An Evening With Eric Cantona

An Evening With Eric Cantona

An Evening With Eric Cantona

One of the most influential footballers of all time takes to the stage in October for a handful of selected UK dates.

From October 24th to November 2nd Eric Cantona plays ten dates only in London, Nottingham, Birmingham , Nottingham, Belfast, Dublin and Salford.

Eric Cantona is known not just for his skilful footwork and adept acting skills but also his timely utterances. He always has something to say – and he never disappoints.

Indeed, his reputation for the enigmatic bon mot has merely added to the lustre of the man that Manchester United supporters still call The King. (They even have their own Cantona song to regale him with whenever he visits the ground – and still regularly sing it when he doesn’t.)

To expect the evening to revolve round football and the inside stories from the clubs he’s played for will be par for the course.  Eric will discuss his favourite players and why, the reason he retired at the peak of his career and what it was about Manchester that he loved. He’ll talk about what it was like making the Ken Loach movie, Looking For Eric.

But Eric Cantona promises to deliver much more. He’ll spill the beans (he’s just not sure yet which ones) and then some. As the man himself says:

“I am really looking forward to coming to the UK to talk onstage. I have lots of stories to tell about my days at the greatest club of all, my beloved Manchester United with the best fans in the world.

 

You can expect a look back at my United career with a replaying of a few of my goals on the big screen and I’ll be sharing what they meant to me at the time.

 

I’ve also got a lot to say about my favorite manager Sir Alex and the five years we spent together, hard to believe it’s over 20 years ago.”

Generally considered to be Sir Alex Ferguson’s master signing, Eric Cantona is thought to be the missing link that transformed Manchester United into the best team of the premier league to date. He became the most popular United player of all time .

Many of his old football friends are expected to attend the shows – and Cantona says he can’t wait.

 

I hope to see many of my old friends while I’m there. And one thing I promise, every night will be a bit different – even I don’t know exactly what I will say.  It’s going to be fun.” 

 

It took five years for promoters A1 Sporting Speakers to persuade Eric to do some shows in February 2017. But now the star says he feels the time is right to return because he enjoyed last year so much.

 

Promoter Terry Baker of A1 explains “We tried to get Eric to do this for years and we were absolutely thrilled when he finally agreed last year. His career has been truly remarkable and we’re delighted to be able to bring him back to Britain this year and give fans the opportunity to spend time with the man himself. It will be a unique insight into one of the greatest players the game has ever known.”

 

With every performance taking the form of an hour’s informal interview each date promises to be informative, revealing and compellingly original – a must for football fans everywhere.

 

Tickets are available at various prices and on sale from all venues, details and standard ticket prices are as follows. (All tickets subject to admin fee.)

 

For all shows there is also a special VIP ticket available for £200 (giving a seat in the front few rows and the chance to have a photo with Eric) and a few very special VVIP experiences for £500. (Providing a front row seat, a champagne reception with Eric and a large professionally taken photo with him, signed and framed.)

 VIP and VVIP tickets are available from www.a1sportingmemorabilia.co.uk and 07973 387294

THOUSANDS OF PARTY-GOERS JOIN REWIND FESTIVAL’S SOLD-OUT 10TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS IN  HENLEY-ON-THAMES

THOUSANDS OF PARTY-GOERS JOIN REWIND FESTIVAL’S SOLD-OUT 10TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS IN HENLEY-ON-THAMES

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OMD, KOOL & THE GANG, KIM WILDE, JASON DONOVAN, JIMMY SOMERVILLE, SHALAMAR and many more stars performed

Twenty thousand people turned up each day of Rewind Festival‘s sold-out 10th birthday celebrations (17 – 19 August) at Temple Island Meadows in Henley-on-Thames, making this the biggest Rewind South yet. Colourful and costumed festival-goers arrived by the boatful to watch music icons like OMD, Kool & The Gang, Kim Wilde, Jason Donovan, Jimmy Somerville play back-to-back hits on the main stage.

Henley-on-Thames is the birthplace of Rewind. Many of the stars who performed at the very first Rewind returned to the stage this weekend including Midge Ure, Howard Jones, Nik Kershaw,  Billy Ocean, Heaven 17, T’Pau, China Crisis, Doctor & The Medics and Toyah Willcox. Since its inception in 2009, the hugely popular 80s music festival has seen over 140 acts perform and grew to include Rewind Scotland in 2011 and Rewind North in 2014.

Funk and soul legends Kool & The Gang headlined Saturday night at Rewind South, getting people of all generations on their feet and dancing to their classics ‘Celebration’, ‘Get Down On It’, ‘Ladies Night’ and ‘Cherish’. Billy Ocean took a moment from his set to pay tribute to the late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin with a rendition of ‘I Say A Little Prayer For You’. Screams reached fever pitch when 80s heartthrob Jason Donovan hit the stage to perform his pop hits ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’ and ‘Especially For You’. Nik Kershaw is testament that great songs live forever, with ‘The Riddle’ and ‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’ sounding just as good today as they did the first time we heard it. Nik brought out Chesney Hawkes to duet on ‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’ before Chesney led the crowd on a lung-busting sing-along to his signature tune ‘The One and Only’.

Midge Ure thrilled with killer performances of ‘Vienna’, ‘Fade to Grey’ and ‘Dancing With Tears In My Eyes’ while Marc Almond took us back with ‘Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go’ and ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’. Shalamar brought a burst of R&B and disco into the mix with ‘A Night to Remember’ and ‘I Can Make You Feel Good’, and Howard Jones served up great portions of synth-pop including ‘What Is Love?’ and ‘Like To Get To Know You Well’. Earlier in the day, From The Jam opened the main stage with an electrifying set, quickly followed by The Orchestra (former members of ELO) who got the crowd warmed up with classics like ‘Evil Woman’ and ‘Xanadu’.

On Sunday, Rewind South closed its 10th birthday celebration with a bang. Crowd favourites OMD blazed through a breathless hour-long set of all their best-loved records like ‘Enola Gay’, ‘Tesla Girls’, ‘Joan of Arc’ and many more. It was high spirits and even higher notes with Jimmy Somerville and the Rewind Big Band getting the crowd dancing to ‘Smalltown Boy’ and disco classics ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ and ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’, which he performed with Sarah Jane Morris of The Communards. Pop-rock queen Kim Wilde was a force of nature, strutting across the main stage with ‘Kids in America’, ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’ and ‘Pop Don’t Stop’ from her new album “Here Come The Aliens”. Roachford, China Crisis and Paul Carrack provided the perfect soundtrack to a summery Sunday afternoon. Carrack performed classics from his illustrious career including ‘Over My Should’ (Mike + The Mechanics) and ‘Tempted’ (Squeeze). Elsewhere Heaven 17, Roland Gift, T’Pau, Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins, Doctor & The Medics kept the hit machine going.

Ten thousand campers turned up to Temple Island Meadows for Rewind’s three-day celebration. The Riverside Stage was a popular hot spot with Neville Staple performing on Friday night, and The Best of Wham! and the Rock Choir on Saturday and Sunday. The Forever Stage hosted comedy by Milton Jones, Vikki Stone and David Morgan, as well as Rhythm of the 90s and a DJ set by Martin Kemp on Sunday night. Inside the Disco Den, the Ultimate Silent Disco, Bang Bang’s Big Breakfast, Musical Bingo, John Leather’s 80s Movie Disco and Guilty Pleasures Presents! were also big hits.

The blissful weekend was compered by Toyah Willcox and The Doctor of Doctor & The Medics with DJ Massaoke keeping the tunes and sing-alongs going strong between the main stage performances, getting everyone hyped with some of the biggest 80s hits. Festival-goers also enjoyed a selection of local craft beers from the Ale Collective stand, merry tunes in the Cocktails & Keys piano bar, and yoga sessions in the relaxing Unwind zone.

Rewind Festival returns in 2019 at the following dates: Rewind Scotland (Scone Palace, Perth) 19 – 21 July, Rewind North (Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire) 2 – 4 August, and Rewind South (Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames) 16 – 18 August.

Follow Rewind Festival:

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Twitter: @rewindfestival

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Press contact – Outside Organisation

David Lim – david.lim@outside-org.co.uk

Corinna Ingram – corinna.ingram@outside-org.co.uk

THE JACKSONS, OMD, MARC ALMOND, BILLY OCEAN AND MANY MORE STARS BRING THE PARTY TO REWIND NORTH, CHESHIRE

THE JACKSONS, OMD, MARC ALMOND, BILLY OCEAN AND MANY MORE STARS BRING THE PARTY TO REWIND NORTH, CHESHIRE

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THE JACKSONS, OMD, MARC ALMOND, BILLY OCEAN AND MANY MORE STARS BRING THE PARTY TO REWIND NORTH, CHESHIRE

The Jacksons, OMD, Marc Almond, Billy Ocean and many more stars brought the party to Rewind North in celebration of the festival’s 10th anniversary. More than 15,000 people turned up to Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire over the weekend, rocking colourful and iconic looks from the 80s. This is the festival’s fifth year on the tranquil country estate with its biggest turn out yet.

Saturday night’s headliners The Jacksons showed why they are still the ultimate showmen, dazzling with great energy and even more dazzling jackets. The hit-filled set included ‘Can You Feel It’, ‘Blame It On The Boogie’, ‘Rock With You’ and a nod to their late father Joe and brother Michael with an emotional performance of ‘I’ll Be There’. Elsewhere, the big hits kept coming with Marc Almond taking us back with ‘Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go’ and ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’ – with a few fans spotted in the crowd rocking pink flamingo outfits. Billy Ocean, who was recently honoured with a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement, put on a joyous show with highlights such as ‘Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car’, ‘Caribbean Queen’ and ‘When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going’.

The Undertones opened the main stage on Saturday with fiery energy, rocking out to ‘Teenage Kicks’ as the temperature soared. The afternoon continued with a diverse live music line up featuring Leo Sayer, Howard Jones, Kim Appleby, Tiffany, Captain Sensible, The Fizz and Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel pumping out non-stop hits.

The North West’s very own synth-pop maestros OMD headlined the final night, bringing home wall-to-wall crowd favourites like ‘Enola Gay’, ‘Tesla Girls’, ‘Joan of Arc’, ‘Electricity’ and many more. Elsewhere, continuing the strong theme of electronic music icons, Midge Ure thrilled with killer performances of ‘Vienna’, ‘Fade to Grey’ and ‘Dancing With Tears In My Eyes’, while Heaven 17 matched him with their equally beloved hits ‘Temptation’, ‘(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang’ and their rendition of David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’.

The unstoppable force that is Bonnie Tyler led the crowd on a lung-busting sing-along to her epic hits ‘Holding Out For A Hero’ and ‘Total Eclipse of The Heart’. The seven-member group of Concert Signers, led by Jen Hughes, joined Bonnie on stage to sign along to her hit ‘It’s A Heartache’ for the deaf and hard of hearing. There was plenty of delectable soul and disco-funk tunes to soundtrack the Sunday afternoon, with Hue & Cry kicking off the main stage action with ‘Looking for Linda’ and ‘Labour of Love’ followed by Soul II Soul – led by Jazzie B and Caron Wheeler – taking Rewinders out of their euphoric throwback weekend and ‘Back to Life’. The blistering hot day in Cheshire was also soundtracked by rocking performances by The Boomtown RatsDoctor & The Medics and Wendy James of Transvision Vamps.

