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Classical Brit Awards 2003

The Classical Brits, now in its fourth year, played host to some of the world's most renowned artists as well as an equally large handful of acts that veered decidedly towards the pop end of the spectrum.

Scantily clad Bond opened the evening's events with a set that proved more memorable in terms of fashion faux pas than anything else. Amongst other artists present was former pop star Mylene Klass, who was keeping a lid on the contents of her new album due out in October. Klass, former band member of Hear'Say said she had received "positive" reactions to her transition from the world of pop to the classical arena, and cited the pop influences present as helping classical music to "appeal to a younger audience". Sting also made an appearance on stage, supporting his long-term guitarist Dominic Miller who was there to perform tracks from his own solo album, Shapes.

When it came to the awards it was the more traditional artists who stole the show. Andrea Bocelli scooped two awards for Male Artist and Album of the Year, and gave a moving performance along side Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel. Cecila Bartoli received this year's Outstanding Contribution to Music Award and repaid listeners with a sprightly performance of "Anchil mar par che sommerga".

Other winners of the night were Renee Fleming for Female Artist of the Year, Avro Part for the Contemporary music award and Sir Simon Rattle for Ensemble of the Year with his recording of Mahler's 5th Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. There was also an injection of fresh young talent with Chloe Hanslip winning the Young British Classical Performer category at the modest age of fifteen. Other young talents performed at the ceremony, including Aled Jones and up-and-coming Australian singer, Hayley Westenra.

Although the glamour of awards ceremonies always attracts attention, there is increasing frustration throughout the industry as substance is all too often substituted for sparkle. As endeavours to shed the genre's pompous and inaccessible image attract accusations of dumbing-down, the Classical Brits continues to receive mixed reviews.

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Nominees & Winners

Album of the Year:
Aled Jones - Aled
Andrea Bocelli - Sentimento (Winner)
Sir Simon Rattle & BPO - Mahler's 5th Symphony
Bond - Shine
Lesley Garrett - The Singer
Operababes - Beyond Imagination
RPO & Tolga Kashif - The Queen Symphony
RSNO/Rutter/Lloyd-Jones - Holst/The Planets
Russell Watson - Reprise
The Planets - Classical Graffiti

Contemporary Music Award
Avro Part - Orient & Occident (Winner)
Howard Shore - Teh Lord of the Rings
John Williams - Star Wars/Harry Potter

Female Artist of the Year
Chloe Hanslip
Magdelana Kozena
Renee Fleming (Winner)

Male Artist of the Year
Andrea Bocelli (Winner)
Sir Colin Davis
Sir Simon Rattle

Ensemble/Orchestral Album of the Year
BPO & Sir Simon Rattle - Mahler's 5th Symphony
LSO/Rostropovich - Shostakovich, Symphony No. 11
RSNO/Rutter/Lloyd-Jones - Holst/The Planets

Young British Classical Performer
Chloe Hanslip
Colin Currie
Paul Lewis

Critics Award
BPO & Sir Simon Rattle - Mahler's 5th Symphony
Murray Perahia - Chopin Etudes Opus 10, Opus 25
Musica Antiqua Koln/Goebel - Bachiana

Outstanding Contribution to Music Award
Cecilia Bartoli

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