Sun 7 Mar 2004
Classics Spark Hot Sales Streak
Anita Singh, Showbusiness Editor, PA News
music is enjoying a renaissance with sales up by 1 million
last year, according to figures published today.
singer Hayley Westenra led the revival with her album
Pure, the top-selling classical album of 2003.
baritone Bryn Terfel had the second-biggest seller in
a year which saw classical sales top £65 million
8% up on 2002.
annual figures were released by the British Phonographic
show that young stars like Hayley have increased the appeal
of classical music, along with the increasing number of
chill-out style compilations.
of the top 10 are compilations, with titles such as Smooth
Classics Do Not Disturb. Andrea Bocelli and Aled Jones
also feature in the top 10.
recorded Pure when she was just 15 and is being tipped
as one of the great classical music stars.
New Zealander was talent spotted in a school production
when she was just six.
in September, her album went double platinum in just three
months and has sold close to 600,000 copies in the UK.
growing appeal of classical music amongst a new and younger
audience is reflected in the success of radio station
Classic FM, which now has over 6 million listeners.
chairman Peter Jamieson said: In 2003 the classical record
industry bounced back with a whole range of exciting artists
and innovative compilations which brought classical music
to new audiences.
20 Classical Albums 2004:
Pure Hayley Westenra
Bryn Bryn Terfel
The Number One Classical Album 2003 Various
Viaggio Italiano Andrea Bocelli
Smooth Classics Do Not Disturb Various
The Very Best of Relaxing Classics Various
Classical Chillout Gold Various
The Very Best of Classical Chillout Gold Various
Higher Aled Jones
The Opera Band Amici Forever
Thomas Crosbie Media, 2004.
advised by Roger Mansbridge