More than 6,000 campers arrived at Capesthorne Hall on Friday when Roachford took to the Forever Stage to perform. The Forever Stage, with its own dedicated bar, continued to host a variety of entertainment over the weekend, with comedy by Milton Jones, Mick Ferry and Mrs Barbara Nice, as well as Magic NostalgicRay Guns Look Real Enough, Rhythm of the 90s, Eight Ray Music Presents! and the Rock Choir. Inside the Disco Den, Norman Jay MBE treated party people to an irresistible Northern Funk and Soul set while the Ultimate Silent Disco, Bang Bang’s Big Breakfast, Musical Bingo, John Leather’s 80s Movie Disco and Guilty Pleasures Presents! were also big hits.

The blissful weekend was compered by crowd favourite The Doctor of Doctor & The Medics with DJ Massaoke keeping the tunes and sing-alongs going strong between the main stage performances, getting everyone hyped with some of the biggest 80s hits. Festival-goers also enjoyed a selection of local craft beers from the Ale Collective stand, merry tunes in the Cocktails & Keys piano bar, Crazy Golf, and yoga sessions in the relaxing Unwind zone.

Rewind Festival completes its epic 10th anniversary celebration at Rewind South (17 – 19 August) at Temple Island Meadows, Henley on Thames. Kool & The Gang, OMD, Marc Almond, Kim Wilde, Jason Donovan, Jimmy Somerville and more will be performing – with Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kempdoing a special 80s DJ set, and comedy by Milton JonesVikki Stone and David Morgan in the Forever Stage on Sunday. Tickets and full line up available at rewindfestival.com .

Follow Rewind Festival:

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Twitter: @rewindfestival

Instagram: @rewindfestival
Press contact – Outside Organisation

David Lim – david.lim@outside-org.co.uk

Corinna Ingram – corinna.ingram@outside-org.co.uk

Truck Festival’s 21st year was the longest and best yet

Truck Festival’s 21st year was the longest and best yet

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Truck Festival’s 21st year was the longest and best yet

2018’s Truck Festival ended with a bang and applause as an impressive fireworks display lit up Hill Farm following an astounding performance from Sunday night headliners The Courteeners and a brilliant full weekend of music throughout the festival. The event celebrated its 21st anniversary in style with one of the most incredible lineups in the festivals history which saw Friendly Fires and George Ezra also pulling in the crowds topping the bill on the main stage Friday and Saturday.

It was also the first time in its existence, that the Oxfordshire festival opened its gates an extra day early to avid festival goers on the Thursday – offering an extra day of music and entertainment to kick off the event in style with Thursday headliners coming from Birmingham’s Peace, who took full advantage of their opportunity to be a part of Truck’s history with a scintillating performance in the Market Stage.

Elsewhere off the main stages The Barn which has been a Truck Festival stage since day one and is one of Hill Farm’s most prominent features was taken over by This Feeling one of the UK’s most popular rock’n’roll club nights. The dark, rustic confides of the venue perfectly complimented the raw, fervent acts on show throughout the weekend, a perfect breeding ground for the youthful crowd to continue dancing to the early hours, even Game Of Thrones star Isaac Hempstead Wright was spotted letting loose throughout the weekend. 

REWIND FESTIVAL’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS KICK OFF IN SCOTLAND

REWIND FESTIVAL’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS KICK OFF IN SCOTLAND

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STATUS QUO, OMD, BONNIE TYLER, UB40, THE BOOMTOWN RATS, KICK OFF REWIND FESTIVAL'S 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS IN SCOTLAND

Status Quo, OMD, Bonnie Tyler, UB40, The Boomtown Rats, and a host of beloved music stars kicked off Rewind Festival‘s 10th anniversary celebrations over a blissful, warm weekend in Scotland. More than 15,000 dedicated fans joined the party at the historic Scone Palace in Perth from 20 to 22 July, reliving the biggest hits and fashion statements from the 80s. This party continues this weekend at Rewind North in Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire from 3 to 5 August.

Electronic music maestros OMD headlined Rewind Scotland on the Saturday night, treating the crowd to massive tunes from their four-decade spanning career including favourites ‘Enola Gay’, ‘Electricity’ and ‘If You Leave’. Gipsy Kings brought their flavoursome blend of flamenco and pop sounds, sending hips swaying en masse to their 1987 smash ‘Bambeleo’.

There was no better act to kick off the weekend at Rewind Scotland than Fife punk rockers The Skids, who took to the main stage and got fists pumping to their fiery anthems like ‘Into The Valley’ and ‘Working For The Yankee Dollar’. This is the band’s Rewind debut after releasing their first album in 37 years earlier this year. Frontman Richard Jobson took one look at the thousands of colourful ‘Rewinders’ and said, “We were going to wear some lycra but it wouldn’t fit over our stomachs”.

In one vibrant, genre-spanning Saturday afternoon, festival goers danced and sang their hearts out to hits by Howard JonesRoland Gift and TiffanyKim Appleby pumped out fluorescent Stock Aitken and Waterman-styled bangers like ‘Respectable’ and ‘Showing Out (Get Fresh To The Weekend)’. She told the crowd: “This is my first time singing our songs for Rewind. I have to make my sister proud and to bring you guys joy”. The Weather Girls’ Martha Wash kept the energy high with their disco hit ‘It’s Raining Men’, bringing with her a gust of the Highlands wind for added effects.

Legendary rockers Status Quo closed Rewind with a bang on Sunday night with a breathless set of unforgettable hits. 2018 marks 50 years since the release of The Quo’s debut album and they are going strong as ever. The band, who played Rewind Scotland for the first time, has clocked up over 60 UK chart hits – more than any other rock band. Francis Rossi led ‘Rewinders’ into a lively sing-along to anthems like ‘Whatever You Want’, ‘In The Army Now’, ‘Caroline’, ‘Something ‘Bout You Baby I Like’ and ‘What You’re Proposing’.

Adding to what is unquestionably one of the strongest and most musically diverse Sundays at Rewind Scotland yet were stellar performances by Bonnie Tyler, The Boomtown Rats, Midge Ure, UB40, Heaven 17, Hue & Cry, Imagination and The Selecter.

The unstoppable force that is Bonnie Tyler also made her Perth debut, letting rip with ‘Total Eclipse of The Heart’ and ‘Holding Out For A Hero’. The Boomtown Rats – led by Bob Geldof – dropped a fiery and politically-charged set that got the whole crowd jumping. Synth-pop icons Midge Ure and Heaven 17 thrilled with killer performances of ‘Vienna’, ‘Fade to Grey’ and ‘Dancing With Tears In My Eyes’, and ‘Temptation’ respectively. Reggae pop hitmakers UB40 provided the perfect soundtrack to a warm summer’s day with ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’ and ‘Kingston Town’ while The Selecter brought 2 Tone/ska to the mix. Scotland’s own blue-eyed soul icons Hue & Cry opened the main stage with crowd-pleasers ‘Looking for Linda’, ‘Ordinary Angel’ and ‘Little Man’.

Love was certainly in the air at Scone Palace with two official weddings and a marriage proposal taking place at Rewind Scotland. Michelle Slater and William Colville won a Rewind competition to have their wedding officiated at the hugely popular inflatable chapel while the biggest music stars of the 80s were on stage. On the Friday night, mere hours after Rewind opened its doors to weekend campers, Donna and Joe Milligan also tied the knot on site. On the Sunday afternoon between UB40 and Imagination’s set, Caroline Brown proposed to Christine Mowbray on the main stage. Caroline had convinced Christine that they had won a competition to watch performances from the side of stage when it was revealed that she would actually ask Christine to marry her (she said ‘yes’).

On the Forever Stage, Rewind hosted a comedy line up of Reginald D HunterDaisy Earl and Janey Godley. There was also roof-raising entertainment by HipswayMagic NostalgicRay Guns Look Real Enough, Rhythm of the 90s, Eight Ray Music Presents! and a Rock Choir. Inside the Disco Den, festival goers got involved with UV Ceilidh, Bang Bang’s Big Breakfast, Musical BingoUltimate Silent Disco, John Leather’s 80s Movie Disco, and Guilty Pleasures Presents!.

Between live performances on the main stage, DJ Massaoke kept the crowd’s energy high with lung-busting sing-alongs to some of the biggest 80s hits. Festival-goers also enjoyed a selection of local craft beers from the Ale Collective stand, merry sing-alongs in the Cocktails & Keys piano bar, Crazy Golf, and yoga classes in the relaxing Unwind zone.

Rewind Festival continues its epic 10th anniversary celebrations at Rewind North this weekend (3 – 5 August) at Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire, and Rewind South (17 – 19 August) at Temple Island Meadows, Henley on Thames. The Jacksons, Billy Ocean, The Boomtown Rats, Bonnie Tyler, Leo Sayer, Soul II Soul and more will play Rewind North. Kool & The Gang, OMD, Marc Almond, Kim Wilde, Jason Donovan, Jimmy Somerville and more will be playing Rewind South. Tickets and full line up available at rewindfestival.com .

Follow Rewind Festival:

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Twitter: @rewindfestival

Instagram: @rewindfestival

Press contact – Outside Organisation

David Lim – david.lim@outside-org.co.uk 

Corinna Ingram – corinna.ingram@outside-org.co.uk 

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018 Closes with the great Paul Simon

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018 Closes with the great Paul Simon

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Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018 Closes with the great Paul Simon

After six amazing days of music spanning from pop megastars in Bruno Mars to rock royalty The Cure, the final show of this year’s Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park was headlined by the great Paul Simon – performing the farewell date of his last tour, ‘The Farewell Performance’ (outside of North America).

 

The anticipation in the crowd was palpable. After an epic seven-decade career, Paul Simon was soon to play the last show in his farewell tour to a packed-out Hyde Park. The shaded figure marched onto the stage and struck the opening chords of “America” – one of the many iconic hits from Simon & Garfunkel.

 

Simon and his note-perfect band proceeded to play an inspiring 26-track set, ranging from Graceland’s “The Boy In The Bubble” and “Diamonds On The Sole Of Her Shoes” to Stranger To Stranger’s “The Wristband”. Each song seemed to top the last, with Simon & Garfunkel’s 1970 track “Bridge Over Troubled Water” echoing back to the stage by the thousands of onlookers.

 

It was fitting that Simon closed his tour and our festival with a stunning “Sound Of Silence”, solo on acoustic guitar, the huge crowd hushed with emotion, breaking into deafening applause.

 

Gracing the Great Oak Stage before Paul Simon was fellow singer songwriter James Taylor – an American folk-rock hero with 100+ million records sold worldwide and five Grammys to his name. The gorgeously staged “You’ve Got A friend” received the biggest cheer of approval, closely followed by other classics including “Carolina In My Mind”, “Shed A Little” and “Shower The People”.

 

“I’m now going to play you a song I played for Paul McCartney and George Harrison”, said Taylor before performing “Something”. “The Beatles had just started their own record label and were looking for people to record – I just happened to be in the right place in the right time. It was an amazing stroke of good fortune as is everything that has happened since, certainly leading up to this amazing day in front of this amazing audience.”

 

Bonnie Raitt demonstrated why she is considered by many as one of the greatest singers and guitarists of all time as she delivered a heartfelt performance to a packed stage. “I love playing these club shows, Bonnie deadpanned, as she worked her way through her extensive back-catalogue.

 

“Woo! It’s aptly named this one”, she said with a chuckle before breaking into an inspiring rendition of Talking Heads’ “Burning Down The House”, one of the closing day’s defining moments.

