor says that Nessun Dorma is set to be a memorable performance at the Classical Brits. "If the nation takes the song, performed by this superb fresh classical talent, into their hearts for this year's World Cup we can hope to reprise the success of the song 20 years on," he adds.

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