21st April, 2004_

News Menu Button Hayley Hits Right Note with Two Brit Nominations

By Anita Singh, Showbusiness Editor, PA News

Teen soprano Hayley Westenra and opera star Bryn Terfel lead the way at this year’s Classical Brit Awards with two nominations each, it was announced tonight.

Westenra, aged just 17, is nominated for female artist of the year.

She is up against Italian opera singer Cecilia Bartoli, 37, and Marin Alsop, the 46-year-old American conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Westenra’s multi-million selling album Pure is nominated for album of the year.

Released in September last year, it was the top-selling classical album of 2003 and has sold around 600,000 copies in the UK alone.

Bryn Terfel’s album, titled Bryn, is nominated in the same category.

The Welsh baritone is pitted against violinist Nigel Kennedy and conductor Sir Colin Davis for male artist of the year.

The album longlist is dominated by populist performers and household names.

Former Hear’say star Myleene Klass, now a classical pianist, is included, as are the winners of Channel 4 show Operatunity, Denise Leigh and Jane Gilchrist.

Other nominees in the album category include Aled Jones, Lesley Garrett, Luciano Pavarotti and “the world’s first opera band”, Amici Forever.

The album award will be voted for by Classic FM listeners and magazine readers, while the rest will be decided by the Academy.

Newsreader Katie Derham will host the awards ceremony from the Royal Albert Hall on May 26.


Album of the Year

Aled 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

Myleene Klass – Moving On

Contemporary Music Award

Gidon Kremer – Happy Birthday

John Rutter – Distant Land

Phillip Glass – The Hours

Female Artist of the Year

Cecilia Bartoli

Hayley Westenra

Marin Alsop


Male Artist of the Year

Bryn Terfel

Sir Colin Davis

Nigel Kennedy

Ensemble/Orchestral Album of the Year

John Rutter/RPO – Distant Land

New College Oxford Choir/Edward Higginbottom – Bach, St John Passion

Sir Simon Rattle/VPO – Beethoven Symphonies

Young British Classical Performer

Catrin Finch

Colin Currie

Daniel Hope

Critics Award

LSO/Mariss Jansons – Mahler, Symphony no 6

Sir Simon Rattle/VPO – Beethoven Symphonies

Maxim Vengerov/LSO/Mstislav Rostropovitch – Britten/Walton Violin Concerto


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