 

Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit maintained the folksy vibes of the day with a stirring set on the Great Oak Stage, backed by mesmerising mushroom visuals. Frontman Flynn’s flawless vocals were the main attraction, as they worked their way through tracks from 2017’s Sillion as well as from Flynn’s other albums.

 

British country-pop duo Ward Thomas performed last year on the Barclaycard Stage, and sounded even more impressive on the main stage this time round, treating Hyde Park attendees to a sneak peak of some of their new music such as “No Filter” and well-known tracks like “Carry You Home”.

 

Opening the Great Oak Stage was South Coast rockers Wild Front. Their shimmering live rendition of “Rico” was the perfect way to kick off the final day of music, with the laidback, mellow harmonies appreciated by all the early festival goers soaking up the sun.

The final day at the Barclaycard Stage also impressed, with America’s Sarah Darling kicking off the proceedings, also featuring the melodious Jesca Hoop, three-time Grammy Award winner Shawn Colvin and former Keane frontman Tom Chaplin – oozing class as he played tracks off his 2016 album The Wave as well as Keane favourites such as “Somewhere Only We Know”.

The Summer Stage welcomed the guitar-tinted sounds of Blueprint Blue, Dublin rock band Keywest, London quintet Night Flight and Callaghan – driving home an unmissable set with her stunning vocals and gripping songwriting.

 

Well known fans included – Daisy Ridley, Jimmy Carr, David Walliams, Dustin Hoffman, Pierce Brosnan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noel Gallagher, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Johnny Vegas, Tim Healy, Bob Geldof, Steve Diggle.

 

And with that, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018 comes to an end.  Thank you to all the amazing artists, fans and media who enjoyed the music, sun and even football. See you next year!

 

 

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one of the world’s biggest pop superstars Bruno Mars stuns a sold-out Hyde Park

one of the world’s biggest pop superstars Bruno Mars stuns a sold-out Hyde Park

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one of the world’s biggest pop superstars Bruno Mars stuns a sold-out Hyde Park

Day five of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park saw one of the world’s biggest pop superstars Bruno Mars stun a sold-out Hyde Park with one of the festival’s most spectacular performances.

 

As soon as the curtain dropped from the ceiling, Bruno and his backing band The Hooligans stood proudly on stage, receiving a deafening roar of approval before breaking into the first bars of his recent high-energy hits, “Finesse” and “24K Magic”.

 

It was a true pop performance that had it all – a dazzling frontman, a silky-smooth backing band, grandiose visuals / fireworks and, of course, an impressive array of hits from album 24K Magic. The LP dominated the 2018 Grammys, picking up the prestigious Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year (“That’s What I Like”) awards, and he swaggered his way through most of the record’s tracks, including “Perm”, “Chunky” and “Versace On The Floor”.

 

Bruno took a brief pause from the impressive choreographed performance to address the euphoric Hyde Park crowd. “We saved London for last. I want you to know that. Cos we know London’s gon’ sweat with us, dance with us, have fun with us.”

 

This was the European finale in an epic 19-month tour and even before Bruno launched into his last song, the crowd broke into the chorus of “Uptown Funk”, Mars’ global hit alongside Mark Ronson.

 

Before Bruno was Khalid, one of the hottest names in R&B – who created a buzz on stage with his charismatic performance. His debut album American Teen seamlessly blends elements of modern soul and dance, and Khalid (accompanied by several lively cheerleaders), dazzled the Great Oak Stage audience with his live renditions of “Winter”, “American Teen”, “Angel”, “Silence” and closing number, “OTW”.

 

DNCE brought their funk-influenced pop to a packed crowd at the Great Oak Stage. Their eccentric sonic style was matched by their equally extravagant outfits, with lead singer (and former Jonas Brother, Joe) donning a sharp, patterned suit. Jonas also gave a shoutout to his famous brothers in attendance, before breaking out into a mashup of Britney Spears’ “Oops!… I Did It Again” and Spice Girl’s “Wannabe” – watched on by Emma Bunton. “I got my brothers today in support. That’s Kevin on the right and Nick on the left. I feel like it’s only appropriate to play this song because we love the UK”.

 

Charlie Wilson got the crowd moving and singing along with an energetic set soaked in the hot British sun. Wilson and his band, dressed in an assortment of bright colours, worked their way through a number of hits, including “There Goes My Baby” – letting each member of the band shine on the track with an epic solo.

 

The husky-voiced Alex Hepburn released her latest EP If You Stay just yesterday and the singer worked her way through several numbers off the release, including the title-named track, “Solid Gold” and “High Roller”. Hepburn also delivered a soul-drenched rendition of Blackstreet’s 1996 hit “No Diggity”.

 

Opening the Great Oak Stage was DJ Rashida, a US turntablist who’s opened for the likes of Prince, Kanye West, John Legend and recently for headliner Bruno Mars. She wasted no time getting the crowd moving, working her way through a number of soul, hip hop and funk grooves, chopping up classics such as Roy Ayers’ “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” with more modern, bass-heavy numbers.

 

The Barclaycard Stage welcomed a wealth of talent in actress and singer Naomi Scott, rising star Liv Dawson, Scottish singer Tom Walker, electro-pop duo Sofi Tukker, brass maestro Trombone Shorty and Yungen – who closed the stage with an exhilarating show as the sun began to set over Hyde Park.

 

Fans flocked to the Summer Stage to catch top-notch sets from Norway’s metal act Ark, singer-songwriter Etham, R&B collective The Fedz and Belle Mt – whose cinematic brand of alt-pop left all in attendance in awe.

 

Beverley Knight, Samuel L Jackson, Chris Moyles, Alan Carr, Leigh Francis, Emma Bunton, Adam Lambert, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Sophie Turner and Andy Jordan were some of the famous names who came to enjoy the fifth day of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.

 

Tomorrow will see Paul Simon’s farewell UK show closing the festival.

 

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Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park welcomed legendary Grammy Award winner Michael Bublé

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park welcomed legendary Grammy Award winner Michael Bublé

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Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park welcomed legendary Grammy Award winner Michael Bublé

The fourth sold out day of Barclaycard  presents  British  Summer  Time  Hyde  Park welcomed legendary Grammy Award winner Michael Bublé – who put on a historic performance to start the second weekend of the festival.

 

As the grandiose opening chords of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” chimed out, Bublé emerged onto the sparkling stage, receiving a deafening cheer from the packed crowd. With barely a pause for breath, the Canadian heartthrob and his orchestra rolled straight into “Just Haven’t Met You Yet”, one of the star’s most cherished tracks.

 

Walking down the platform towards the audience, he deadpanned: “This is exactly how it was in my mind! It’s been two years since I’ve been on stage, and like any human of course I worry that whatever I had at one point might have gone. But after two songs, I’m even better than before.”

 

There was even a shoutout for ITV phenomenon, Love Island. “This isn’t a concert, this is Love Island…. and just like Love Island, incredibly sophisticated people are going to come together to connect, to meet…. and maybe do it in a swimming pool.”

 

The flickering rain only added to the spectacle, as Michael skipped, strutted and paraded along a ramp extending into the audience, covering music from the likes of Ray Charles, Otis Redding, James Taylor, Bobby Darin and Van Morrison – of who Bublé commented: “He’s been a huge part of my romance with music. It meant so much to me today to be here and share a stage with him” – and also treated the Hyde Park audience to several tracks from his anticipated forthcoming LP, as well as classics such as “Everything”, ’Home”, “Nobody But Me” and “Cry Me A River”.

 

During his performance, Michael Bublé passed the microphone to his four-year old son Noah to finish off a track from movie The Greatest Showman, a film they’d had watched multiple times together.

 

“There are no words for how much love, affection, gratitude, that I have in my heart on behalf of myself, my family, for your love, for your prayers, for your support. I want to thank you not only for tonight, but for every night, for everything you’ve done for me. Each one of you has made such a difference in my life.”

 

It was only fitting that warming up for Michael Bublé was his musical icon Van Morrison, who treated the packed audience to an inspiring set from his extensive back catalogue – alternating between his timeless voice, the punchy tones of the saxophone and the rich nuances of the harmonica throughout the set.

 

Van Morrison’s band of bass, guitars, horns, drums, strings, percussion and backing singers also impressed, in particular during the iconic 1970 track, “Moondance” and crowd favourite “Brown Eyed Girl”

 

Bananarama brought the 80’s nostalgia to the Great Oak Stage to Hyde Park with their sequinned outfits and girl group dance routines. This was their final ever London show as a trio and they received a rapturous reception toclassics including “It Ain’t What You Do It’s the Way That You Do It” and “Robert De Niro’s Waiting”.

 

They referenced the bright sunshine and scorching heat before performing summer anthem “Cruel Summer”, stating The great British summer at last! It’s very rare this song about a hot summer rings true!”

 

The Feeling opened their set with “I Want You Now” – one of the many hits from their 2006 album, Twelve Steps And Home. The colourful artwork of the aforementioned LP was projected behind them as they powered through several others off the debut including “Fill My Little World” and “Sewn” – the closing track. They also treated the sun-blushed audience to an array of tracks from their 2016 self-titled album.

 

Country’s newest star Megan McKenna kicked off the proceedings on the Great Oak Stage, running up and down the main stage’s ramp in her glittering outfit. In between tracks, Megan spoke to the crowd about her whirlwind year in which her two debut singles (“Everything But You” and “History”) smashed the iTunes chart and racked up millions of plays via Spotify, also speaking about her stint on popular UK reality TV show, The Only Way Is Essex.

 

The Barclaycard Stage was kicked off by a spellbinding performance from Jazz Morley, also welcoming country pop’s The Adelaides, the dulcet tones of Catherine McGrath, rising jazz musician Zara McFarlane and The Shires – who thanked the thousands of “troopers in their ponchos” who braved the rain for their epic closing performance.

 

Elsewhere, the Summer Stage hosted a series of crowd-pleasing artists including UK indie outfit The Tailormade, ethereal folk-rock band Gypsyfingers, singer-songwriter Nathan Ball and ROB.GREEN – who demonstrated to the packed audience why he has been dubbed the “Soul Prince of Nottingham”.

 

Tomorrow will see bonafide superstar Bruno Mars headlining, followed by Paul Simon’s farewell UK show closing the festival on Sunday.

 

 

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Eric Clapton delivers a timeless performance at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time

Eric Clapton delivers a timeless performance at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time

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Day  three  at  Barclaycard  presents  British  Summer  Time  Hyde  Park saw Eric Clapton deliver a timeless performance, bringing a perfect close to a sold-out first week at Hyde Park.

 

The legendary rock and blues guitarist and singer-songwriter from Surrey walked on the Great Oak Stage for his first Hyde Park performance in 10 years and uttered the three words that has been reverberating through England in the past week: “It’s coming home”.

 

Plenty of Clapton fans through the generations turned up sporting tour T-shirts from his various career-spanning shows. The three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee wasted no time, launching with ‘Somebody’s Knocking’ complete with full-bodied guitar solos that he is famed for before hitting a hearty rendition of the blues classic ‘I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man’.

 

Where the acoustic section of the set, with Clapton seated to deliver his biggest hits ‘Layla’ and ‘Tears in Heaven’, remains a clear focus point – it is ‘Got To Get Better In A Little While’ and the Cream hit ‘Crossroads’ that the singer shows us his fighting-best vocals.

