The Classic BRIT Awards is set to return for the first time in five years on June 13 at the Royal Albert Hall. The event will be reformatted and refreshed to celebrate both classical and music from the worlds of film, television, theatre and games.
The first performers for the event have been confirmed as Andrea Bocelli, Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, Sir Bryn Terfel and Tokio Myers. As part of the launch announcement, the Classic BRIT Awards have also revealed this year’s hosts will be Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong. Apple Music has been named as the official music service for this year’s awards.
Dame Vera Lynn will also be the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Classic BRIT Awards will be exclusively broadcast on ITV in partnership with Classic FM. As radio media partner, Classic FM will be promoting The Classic BRIT Awards to its 5.7 million weekly listeners on-air, on ClassicFM.com and on social media, with exclusive artist performances and video interviews recorded backstage. From 9am on the day of the awards show, Classic FM will broadcast live from the Royal Albert Hall, giving listeners unrivalled access to this spectacular classical music event.
Speaking about the ceremony, Geoff Taylor, chief executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said: “We want to celebrate outstanding British music in all its forms, so I am thrilled that we can announce the return of the Classic BRITs to its home at the Royal Albert Hall in partnership with ITV and Classic FM. The Awards are coming back with a new format that will not only honour outstanding classical artists and exceptional new talent, but will pay tribute to classic music from a wide range of genres. Classic music is fast-growing its reach on streaming services and on radio, with exciting new stars such as Sheku and Tokio Myers bringing in new fans. It is the perfect time to be relaunching the Classic BRITs to celebrate the contribution this wonderful music makes to our lives.”
We want to celebrate outstanding British music in all its forms
Myleene Klass added: “I am incredibly excited and honoured to have been invited to host the Classic BRITs again. Classical music is my world. I can’t remember a time when it wasn’t in my life. It’s wonderful to see this genre of music getting the platform it deserves and important the new generation of artists coming up through the ranks are represented too alongside the more established artists we all know and love."
The Classic BRIT Awards’ agenda also includes the launch of The Sound Of Classical poll to promote the best emerging artists and ones-to-watch in classical music. The winner, aged 30 or under, will be chosen by an expert panel and revealed at the ceremony in June.
Entries are open from today (March 23) until May 20th. Find more information at classicbrits.co.uk .