'It has captured the essence of classic music': Classic BRITs 2018 nominations revealed

'It has captured the essence of classic music': Classic BRITs 2018 nominations revealed

The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 has revealed nominations for the revived ceremony this summer, including a new category for Soundtrack Of The Year. The Greatest Showman, the biggest album release of 2018, will be up against Hans Zimmer for his multiple nominations.

The Classic BRITs takes place at the Royal Albert Hall on June 13. It will also be screened on ITV. 

Dame Vera Lynn has landed two nominations for the awards, as well as being the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Other multiple nominees include Sheridan Smith and Michael Ball & Alfie Boe. The Decca duo have sold more than a million copies of their two albums. Classic BRIT Awards co-host Alexander Armstrong also receives two nominations. 

The younger generation of classical talent is recognised, with nominations for Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Tokio Myers and Tina Guo, who released an album of video game music.

Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said: “The nominations for this year’s Classic BRIT Awards have captured the essence of classic music in all its exciting and diverse forms.  From operatic traditions to contemporary classical and from film and games soundtracks to musicals, all forms of classic music and the artists that bring it to life will be celebrated at this year’s awards.  I am also thrilled that British music legend Dame Vera Lynn is honoured as our Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.”

Ten artists will compete in the Classic FM Album Of The Year category.

Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s managing editor, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with the Classic BRITs once again, and to host the voting for the Classic FM Album of the Year. With 5.7 million listeners, Classic FM is the UK’s biggest classical music radio station, and we’re looking forward to reflecting all the excitement ahead of what’s set to be a great night.”

The Classic BRIT Awards has been revived after five years with a new approach that will celebrate the growing appeal of classical and music from film, television, theatre and games.

Armstrong will host the awards alongside Myleene Klass. 

The nominations are below 

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Beatrice Rana Bach/Goldberg Variations (Warner Classics/Warner)
Renée Fleming Distant Light (Decca/Universal)
Sheridan Smith Sheridan (Rhino/Warner)
Tina Guo Game On (Masterworks/Sony)
Dame Vera Lynn 100 (Decca/Universal)

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Alexander Armstrong – In A Winter Light (Rhino/Warner)
Jonas Kaufmann – L’Opera (Sony Classical/Sony)
Max Richter – Three Worlds - Music From Woolf Works (DG/Decca/Universal)
Sheku Kanneh-Mason – Inspiration (Decca/Universal)
Tokio Myers – Our Generation (Syco Music/Sony)

CLASSIC BRITs BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR (identified by a panel of judges drawn from across the Industry)
Tokio Myers

GROUP OF THE YEAR
2Cellos – Score (Masterworks/Sony)
Ayoub Sisters – The Ayoub Sisters (Decca/Universal)
Michael Ball & Alfie Boe – Together Again (Decca/Universal)
Cecilia Bartoli & Sol Gabetta – Dolce Duello (Decca/Universal)
Jools Holland & Jose Feliciano - As You See Me Now (Rhino/Warner)

SOUNDTRACK OF THE YEAR
Hans Zimmer – Dunkirk – OST (Sony Classical/Sony)
Hans Zimmer/ Benjamin Wallfisch – Blade Runner 2049 – OST (Epic/Sony)
Hans Zimmer/Jacob Shea/David Fleming – Blue Planet II – OST (Silva Screen)
John Debney/Joseph Trapanese – The Greatest Showman – OST (Atlantic/Warner)
Olafur Arnalds – Broadchurch – The Final Chapter – OST (Mercury KX/Universal)

CLASSIC FM ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Alexander Armstrong - In A Winter Light (East West)
Andre Rieu - Amore (Decca/Universal)
Bradley Walsh - When You’re Smiling (Sony Music CG)
Jools Holland & Jose Feliciano - As You See Me Now (East West/Rhino)
Leading Ladies - Songs From The Stage (East West/Rhino)
Michael Ball & Alfie Boe - Together Again (Decca/Universal RPO/Roy Orbison – A Love So Beautiful (Sony Music CG)
Sheridan Smith – Sheridan (Rhino/Warner)
Tokio Myers – Our Generation (Syco Music/Sony)
Dame Vera Lynn – 100 (Decca/Universal)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Dame Vera Lynn

Further categories to be announced:

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
CRITICS’ CHOICE WITH APPLE MUSIC
SOUND OF CLASSICAL 2018
CLASSIC BRITs ICON 2018

 

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