 

In ‘Lay Down Sally’ and ‘The Core’ from 1977’s “Slowhand” – one of Clapton’s most critically successful albums – he brought out Marcy Levy (Shakespeare’s Sister) who co-wrote the songs with him. For the grand encore, Clapton brought out Carlos Santana for ‘High Time We Went’ with Paul Carrack on vocals.

 

Santana made it impossible for the crowd to stand still with his rhythmic, musically sumptuous set. Carlos Santana called out, “I know it has been a long day in the sun but now is the time to go Santana bananas!”

 

Opening with visuals of Woodstock soundtracked by ‘Soul Sacrifice’, the award-winning musician brought a flavoursome set weaving blues-rock, jazz fusion and Latin and African percussion rhythms. Much loved classics like ‘Oye Como Va’ and ‘Maria Maria’ sent the crowd wild while ‘Smooth’ still reigns as Santana’s most iconic hit, sounding every bit as delectable as the first listen 19 years ago.

 

Steve Winwood made his monumental return to Hyde Park for the first time in 49 years. The last time he performed here was in 1969 as part of Blind Faith – Winwood’s blues-rock band with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Ric Grech.

 

Winwood’s distinct soulful vocals still rings clear and strong as ever, giving us the perfect soundtrack to a summery Sunday afternoon, a particular highlight being his signature hit ‘Higher Love’ which got the crowd on their feet and swaying along. The Great Oak Stage screen was emblazoned with record artworks from his genre-shifting discography.

 

Winwood, performing with a full band including a saxophonist and flautist, alternated between the organ and guitar in a set filled with songs from his bands: Blind Faith (‘Can’t Find My Way Home’), Traffic (‘Pearly Queen’) and Spencer Davis Group (‘I’m A Man’).

 

Acclaimed blues-rock and soul musician Gary Clark Jr. brought the vibe of a smoky blues nightclub to the Great Oak Stage with a muscly set that mingles his rendition of Muddy Waters’ ‘Catfish Blues’ with high-energy electrifying rock songs like ‘Ain’t Messin’ Around’, and slow burning ballads that really gives him a chance to shred. It is in these guitar solos that the Grammy-winning artist really loses himself and goes in a trance-like state with his eyes rolled back, conjuring the spirit of Hendrix in front of a spellbound Hyde Park crowd.

 

Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real opened the Great Oak Stage. With the sun high and gentle breeze carrying their roots-rock songs across the green park, there really could not have been a more perfect scene-setter for a day of incredible live music.
Elsewhere, the Barclaycard Stage hosted a string of crowd-pleasing artists including Italian singer-songwriter Zucherro, English national treasures Chas and Dave, folk-Americana band The Wandering Hearts and country soul heartthrob Ryan Kinder. ‘Rockney’ faves Chas and Dave came on stage to a rapturous applause before swiftly leading the audience into big sing-alongs for ‘Gertcha’, ‘London Girls’ and ‘Margate’ while The Wandering Hearts served up honeyed harmonies on tunes from their debut album “Wild Science”.

 

Plenty of music lovers were happy to seek refuge from the 30 degree heat under the lush oak trees in Hyde Park and enjoy delicious world-class foods near the Summer Stage where a host of country and folk musicians played. Roots rockers The Americans, Nashville breakout stars Eric Paslay and Kelly McGrath, and London-based folk duo Ferris & Sylvester gave stellar performances to a receptive crowd that clapped, cheered and swayed along to their new music discoveries.

 

Bill Nighy, Dustin Hoffman, John McEnroe, Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones, Bernie Ecclestone, Cassidy Janson, Laura Whitmore, Paul Whitehouse and Suzi Perry were among the stars who turned up to watch Eric Clapton’s set.

 

Next week welcomes headliners Michael Bublé on Friday 13th July, Bruno Mars on Saturday 14th July, and Paul Simon on Sunday 15th July.

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Carrie Underwood Confirmed For The Long Road Festival In September

Carrie Underwood Confirmed For The Long Road Festival In September

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Carrie Underwood Confirmed For The Long Road Festival In September

One of country music’s biggest global superstars, Carrie Underwood, has been confirmed for a brand new music and lifestyle festival The Long Road, which takes place in Leicestershire from September 7th – 9th 2018. Underwood joins a long list of acts from across the country, Americana and roots spectrum already confirmed for the 3-day event including The ShiresLee Ann WomackBilly BraggAngaleena Presley Catherine McGrath, The Wandering Hearts, Una Healy, Ward Thomas, Joshua HedleyCharlie WorshamElizabeth CookDanielle Bradbery and many more.

 

Carrie Underwood:

 

I’m thrilled to be a part of this exciting new festival that celebrates the heart and soul of country music on a global stage!”

 

Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film and propelling her to international stardom. A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has sold 64 million records worldwide and recorded 26 #1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote.  She will release her new studio album, Cry Pretty – which features the hit lead single of the same name – on 14th September, a few days after her performance at The Long Road.

 

Taking place within the grounds of Stanford Hall in Leicestershire from September 7th – 9th 2018, and curated by Tennessee-born country music specialist and radio presenter Baylen Leonard, The Long Road will present one of the UK’s largest, most authentic celebrations of country, Americana and roots music featuring five stages of live performances, authentic down home cookin’ and a wide range of themed outdoor activities.

 

The festival has also partnered with an array of organisations including BBC Music Introducing, who will host a stage fronted by presenter of BBC Radio 2’s weekly country show Bob Harris showcasing a selection of up and coming country and Americana acts. Harris will also broadcast tracks from the festival on his weekly country show, which airs every Thursday at 8pm on BBC Radio 2. The Birthplace of Country MusicThe Bluegrass Situation (BGS)The Americana Music Association UK, and independent UK label Loose Records, will also all be involved in bringing artists to the festival to showcase an array of international talent.

Classic BRIT Awards 2018 The Winners

Classic BRIT Awards 2018 The Winners

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Double Wins for Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Michael Ball & Alfie Boe

The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 put on the show of the year at London’s Royal Albert Hall tonight. Hosts and Classic FM presenters Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong presided over stunning exclusive performances and worthy winners, showing off the breathtaking diversity of this music and talent on one iconic stage.

Celebrating music from the worlds of classical, film, television, theatre and games, The Classic BRIT Awards returned for a year in which sensational new young classical performers have emerged, alongside the world’s biggest soundtracks and huge stars from musical theatre.

And with a new audience discovering classic music via platforms old and new, it was a multi-generational, multi-genre, multi-talented night.

This was summed up by a Lifetime Achievement Award for Dame Vera Lynn at 101 years old and 2 awards for Male Artist of the Year and Critics’ Choice Award for 19 year old Sheku Kanneh-Mason. 2 Awards for irrepressible duo Michael Ball Alfie Boe proved that superstars past, present and future were relishing the occasion

Dame Vera Lynn, national treasure and original “Forces Sweetheart” was honoured by the UK music industry in her 101st year.

“It’s humbling to receive accolades and I’m delighted that people still enjoy my music all these years later,” said Dame Vera, “I never really considered what I’d be doing at this stage of my life. However, it was definitely a wonderful surprise to be honoured by the Classic BRIT Awards this year.”

The brand new Soundtrack of the Year award went to 2018’s chart phenomenon, The Greatest Showman OST. The soundtrack to the hit film has spent an astonishing 11 consecutive weeks at Number 1 on the UK Official Charts – the joint longest run at Number 1 in 30 years, tied with Adele’s ‘21’.

In a Classic BRITs exclusive, mezzo-soprano superstar Katherine Jenkins OBE returned to the stage for her first television performance since the happy news of the birth of her second child. She sang the beautiful ‘Never Enough’ from the UK’s biggest selling album of 2018 so far.

And a celebration of one of the world’s greatest entertainers, Andrew Lloyd Webber, marked his 70thyear, including a very special performance by Meghan Picerno, currently starring as Christine in the smash-hit tour of “Love Never Dies”.

He received the Special Recognition Award for Musical Theatre & Education, with the Classic BRIT Awards paying tribute to his tireless work both in supporting music education and speaking out against the funding cuts that threaten its future.

But that immediate future burns bright, with the Awards highlighting vital new artists who are bringing new audiences and sounds to this music.

After a remarkable year, Sheku Kanneh-Mason won both Male Artist of the Year and the Critics’ Choice in association with Apple Music.  The 18 year old from Nottingham is a ground-breaker, becoming the first black winner of the BBC Young Musician Award in 2016.  Last year, he released his debut album ‘Inspiration’ which broke into the Top 20 in the Official UK Album Chart and was also No.1 in the Classical Chart, effortlessly covering Bob Marley and Leonard Cohen alongside Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 on the record.  He starred at the Royal Wedding in May and is fast becoming the face of the modern classical world.

Another state school educated artist taking classical music into the future, Tokio Myers won PPL Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist of the Year.  The North London artist has risen via the Royal College of Music before winning Britain’s Got Talent 2017 with his musical mash-ups incorporating classical music elements.  Currently working on his second album, this Breakthrough is clearly just the beginning as he proved by performing his genre busting cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Bloodstream’ coupled with Debussy’s ‘Claire de Lune’ with the complete Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

“I’m honoured to have won this Breakthrough award,” said Tokio, “It means a lot to me to be recognised in this field and to receive a few nominations. It’s incredible to be grouped with talent such as Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Jonas Kaufmann and Max Richter for Male Artist Of The Year. I hope that in some way I can inspire young people through what I do to pick up an instrument and to explore a side of music they might not normally listen to for themselves.”

In a truly stand out year in and outstanding career, Renée Fleming won Female Artist of the Year. The American lyric soprano was already one of the world’s most revered voices before she took on Broadway for the first time in a smash hit revival run of ‘Carousel’.

In opera, Renée brought her acclaimed portrayal of the Marschallin in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier to the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera and shone at the Oscars, featuring on the soundtracks of Best Picture and Best Soundtrack nominee films – ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’, and ‘The Shape of Water’.

Andrea Bocelli was awarded the Classic BRITs Icon award and rarely can an artist be more deserving.  Perhaps the most well known classical artist of the past 20 years, Bocelli has lit up global classical and pop charts, capturing the imagination of millions. The biggest selling classical artist of all time, he has performed for four U.S. presidents, two popes and the Royal Family, as well as at ceremonies for the Olympic Games and the World Cup.  Known for opera and global crossover hits including ‘Time To Say Goodbye’, he recently scored a worldwide Number 1 with Ed Sheeran on the song ‘Perfect Symphony’.

Bocelli performed twice tonight, including a world exclusive performance of  ‘Quaicoasa Piu Dell’ora’ (‘If Only’) from his forthcoming album.

Andrea Bocelli said, “18 years. A lot has happened since the very first time the Classic BRITs paid tribute to my music. It’s been a relationship of mutual respect and now it has reached 18 years of age, it’s a relationship that I live with great joy because it’s the measurement of the benevolence your country has shown me. To celebrate my gratitude for the Icon Award and for these 18 years of music which made us connect over time, I would love to present to you as a world premiere, my next single If Only, from my forthcoming album. This is a song which is particularly close to me, because it’s a hymn to love, meaning the energy without which life would have no meaning; but also because it bears the signature of the same relationship which gave life to ‘A Time To Say Goodbye’.”

He also teamed up with great friend with British opera legend Sir Bryn Terfel, reviving their rousing duet of Bizet’s ‘Pearl Fishers’.

Sir Bryn followed with ‘If I Were A Rich Man’ from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, reprising his acclaimed role as Tevye in the classic musical.

