Classic Brit Awards

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The Classic Brit Awards
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Awarded forExcellence in classical music
CountryUnited Kingdom
Presented by British Phonographic Industry
Formerly calledClassical BRIT Awards
First awarded2000
Website www.classicbrits.co.uk
Television/radio coverage
Network ITV

The Classic BRIT Awards (previously Classical BRIT Awards) are an annual awards ceremony held in the United Kingdom covering aspects of classical and crossover music, and are the equivalent of popular music's Brit Awards.

Popular music is music with wide appeal that is typically distributed to large audiences through the music industry. These forms and styles can be enjoyed and performed by people with little or no musical training. It stands in contrast to both art music and traditional or "folk" music. Art music was historically disseminated through the performances of written music, although since the beginning of the recording industry, it is also disseminated through recordings. Traditional music forms such as early blues songs or hymns were passed along orally, or to smaller, local audiences.

Brit Awards British pop music awards

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The awards are organised by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and were inaugurated in 2000 "in recognition of the achievements of classical musicians and the growth of classical music sales in the UK." The ceremony takes place in the Royal Albert Hall each May.

British Phonographic Industry organization

The BPI Limited, commonly known as the British Phonographic Industry or BPI, is the British recorded music industry's trade association.

Royal Albert Hall concert hall on the northern edge of South Kensington, London

The Royal Albert Hall is a concert hall on the northern edge of South Kensington, London, and is one of the UK's most treasured and distinctive buildings. The Hall is a registered charity held in trust for the nation, and receives no public or government funding. It can seat 5,267.

The event combines live performances with specially commissioned awards presented throughout the evening.

Voting for the awards is done by "an academy of industry executives, the media, the British Association of Record Dealers (BARD), members of the Musicians Union, lawyers, promoters, and orchestra leaders," except for "Album of the Year" which is voted for by listeners of Classic FM.

Classic FM is one of the United Kingdom's three Independent National Radio stations. The station broadcasts classical music.

Since 2011, the ceremony has been known as "Classic BRIT Awards". After a five-year hiatus following the 2013 ceremony, the Classic BRIT Awards returned with a ceremony broadcast from the Royal Albert Hall on 13 June 2018. [1] It was subsequently revealed that the Classic BRIT Awards will become a bi-annual event, with the next ceremony to be held in 2020. [2]

Awards

2000

Friday 5 May 2000. Hosted by Sir Trevor McDonald.

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Bryn Terfel Welsh bass-baritone

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2001

Thursday 31 May 2001. Hosted by Katie Derham.

Angela Gheorghiu Romanian opera soprano

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Nigel Kennedy British-born violinist and violist

Nigel Kennedy is an English violinist and violist. He made his early career in the classical field, and has more recently performed in jazz, klezmer and other music genres.

Russell Watson English tenor

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2002

Wednesday 22 May 2002.

2003

Thursday 22 May 2003. Hosted by Katie Derham.

2004

Wednesday 26 May 2004. Hosted by Katie Derham.

2005

Wednesday 25 May 2005. Hosted by Lesley Garrett.

2006

Thursday 4 May 2006. Hosted by Michael Parkinson.

2007

Thursday 3 May 2007. Hosted by Fern Britton.

2008

Thursday 8 May 2008. Hosted by Myleene Klass.

2009

Thursday 14 May 2009. Hosted by Myleene Klass.

2010

Thursday 13 May 2010. Hosted by Myleene Klass.

2011

Thursday 12 May 2011. Hosted by Myleene Klass.

2012

Tuesday 2 October 2012. Hosted by Myleene Klass.

2013

Wednesday 2 October 2013. Hosted by Myleene Klass.

2018

Wednesday 13 June 2018. Hosted by Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong

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References

  1. Kennedy, Maev (23 March 2018). "Classic Brit awards to make comeback after five-year absence" via www.theguardian.com.
  2. http://www.musicweek.com/media/read/no-classic-brits-for-2019-event-will-return-in-2020/075532