Westenra and Terfel
up for Brits
began singing at an early age
Welsh bass baritone Bryn Terfel and teenage singer Hayley
Westenra lead the nominations for the fifth classical
Brit awards next month. Violinists Nigel Kennedy and Vanessa
Mae, and the world's first opera band Amici Forever will
join the ceremony on 26 May at London's Royal Albert Hall.
news presenter Katie Derham returns for a fourth year
to host the ceremony.
Zealand-born Westenra, 17, has two nominations, as does
Terfel - including one for male artist of the year.
receiving two nominations is composer and conductor John
Rutter, whose Distant Land album is nominated for contemporary
music award and ensemble/orchestral album of the year.
of the awards will be voted for by The Classical Brit
awards voting academy, which includes the media, members
of the Musicians Union, promoters, industry executives
and orchestra leaders.
of Classic FM will be invited to vote for the album of
the year award, and a panel of media will decide the winner
of the critics' award.
of the year (longlist):
Jones - Higher, Amici Forever - The Opera Band, Bryn Terfel
- Bryn, Denise Leigh/Jane Gilchrist - Operatunity, Dominic
Miller - Shapes, Hayley Westenra - Pure, Lesley Garrett
- So Deep Is The Night, Luciano Pavarotti - Ti Adoro,
Ludovico Einaudi - Echoes The Collection, Myleene
Klass - Moving On
Kremer - Happy Birthday, John Rutter - Distant Land, Phillip
Glass - The Hours
artist of the year:
Bartoli, Hayley Westenra, Marin Alsop
artist of the year:
Terfel, Sir Colin Davis, Nigel Kennedy
album of the year:
Rutter/RPO - Distant Land, New College Oxford Choir/Higginbottom
- Bach, St John Passion, Sir Simon Rattle/VPO - Beethoven
British classical performer:
Finch, Colin Currie, Daniel Hope Critics' awards:
: Mahler/Symphony no.6, LSO (Harmonia Mundi), Rattle/VPO
: Beethoven/Complete Symphonies, Vengerov/LSO/Rostropovitch:
contribution to music award: In the gift of the BPI
Council Renée Fleming
News | Infolink thanks to Roger Mansbridge
going to be a helluva night! (26th May, not tonight!)