Group of the Year went to the inimitable Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, two great modern voices who came ‘Together’ for 2016’s best-selling album in the UK, achieving the Christmas Number 1 record.  They also won the popular vote for Classic FM Album of the Year, voted for by the radio station’s listeners, for their second record ‘Together Again’ which went straight to Number 1. Two sold out arena tours cemented their position among Britain’s best-loved entertainers, pushing their record sales over 1 million within a year. For the awards, they performed a medley from West Side Story, a nod to Leonard Bernstein’s centenary celebrations and a bravura showcase for their consummate, seemingly effortless skills.

And the Sound of Classical Poll, in its first year, named saxophone player Jess Gillam as its inaugural winner. Calling on classical artists aged 13-30 and tipped for a great future, Jess and 4 other shortlisted finalists, Carly Paoli, Ember TrioGeorge Harliono and Sean Shibe were all featured on a special Sound of Classical Poll week on Classic FM.

From Cumbria, 20-year-old Jess Gillam made music history as the first saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of the BBC Young Musician 2016.  She has recently been announced as the youngest ever female performer for the Last Night Of The Proms and the first ever classical saxophonist to be signed to Decca Records.  She is already becoming recognised as an international ambassador for her instrument – exploding the audience’s understanding of what a saxophone can do.

More performances on the night came from British composer and pianist Alexis Ffrench, who teamed up with remarkable South African soprano Pretty Yende.  Alexis began with his composition ‘Bluebird’, joined by his ballet dancer daughter Savannah before Pretty weaved traditional South African song Shosholoza with Bluebird and Rossini’s Una Voce Poco Fa in a perfect musical marriage.

24 year old Italian classical piano sensation Beatrice Rana took to the stage to recreate her breakthrough album of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.  Praised for her incredible handling of such a complex and famous piece, she proved why she is considered the future of classical piano to a stunned and appreciative audience.

Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said:
“We congratulate all The Classic BRITs winners on their deserved awards, which reflect classic music in all its diversity. It’s wonderful to see great icons such as Dame Vera Lynn and Andrea Bocelli being rightly honoured but also very encouraging to witness a new wave bristling with talent such as Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Tokio Myers and Sound of Classical Poll winner Jess Gillam breaking through. With such exciting new artists, classic music is evolving and embracing the opportunities that the streaming era offers to connect with new fans.”

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Andrew Lloyd Webber To Receive Special Recognition Award for Musical Theatre & Education

Andrew Lloyd Webber To Receive Special Recognition Award for Musical Theatre & Education

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Andrew Lloyd Webber To Receive Special Recognition Award for Musical Theatre & Education

A very Special Recognition Award for Musical Theatre & Education, will be presented to Andrew Lloyd Webber in a landmark year for the great musical theatre composer.

The Classic BRIT Awards is proud to both celebrate one of Britain’s finest modern talents and support his incredible work to keep music at the heart of British education.

Lloyd Webber recently celebrated his 70th birthday and we are delighted to be marking this at the Classic BRIT Awards, including a very special performance by Meghan Picerno, currently starring as Christine in the smash-hit tour of “Love Never Dies”.

But it is also his tireless work both in supporting music education and speaking out against the funding cuts to music education that the Classic BRIT Awards wishes to acknowledge.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “Now that I am 70 I look back and think how lucky I have been.  You are very lucky if you know what you want to do in life.  I am doubly lucky that I not only have made a living out of my passion but a hugely rewarding one.   I hope through my Foundation that I am able to give something back to the profession that has been so good to me.  I am a passionate believer in the importance of the arts in schools, particularly music, which transcends all languages, shades of politics, race and creeds.   In our increasingly dangerous and fractured world, the arts have never been as vital as they are today and they should be free.”

Classic BRIT Awards co-chair Rebecca Allen, “Our business is built on exceptional artists, without exceptional artists we are nothing. It is our responsibility, our duty to seek out and support these artists, and without music being supported in schools, our bloodline stops. The work Andrew Lloyd Webber and his team do to support music in schools is significant and we as an industry must acknowledge and applaud this, for without support like this in schools, our industry will falter.”

Since 2010, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded over £19m to support emerging artists and the provision of music education, performing arts training, and heritage skills across the UK.  The Foundation has awarded £2.4m to the Music in Secondary Schools Trust, enabling more than 6500 children across London to receive free classical music instruments and lessons as well as access to high profile performance opportunities.

He has been vocal about cuts to music education in schools that are leaving many children without access to music lessons in the UK.

By calling the cuts a “national scandal” Lloyd Webber has often raised the subject via media interviews to highlight the value that music education brings to the nation.

A recent study by the University Of Sussex found that music is losing out to English and Maths due to the government introducing the English Baccalaureate in 2010.  The number of schools offering GCSE Music are falling, compulsory music lessons were in 84% of schools in 2012-13, falling to 62% in 2016-17. In 30% of secondary schools, the music department consisted of just one teacher.

When Sunset Boulevard joined School of Rock,Cats and The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway in 2017, Andrew Lloyd Webber became the only person to equal the record set in 1953 by Rodgers and Hammerstein with four Broadway shows running concurrently. Other musicals he has composed include Aspects of LoveJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatJesus Christ SuperstarEvitaStarlight Express and Love Never Dies.

In addition to recognizing Lloyd Webber’s inspirational work, the Classic BRIT Awards are supporting the London Music Fund, donating tickets so 20 of their scholars can attend the awards.

Through their Scholarship programme, over 9,000 young musicians have been given the opportunity to develop their potential, through 4-year Scholarships and with project opportunities to learn from and perform alongside professionals.

And showcasing the best and brightest of incredible new British talent, the Classic BRIT Awards’ Sound Of Classical Poll is looking for classical artists aged 13-30 and tipped for a great future. The winner will be chosen by an expert panel and revealed at the ceremony in June.

The Classic BRIT Awards returns for 2018 for the first time in 5 years – reformatted and refreshed, exclusively broadcast on ITV and in partnership with Classic FM– to celebrate the growing appeal of classical and music from film, television, theatre and games. Our hosts are musicians and Classic FM presenters Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong.

Dame Vera Lynn has already been announced as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Tokio Myers will be named Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist Of The Year.

The categories for this year’s Classic BRIT Awards 2018 are:

Male Artist of the Year
Female Artist of the Year
Group of the Year
Soundtrack of the Year
Critics’ Choice in association with Apple Music
Classic FM Album of the Year
Classic BRITs Icon
Sound of Classical 2018
Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Special Recognition Award
Lifetime Achievement Award

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Ticket Prices range from: £23.00 to £74.00 
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Reverend Al Sharpton Visits London

Reverend Al Sharpton Visits London

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High profile legendary American activist and campaigner the Reverend Al Sharpton was in London for a brief visit this week. In between meetings he attended a dinner at The Groucho Club arranged by Simon Woolley of The Operations Black Vote organisation on Wednesday evening.

 

The event was attended by a number of high profile guests including singer Beverley Knight, vocalist Pauline Black from the legendary two-tone group The Selecter, CEO and founder of MOBO Awards Kanya King MBE, and British actor Colin Salmon who starred as Charles Robinson in three James Bond films.

 

Sharpton, whose career in politics began in the early 70s, has been a consistent defender of his community and supporter of civil rights. He was recently described in the New York Times as the “Martin Luther King of the North.”

 

Sharpton also has an impeccable showbiz pedigree. He began his career as the tour manager for the incredible James Brown. During that period dealt with Donald Trump who was a promoter at the time. The Reverend went on to become a special advisor to Barack Obama, so doubtless one of the hot topics at the intimate dinner was his take on the current president.

 

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Classic BRIT Awards 2018 Sound Of Classical Poll Shortlist Announced

Classic BRIT Awards 2018 Sound Of Classical Poll Shortlist Announced

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Classic BRIT Awards 2018 Sound Of Classical Poll Shortlist Announced

The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 announces the shortlist for the first ever Sound Of Classical Poll.

Showcasing the best and brightest of incredible new British talent, the Classic BRIT Awards’ Sound Of Classical Poll called on classical artists aged 13-30 and tipped for a great future. The winner will be chosen by an expert panel and revealed at the ceremony in June.

The winner will receive £1000 toward their music tuition or equipment and 4 tickets to the Classic BRIT Awards at the Royal Albert Hall on 13th June. Enter at www.classicbrits.co.uk.

With closing date for entries ending last week, a Classic BRITs panel convened to consider all the entrants and perform the difficult task of deciding a top 5.

As radio media partner of the Classic BRIT Awards, Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical music station, will broadcast a special Sound of Classical week, starting on Monday 4thJune. On air, Classic FM will highlight the five nominated artists and share their journeys with the station’s 5.6 million weekly listeners, with lots more content and information available on ClassicFM.com.

Sound of Classical Poll 2018 Shortlist

1. Carly Paoli – mezzo soprano

“Nothing fills me with greater joy than being able to share my love for music, and I hope it can inspire more young people to follow their dreams in the same way I was inspired by my predecessors as a child. So being nominated for such a prestigious musical award means EVERYTHING to me.”

Born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, 29 year old Carly was inspired by the great operatic voice of Maria Callas but also classic musicals. Her Italian heritage saw her spend summers in Puglia, her mother’s hometown where her love of music grew into a passion and she trained at the Royal Northern College of Music before being spotted by producer David Foster. In 2016, she sang for HRH The Prince Of Wales at Windsor castle alongside opera legend Jose Carreras who returned the favour by duetting on her 2017 debut album ‘Singing My Dreams’.
https://carlypaoli.com

2. Ember Trio – string trio

We are so proud to be nominated for the Sound of Classical 2018 award. It’s amazing that the Classic BRITs are shining a light on independent classical talent. We are truly grateful that in such a short space of time we’ve managed to make a connection through our social media performances (which now have over 150 million views) and are going some way to make classical instruments more appealing to a younger online audience.”

The London based trio consists of 2 cellos (Tom and Chris) and a violin (Elliot) and have been picking up fans online with their innovative videos, putting a classical twist on electronic pop covers.  Featuring tracks by the likes of Aviici, Major Lazer and Sia, their videos have logged over 150 million views.  Modern and original, they met while playing a string session at Abbey Road studios for Pink Floyd.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWFvVfKk4mg9dVvCm1I5-4Q

3. George Harliono – Pianist

“I feel so honoured to have been nominated for this award, the Classic BRITs is such a cool event, it is so great that they are back!!”

Born in Hackney, 17 year old pianist George was invited to make his first one hour long, solo recital at the age of nine, making his concerto debut at 12. He is a regular performer with orchestras including The Russian State Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov” and The Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra with Alexander Sladkovsky. He recently performed to a sold-out Royal Albert Hall with Lang Lang and in Moscow alongside eminent Russian pianist Denis Matsuev. Aged just 16, George began studying at The Royal College of Music on a full four-year scholarship for a BMUS Degree, one of the youngest students ever to be accepted onto this course. Underlining his status as one of classical music’s brightest young prospects, world-renowned conductor Valery Gergiev last year invited George to perform Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto with the Mariinsky Orchestra. He is the youngest British pianist ever to have been asked to perform with Maestro Gergiev. Upcoming engagements include concerto performances in Spain, Japan, the US and at the Berliner Philharmonie in Germany. He will also give an open air performance at the Jurmala Festival in Latvia, where he will appear alongside Aleksandrs Antonenko.

4. Jess Gillam – classical saxophonist

“I’m so thrilled to be part of the Sound of Classical Poll. The saxophone is such a versatile and expressive instrument and is not recognised as widely as other instruments in the classical world so it’s a real honour to be a part of such a fantastic event. To give a platform for young artists to show their talent to a wider audience is a great idea and I hope it inspires more young musicians.”

From Cumbria, 20 year old Jess Gillam made music history as the first saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of the BBC Young Musician 2016.  She has recently been announced as the youngest ever female performer for the Last Night Of The Proms and the first ever classical saxophonist to be signed to Decca Records.

She is already becoming recognised as an international ambassador for her instrument – exploding the audience’s understanding of what a saxophone can do.
http://www.jessgillamsax.co.uk

5.  Sean Shibe – classical guitarist

The Classic BRITs have always celebrated the scope of classical music as a genre; I’m amazed to be shortlisted for an award this year, knowing past winners and their household names.”

This 26 year old Scot has been referred to as the foremost classical guitarist of his generation and his 2017 debut solo album ‘Dreams and Fancies’ was named Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine and BBC Music Magazine’s Instrumental Choice. His project softLOUD premiered at East Neuk and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, juxtaposing Jacobean lute music for classical guitar and was called ‘uncompromisingly monumental’. Constantly creating, he commissions and performs new works for his instrument, performing with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and has appeared with BBC Scottish Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Symphony Orchestras. softLOUD will be released on Delphian Records this September.
http://delphianrecords.co.uk/product-group/softloud-music-for-acoustic-and-electric-guitar/

Classic BRIT Awards co-host and Classic FM presenter Myleene Klass says, “Classical musicians know the dedication needed to master their instrument and often the expense. It’s not always easy to come by music education in schools at the moment either. We want to show support for the great young talent in this country.”

The Classic BRIT Awards returns for 2018 for the first time in 5 years – reformatted and refreshed, exclusively broadcast on ITV and in partnership with Classic FM – to celebrate the growing appeal of classical and music from film, television, theatre and games. Our hosts are musicians and Classic FM presenters Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong.

Dame Vera Lynn has already been announced as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Tokio Myers will be named Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist Of The Year.

The categories for this year’s Classic BRIT Awards 2018 are:

Male Artist of the Year
Female Artist of the Year
Group of the Year
Soundtrack of the Year
Critics’ Choice in association with Apple Music
Classic FM Album of the Year
Classic BRITs Icon
Sound of Classical 2018
Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Special Recognition Award
Lifetime Achievement Award

Tickets for The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 on sale now 
Ticket Prices range from: £23.00 to £74.00 
Available from: 020 7589 8212 and www.royalalberthall.com

www.classicbrits.co.uk

Media enquiries
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chris.goodman@outside-org.co.uk
T: + 44 (0)20 7436 3633

TOP TALENT AGENT EMMA BANKS TO RECEIVE  MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD 2018

TOP TALENT AGENT EMMA BANKS TO RECEIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD 2018

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TOP TALENT AGENT EMMA BANKS TO RECEIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD 2018

Emma Banks is to be awarded the 2018 Music Industry Trusts Award in recognition of her huge contribution to the music industry in a career spanning over 25 years. Co-Head of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) London, Emma is one of the most successful and respected talent agents in the business, representing a host of major artists and paving the way for women across the industry.

 

Emma’s current roster of artists is second to none, including Katy Perry, Arcade Fire, Florence + The Machine, Kylie Minogue, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Lorde, among many others. Recent signings include Green Day, Muse, HAIM and Paramore, proving that even after nearly 30 years in the business, she is still a formidable force.

 

In addition to her role at CAA, Emma is chair of the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef committee.

 

David Munns OBE, chairman of the MITS Award committee, said: “Emma’s innate ability to work with artists, build relationships and of course spot the talent in the first place makes her quite unique. A trailblazer for women in the industry from the outset, she is hugely respected by promoters, colleagues, artists and competitors alike. Coupled with a drive and enthusiasm rarely seen after nearly 30 years in the business, Emma is the deserving recipient of the 2018 Music Industry Trusts Award.”

 

The award will be presented on 5th November at a ceremony held in aid of the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins. Emma follows last year’s honouree Rob Stringer and joins the ranks of previous recipients including Kylie Minogue OBE, Sir Lucian Grainge, Ahmet Ertegun, Simon Cowell, Michael Eavis CBE, and Annie Lennox OBE.

 

Beginning her career at Wasted Talent (later Helter Skelter), Emma and Mike Greek built the company into one of the premier music booking agencies in Europe, and she was subsequently named Managing Director.

 

On joining leading entertainment and sports agency CAA in 2006, Emma helped establish the agency’s London office and once again set about breaking exciting new talent.  One of Emma’s first signings at CAA was a young Florence Welch, who was playing small venues in London at the time, Florence + The Machine now regularly sell out festivals and arenas across the world.

 

Florence Welch says: Emma Banks has been a constant source of support and wisdom throughout my career. Her strength, kindness, and intuition are an inspiration to me, and many other women in the music industry, EMMA WE SALUTE YOU, Thank you for everything x”. 

 

Not content with breaking UK artists, Emma also represents US pop star Katy Perry. Working alongside Katy from her very first UK show at The Water Rats in London to global superstardom and beyond, Emma has played a pivotal role in building Katy’s extraordinary career.

 

Emma has received a number of accolades throughout her career, appearing on both Billboard’s Women In Music and International Power Players lists a number of times. She is a seven-time winner of Pollstar’s UK Agent of the Year Award, was honoured twice by the now defunct UK’s Woman of the Year Awards for the Music Industry  and in 2015 received the Outstanding Contribution Award at the Music Week Women In Music Awards.

 

Emma Banks says “I am overwhelmed at being honoured at the MITS this year.  I am rarely lost for words but when David Munns rang me to ask if I would accept the award I was honestly dumbfounded.  The MITS ‘roll of honour’ is packed with people that I admire and respect – I never expected to be added to that list but will do my very best to be worthy of it!  I am looking forward to a great night and to raising lots of money for the two fantastic charities that the event supports – Nordoff Robbins and the Brit Trust.  See you there!”

 

Celebrating its 27th year, the Music Industry Trusts Award is recognised as one of the true benchmarks of achievement in the UK music business, and continues to benefit hugely deserving causes year after year. The MITS Award supports two important charities, the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins, and is sponsored by Ingenious, PPL, SJM and Spotify.

 

www.mitsaward.co.uk

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Jack Delaney: jack.delaney@outside-org.co.uk

MORE PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR CLASSIC BRITS 2018

MORE PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR CLASSIC BRITS 2018

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The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 is honoured to announce more incredible performances to complete their line-up for 13th June at the Royal Albert Hall.

In true BRITs tradition, these are world exclusives, once-in-a-lifetime events and never to be forgotten collaborations.

In a Classic BRITs exclusive, mezzo-soprano superstar Katherine Jenkins OBE returns to the stage for her first television performance since the happy news of the birth of her second child. One of Britain’s most popular singers, she was recently crowned the Number 1 selling ‘Classical Music Artist of the Last 25 Years’ by Classic FM.

Katherine will perform the beautiful ‘Never Enough’ from the UK’s biggest selling album of 2018 so far – the runaway success that is the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman.

Also nominated in our new Soundtrack Of The Year category, The Greatest Showman OST has spent an astonishing 11 consecutive weeks at Number 1 on the UK Official Charts – the joint longest run at Number 1 in 30 years, tied with Adele’s ‘21’.

Katherine Jenkins said, “The Classic BRITs have always been a special, memorable and loved event for me and so I’m delighted to have been chosen to return and perform at this year’s awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall. It’s hugely important that we continue to honour and recognise the talent and work of the Classical Music world and I wish all the nominees the best of luck on the night!” 

In addition, Classic BRITs will present a celebration of the remarkable career of the iconic Andrew Lloyd Webber in what is a landmark year for the great musical theatre legend, including a very special performance by Meghan Picerno, currently starring as Christine in the smash-hit tour of “Love Never Dies”.

Lloyd Webber recently celebrated his 70th birthday and the Classic BRIT Awards is honoured to present this very special performance for this year’s ceremony.

Simply the most successful composer of musicals in history, his repertoire includes some of the world’s most celebrated shows, selling 330 million tickets; ‘Sunset Boulevard’, ‘Cats’, ‘Aspects Of Love’, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Evita’, ‘Starlight Express’, ‘The Phantom of The Opera’, ‘School of Rock’ and ‘Love Never Dies’ – to name but a few.

Last year, Lloyd Webber became the only person to equal the record set in 1953 by Rodgers and Hammerstein with four shows running on Broadway concurrently. Two of his shows are currently running in both Broadway and the West End: School Of Rock and The Phantom Of The Opera, in addition to sell out tours across the US of The Phantom Of The OperaSchool of Rock and Love Never Dies, and numerous other productions being enjoyed by audiences across the world.

Beatrice Rana is the classical world’s piano sensation. The 24 year old is one of the most sought after performers on the planet, appearing at every major concert venue and collaborating with the world’s greatest conductors. The Italian’s album of Bach’s Goldberg variations sees her nominated as Female Artist of the Year.

Rana’s next album is due to be released this August as part of the Bernstein Symphonies project with Sir Antonio Pappano and will feature Bernstein’s Symphony No 2 (called “The age of anxiety” for piano). Catch her at the Classic BRIT Awards, a world-class performer with the world at her fingertips.

Alexis Ffrench and Pretty Yende are at the forefront of whole new generation of exciting classical artists and together they make an irresistible and inspirational duo. We showcase a unique collaboration between these supremely talented artists who are lighting up the classical scene.

As one of Britain’s most gifted modern composers and pianists, Ffrench’s love of classical music alongside R&B and the likes of Kendrick Lamar has enabled him to create a sound all his own.  His beautiful, modernist and accessible compositions have seen him rise in the digital music world, attracting over 50 million streams.

Especially for the Classic BRITs, he teams up here with Pretty Yende – one of the most exciting opera voices in the world today, whose story has been likened to a modern fairy tale.

A soprano born in the small town of Piet Retief, South Africa, she was inspired to learn to sing having seen by chance a British Airways advert that featured the ‘Flower Duet’ from the opera Lakmé. She has gone on to grace the great opera stages from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, to Paris Opera and Milan’s La Scala.

We cannot wait to see the results of this exciting collaboration.

In 2003, two of the world’s great operatic voices, Andrea Bocelli and Bryn Terfel performed together at the Awards and this year, they will join together again for us. Already announced as solo performers, this will be an extra special moment.

Tokio Myers will perform with the full Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and is sure to stamp his own style on a classical template, drawing on his Royal College Of Music training and out of this world talent that has taken his career into the stratosphere.

The Classic BRIT Awards returns for 2018 for the first time in 5 years – reformatted and refreshed, exclusively broadcast on ITV and in partnership with Classic FM – to celebrate the growing appeal of classical and music from film, television, theatre and games. Our hosts are musicians and Classic FM presenters Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong.

Dame Vera Lynn has already been announced as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Tokio Myers will be named Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist Of The Year.

Showcasing the best and brightest of incredible new British talent, the Classic BRIT Awards’ Sound Of Classical Poll is looking for classical artists aged 13-30 and tipped for a great future. The winner will be chosen by an expert panel and revealed at the ceremony in June.

The winner will receive £1000 toward their music tuition or equipment and 4 tickets to the Classic BRIT Awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on 13thJune. Enter at www.classicbrits.co.uk.

The categories for this year’s Classic BRIT Awards 2018 are:

Male Artist of the Year
Female Artist of the Year
Group of the Year
Soundtrack of the Year
Critics’ Choice in association with Apple Music
Classic FM Album of the Year
Classic BRITs Icon
Sound of Classical 2018
Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Special Recognition Award
Lifetime Achievement Award

Tickets for The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 on sale now 
Ticket Prices range from: £23.00 to £74.00 

Media enquiries
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T: + 44 (0)20 7436 3633

Classic BRIT Awards 2018 Official Partners Announced

Classic BRIT Awards 2018 Official Partners Announced

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The Classic BRIT Awards announces the official partners for this year’s ceremony on Wednesday 13th June at the Royal Albert Hall.

Apple Music, Classic FMPPL and Royal Albert Hall are backing the first Classic BRIT Awards in 5 years and all represent the multi-faceted, diverse event it has become. With a commitment to championing classic music in all its forms, each plays a vital role in bringing it to the public and supporting artists. And they are showing their commitment to its future by becoming our official partners in 2018.

Celebrating music from the worlds of classical, film, television, theatre and games, the Classic BRIT Awards return in a year in which sensational new young classical performers have emerged, alongside the world’s biggest soundtracks and huge stars from musical theatre.

And a new audience is discovering classic music via platforms old and new.

As the UK’s biggest classical music radio station and one of the biggest commercial radio stations in the UK, Classic FM is a long-term partner and huge supporter of the Classic BRIT Awards.

With a weekly audience of 5.7 million people, Classic FM has more than one million listeners aged under 35. The station is partnering on the ‘Classic FM Album Of The Year’ Award, voted for by its listeners, and providing significant exposure for the Sound Of Classical Poll – a competition for classical artists aged 13-30 and tipped for a great future. The winner will be chosen by an expert panel and revealed at the ceremony in June, and Classic FM will feature nominees ahead of the ceremony, providing an incredible platform for new classical talent.

Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s managing editor, said: “Like the Classic BRITs, we’re passionate about making classical music accessible and relevant to everyone, so it’s fantastic to be part of this celebration of world-class talent. Supporting emerging artists is particularly important to us, and we’re thrilled to be providing a platform to showcase young performers through the Sound of Classical Poll. We’re very much looking forward to what is set to be a great night.”

Music streaming continues to grow in popularity and has reached scale; classical is no exception. According to the Official Charts Company classical music streams rose 52% in the first 2 months of 2018 alone, surpassing 10 million streams every week except one. Apple Music is home of the world’s most complete catalogue of classical music available to stream and download. We are delighted to have Apple Music as the official digital music service for the Classic BRIT Awards 2018. This year’s Critics’ Choice Award will be in association with Apple Music.

PPL licenses recorded music in the UK when it is played in public (shops, bars, nightclubs, offices etc.) or broadcast (BBC, commercial radio, commercial TV etc.) and ensure that revenue flows back to its performer and record company members.  These include both independent and major record companies, together with performers ranging from emerging grassroots artists through to established session musicians and influential festival headliners.  PPL now has tens of thousands of performer and record company members, many of which will feature in or support the Classic BRIT Awards.

Peter Leathem, Chief Executive Officer commented: “We are pleased to see the return of the Classic BRITs to the historic Royal Albert Hall on 13 June and to sponsor the Breakthrough award, championing the most exciting emerging artists.  The ceremony will champion a diverse range of talent, including many individuals from within our record company and performer community, and we look forward to being part of an event that recognises music from the worlds of classical, film, television, theatre and games.”

The Royal Albert Hall is an iconic venue for music of all kinds but as the home of the BBC Proms, the Love Classical festival, Films in Concert and the Classic BRIT Awards it is synonymous with orchestral music. A uniquely historic venue, it is the perfect backdrop to a glamorous evening.

Lucy Noble, Artistic Director of the Royal Albert Hall, said“It’s a real honour for us to welcome the Classic BRITs back to the Hall next month. We’re committed to making classical music accessible to all, both through high-profile events and Education & Outreach initiatives, and these very special awards do an incredible job of raising the profile of the genre, as well as celebrating some of the most extraordinary artists working today.”

Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said:  “We value the tremendous support of our Classic BRITs partners – Classic FM, Apple Music, PPL and the Royal Albert Hall as well as our record label members – and thank them for their commitment in helping to bring The Classic BRITs back after a 5-year hiatus.  Their shared passion for classic music in all its diverse and exciting new forms is not only providing support to an extraordinary new wave of talent, it is also helping to broaden the appeal of classic music among the next generation of music fans.”

Hosted by musicians and Classic FM presenters Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong, performers announced so far include the incredible Andrea Bocelli, Britain’s favourite duo Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, opera legend Sir Bryn Terfel and pianist Tokio Myers.

Dame Vera Lynn has already been announced as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Tokio Myers will be named Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist Of The Year.

Showcasing the best and brightest of incredible new British talent, the Classic BRIT Awards’ Sound Of Classical Poll winner will receive £1000 toward their music tuition or equipment and 4 tickets to the Classic BRIT Awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on June 13th. Enter at www.classicbrits.co.uk.

Tickets for The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 on sale now
Ticket Prices range from: £23.00 to £74.00
Available from: 020 7589 8212 and www.royalalberthall.com

www.classicbrits.co.uk

Media enquiries
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Classic BRIT Awards 2018 Official Partners Announced

Classic BRIT Awards 2018 Official Partners Announced

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The Classic BRIT Awards announces the official partners for this year’s ceremony on Wednesday 13th June at the Royal Albert Hall.

Apple Music, Classic FMPPL and Royal Albert Hall are backing the first Classic BRIT Awards in 5 years and all represent the multi-faceted, diverse event it has become. With a commitment to championing classic music in all its forms, each plays a vital role in bringing it to the public and supporting artists. And they are showing their commitment to its future by becoming our official partners in 2018.

Celebrating music from the worlds of classical, film, television, theatre and games, the Classic BRIT Awards return in a year in which sensational new young classical performers have emerged, alongside the world’s biggest soundtracks and huge stars from musical theatre.

And a new audience is discovering classic music via platforms old and new.

As the UK’s biggest classical music radio station and one of the biggest commercial radio stations in the UK, Classic FM is a long-term partner and huge supporter of the Classic BRIT Awards.

With a weekly audience of 5.7 million people, Classic FM has more than one million listeners aged under 35. The station is partnering on the ‘Classic FM Album Of The Year’ Award, voted for by its listeners, and providing significant exposure for the Sound Of Classical Poll – a competition for classical artists aged 13-30 and tipped for a great future. The winner will be chosen by an expert panel and revealed at the ceremony in June, and Classic FM will feature nominees ahead of the ceremony, providing an incredible platform for new classical talent.

Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s managing editor, said: “Like the Classic BRITs, we’re passionate about making classical music accessible and relevant to everyone, so it’s fantastic to be part of this celebration of world-class talent. Supporting emerging artists is particularly important to us, and we’re thrilled to be providing a platform to showcase young performers through the Sound of Classical Poll. We’re very much looking forward to what is set to be a great night.”

Music streaming continues to grow in popularity and has reached scale; classical is no exception. According to the Official Charts Company classical music streams rose 52% in the first 2 months of 2018 alone, surpassing 10 million streams every week except one. Apple Music is home of the world’s most complete catalogue of classical music available to stream and download. We are delighted to have Apple Music as the official digital music service for the Classic BRIT Awards 2018. This year’s Critics’ Choice Award will be in association with Apple Music.

PPL licenses recorded music in the UK when it is played in public (shops, bars, nightclubs, offices etc.) or broadcast (BBC, commercial radio, commercial TV etc.) and ensure that revenue flows back to its performer and record company members.  These include both independent and major record companies, together with performers ranging from emerging grassroots artists through to established session musicians and influential festival headliners.  PPL now has tens of thousands of performer and record company members, many of which will feature in or support the Classic BRIT Awards.

Peter Leathem, Chief Executive Officer commented: “We are pleased to see the return of the Classic BRITs to the historic Royal Albert Hall on 13 June and to sponsor the Breakthrough award, championing the most exciting emerging artists.  The ceremony will champion a diverse range of talent, including many individuals from within our record company and performer community, and we look forward to being part of an event that recognises music from the worlds of classical, film, television, theatre and games.”

The Royal Albert Hall is an iconic venue for music of all kinds but as the home of the BBC Proms, the Love Classical festival, Films in Concert and the Classic BRIT Awards it is synonymous with orchestral music. A uniquely historic venue, it is the perfect backdrop to a glamorous evening.

Lucy Noble, Artistic Director of the Royal Albert Hall, said“It’s a real honour for us to welcome the Classic BRITs back to the Hall next month. We’re committed to making classical music accessible to all, both through high-profile events and Education & Outreach initiatives, and these very special awards do an incredible job of raising the profile of the genre, as well as celebrating some of the most extraordinary artists working today.”

Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said:  “We value the tremendous support of our Classic BRITs partners – Classic FM, Apple Music, PPL and the Royal Albert Hall as well as our record label members – and thank them for their commitment in helping to bring The Classic BRITs back after a 5-year hiatus.  Their shared passion for classic music in all its diverse and exciting new forms is not only providing support to an extraordinary new wave of talent, it is also helping to broaden the appeal of classic music among the next generation of music fans.”

Hosted by musicians and Classic FM presenters Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong, performers announced so far include the incredible Andrea Bocelli, Britain’s favourite duo Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, opera legend Sir Bryn Terfel and pianist Tokio Myers.

Dame Vera Lynn has already been announced as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Tokio Myers will be named Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist Of The Year.

Showcasing the best and brightest of incredible new British talent, the Classic BRIT Awards’ Sound Of Classical Poll winner will receive £1000 toward their music tuition or equipment and 4 tickets to the Classic BRIT Awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on June 13th. Enter at www.classicbrits.co.uk.

Tickets for The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 on sale now
Ticket Prices range from: £23.00 to £74.00
Available from: 020 7589 8212 and www.royalalberthall.com

Media enquiries
The Outside Organisation
chris.goodman@outside-org.co.uk  
T: + 44 (0)20 7436 3633

Barclaycard presents  British Summer Time Hyde Park’s OPEN HOUSE 2018!

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’s OPEN HOUSE 2018!

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Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’s OPEN HOUSE returns for a wonderful week of free summer activities, in-between two weekends of huge musical line-ups.

 

There will be Free Movie Nights, Live Music & Entertainment, Street Food, Pop Up Bars, Tennis Screenings, Free Aerial Circus, Free Comedy Bingo, Free Family Theatre, The Royal Parks Showcase, Birra Moretti Presents The Gran Tour, and much more.

So come on down and enjoy the host of free activities bringing a true taste of summer to your week, all at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park!

 

Here’s what the OPEN HOUSE has in store….

 

FREE OUTDOOR CINEMA / MONDAY-THURSDAY (5.30PM AND 8.30PM)

 

Following the ever-growing demand over the past five years, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is hosting four evenings of themed movie nights at one of the biggest outdoor screenings in London. Whether you fancy a night of sing-along musical tunes such as ‘The Greatest Showman’ and ‘Grease’, or are a Wes Anderson fan, or maybe want to reminisce with an 80s classics like ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’, Hyde Park has got you covered.

 

Two films will be shown each evening at 5.30pm and 8.30pm. Entry is free on a first-come-first-served basis and headphones are provided!

 

MONDAY = FAMILY FAVOURITES

5.30pm: The Lego Movie (U)

8.30pm: Matilda (PG)

 

TUESDAY  = MUSICALS

5.30pm: Grease (PG)

8.30pm: The Greatest Showman (PG)

 

WEDNESDAY = CRITICS’ CHOICE

5.30pm: Lion (PG)

8.30pm: The Grand Budapest Hotel (15)

 

THURSDAY = 80S CLASSICS

5.30pm: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (PG)

8.30pm: Flash Gordon (PG)

 

 

FREE TENNIS SCREENINGS @ WIMBLEDON SCREEN / MONDAY-THURSDAY (12PM – END OF PLAY)

 

Want to watch the tennis outdoors this summer without the hassle of a crowded bar? Join us for FREE Wimbledon Championship screenings from 12pm onwards during Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’s OPEN HOUSE. Just bring a picnic blanket, grab a spot on the grass and you’re ready to catch all of the action.

 

 

FREE LIVE MUSIC @ THE BARCLAYCARD STAGE / MONDAY-THURSDAY (4PM – 10.30PM)

 

On the Barclaycard Stage from 4pm – 10pm, let ITV’s Arielle Free host your FREE evening of live music at OPEN HOUSE. Scottish TV Presenter and Radio DJ Arielle Free is one of the industry’s rising stars. With her passion for new music and music festivals, Arielle spends most of her summers hot footing between the UK’s biggest festivals including live hosting at Glastonbury and Bestival to name but a few.

 

Monday 9th July – Mister Kanish, Daytoner

 

Kicking off the festivities and new to OPEN HOUSE is Mister Kanish, a band who mix 90s style hip-hop with Mumford and Sons folk, UK garage with rock riffage. An unstoppable force on the party scene since 2008 smashing sets all over the UK with their unique arrangements of all your favourite songs.

 

Up next, Daytoner’s 6 piece line-up of baritone & tenor sax, flute, keys, bass, drums and DJ, fronted by the soul powerhouse that is Lucy Richards always fills the dance floor.

 

 

Tuesday 10th July – Freddie & Freeloaders, London Gay Big Band

 

Freddie & Freeloaders have achieved national acclaim for their live shows and interpretation of golden era Soul & Motown modern soulful dance and pop classics. They’ve worked alongside acts such as Sly and The Family Stone, Roy Ayres, De La Soul, Guru, Chase and Status, to perform regularly at Glastonbury Festival – and this year they’ll be gracing Hyde Park for OPEN HOUSE!
BST Hyde Park is delighted to welcome back the London Gay Big Band to OPEN HOUSE. The band, founded in the summer of 2011, is a sensational twenty piece jazz orchestra made up of predominantly – but not exclusively – LGBT musicians and vocalists. They’ll be bringing their fresh and fabulous vibe back to the midweek festivities!

 

 

Wednesday 11th July – London Gay Men’s Chorus, Temple Funk Collective

 

Britain’s biggest boy band, The London Gay Men’s Chorus return for a fourth year to entertain and inspire through their diverse and impressive repertoire. With music including Britney Spears, Rag’n‘Bone Man and Eric Whitacre, gems by Sondheim and Sia and vibrant settings of work from Brel to Björk, the concert promises to be another unique LGMC experience in Hyde Park.

 

Temple Funk Collective are new to British Summer Time Hyde Park. The New Orleans-style 8-piece brass band riot take their lead from Louisiana legends, adding gypsy, jungle and hip hop. With a rapidly growing fan base they are becoming one of the UKs top New Orleans Brass Bands now mixing upbeat originals into a set of classic covers, with both clever and cheeky arrangements Temple Funk are a band you can watch over and over again and still spot something new.

 

 

Thursday 12th July – House Gospel Choir, Old Dirty Brasstards

 

Also new to the midweek festivities is the House Gospel Choir. Even when the midweek is drawing to a close, there will be no slowing down with HGC’s electrifying House meets Gospel experience that never fails to get audiences singing, dancing and raving along!

 

Old Dirty Brasstards are a 10-piece drum and brass outfit made up of some of London’s top freelance Brass and percussion musicians, playing an eclectic mix of tunes from the Beatles through to Lady Gaga and Basement Jaxx by way of En Vogue. ODB aims are quite simple; to leave audiences smiling, singing and make them dance – get ready, Hyde Park!

 

 

FREE COMEDY BINGO WITH BOGAN BINGO & HIP HOP BINGO @ CARNIVAL STAGE / MONDAY-THURSDAY (7.45PM-8.45PM)

 

Strap in and prepare to experience the simmering chaos of the comedy gameshow, Bogan Bingo. An undeniably unique night of entertainment mixing classic 80s anthems, spectacular prizes, appalling choreography and two mulleted Aussie bingo callers – all tentatively held together by an eye watering version of the classic game of bingo.

 

Forget everything you know about bingo, as The Carnival Stage will also be bringing you Hip Hop Bingo! Hosted by the charming New Yorker Grandma Flash and her 87 year old lover, they call the numbers and drop the beats old school style in this brilliantly fun night out.
Expect phat prizes, lip sync battles, dance offs and gold plated everything all wrapped up in a night of bingo, breakin’ and booty shakin’.

 

For timetable, visit www.bst-hydepark/openhouse

 

STREET FOOD MARKET AND POP UP BARS / MONDAY-THURSDAY (12PM – 10PM)

 

Whether you are a pizza lover, prefer a sushi wrap or have a sweet tooth for a chocolate brownie, the OPEN HOUSE street food market has it all. You will be spoilt for choice with the finest traders on offer all week long. You can also cool off in the summer sun with a draft & craft beer, wine, spirits or event a cocktail at OPEN HOUSE’s pop up bars – serving from 12pm onwards.

 

BIRRA MORETTI PRESENTS THE GRAN TOUR / MONDAY-THURSDAY (12PM – 10PM)

 

Back for a second year at British Summer Time Hyde Park, Birra Moretti Presents The Gran Tour will once again be serving up the very best in Italian culture. Join us to make time for what matters, traditional Italian beer, authentic Italian food all enjoyed with your loved ones.

 

During OPEN HOUSE, we’ll take you on a taste tour of Italy. Try your hand at creating some regional Italian light bites to be shared with your chosen family. Savour the tastes of each region and learn how they have inspired the Birra Moretti range. If you aren’t hungry you can try your hand at Bocce, take in some live music and dance to our DJ as the sun goes down over Hyde Park.

 

FREE AERIAL CIRCUS AND WORKSHOPS WITH UPSWING / MONDAY-THURSDAY (4PM – 9PM)

 

Have a go at aerial and acrobatics with Upswing… if you dare! Aerial circus company Upswing arrives at BST Open House to share how they blend aerial circus, theatre and dance together in a wonderful jumble that’ll have the audience gasping. Come along to see our free performances throughout each evening, then have a go in one of the free open workshops with professional circus artists.

 

For full timetable, visit www.bst-hydepark/openhouse

 

THE ROYAL PARKS SHOWCASE / TUESDAY-THURSDAY

 

Summer is perfect time for budding and experienced gardeners alike to get their green fingers out, and OPEN HOUSE is the perfect place to do so.  The Royal Parks Showcase features a plant sale manned by horticultural experts, visitors will be able to get tips and advice as well as buy flowers and plants grown at the on-site Hyde Park Nursery. There will be daily talks including ‘Growing food in London’s small gardens’, educational activities for all the family, a photography display which features the winners from the Parks’ 2018 competition and a summer games area. There will also be opportunities to support The Royal Parks charity by signing up to run, cycle or swim in major events such as the London Marathon.

 

FREE FAMILY THEATRE WITH CHICKENSHED @ BARCLAYCARD STAGE / TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY (10.30AM – 2PM)

 

Returning to the festival, Chickenshed’s Tales from the Shed continues to grow and grow. This year will be the biggest performance of them all as Tales is teaming up with Brit School’s Community Arts Practice students who, as part of their course, study Chickenshed’s inclusive approach to theatre making

 

This collaboration will make the music livelier, the dance more spectacular and the acting considerably. Taking the whole experience to another theatrical level. The show will incorporate stories, both traditional and original told using puppets, full body suits, physical theatre and with constant input from the audience. This approach means no show will ever be the same, meaning it will be a truly unique theatre experience in a unique. And what’s more amazing is that it’s free!

 

Let’s tell some Tales as the Shed door is ready to open.

 

Timings

Tuesday 10th July (10.30am, 11.45pm and 12.45pm)

Wednesday 11th July (10.30am, 11.45pm and 12.45pm)

 

Each show lasts 50-60 minutes

 

OPEN HOUSE timings

Monday 9th July (12pm – 10pm)

Tuesday 10th – Thursday 12th July (8am – 10am / activities running from 12pm)

 

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2018 Classic BRITs Nominations Announced

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2018 Classic BRITs Nominations Announced

The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 announces nominations for this year, with a new category and recognition for a phenomenally diverse range of incredible artists. 101 year old Dame Vera Lynn leads the accolades with two nominations to add to her Lifetime Achievement Award.

There are multiple nominations for actress and musical theatre star Sheridan Smith after a stunning yearas well as Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, who sold over a million copies of their two blockbuster albums ‘Together’ and ‘Together Again’.

Classic BRIT Awards co-host Alexander Armstrong also receives two nominations and The Greatest Showman, one of the biggest albums on the planet right now, receives recognition in the brand new ‘Soundtrack Of the Year’ category.

Tina Guo represents the new wave of classical artists finding younger audiences via soundtracks and video games and is nominated for Female Artist Of The Year. Last year, she released an album of video game music – ‘Game On!’ – establishing her as the pre-eminent force in a growing genre.

Hans Zimmer, perhaps the Classic BRIT Awards’ most-listened to nominee, garners 3 nominations in the new ‘Soundtrack Of The Year’ category for his work on BBC series ‘Blue Planet II’ (alongside Jacob Shea and David Fleming), and blockbuster films ‘Blade Runner 2049’ (alongside Benjamin Wallfisch)and the extraordinary ‘Dunkirk’. The score received praise for its use of the ‘Shepard Tone’ that Zimmer describes as a ‘musical trick’ used to create ever-increasing intensity.

“The category also includes the phenomenon that is the soundtrack to ‘The Greatest Showman’ movie (the UK’s biggest selling album of 2018 so far).  The album has spent an astonishing 11 consecutive weeks at Number 1 on the UK Official Charts – the joint longest run at Number 1 in 30 years, tied with Adele’s ‘21’.

Olafur Arnalds’ score for hit ITV show ‘Broadchurch – The Final Chapter’, completes the category, recognising a hugely popular genre where the public hears incredible, newly composed music.

Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said:

“The nominations for this year’s Classic BRIT Awards have captured the essence of classic music in all its exciting and diverse forms. From operatic traditions to contemporary classical and from film and games soundtracks to musicals, all forms of classic music and the artists that bring it to life will be celebrated at this year’s awards. I am also thrilled that British music legend Dame Vera Lynn is honoured as our Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.”

Elsewhere, the nominations continue the theme of extraordinary and varied talent.

With Tina Guo, the Female Artist Of The Year category boasts Dame Vera Lynn, a national treasure whose album ‘Vera Lynn 100’ became the biggest selling album released by a woman in 2017. They are joined by 24 year old classical pianist and phenomenon Beatrice Rana, opera legend Renée Fleming and Sheridan Smith.

In the Male Artist Of The Year category, opera’s leading man, tenor Jonas Kaufmann brings the classical star quality, alongside modern composer Max Richter, famous for his own work on screen and stage alongside his acclaimed recordings. Our Classic BRITs host Alexander Armstrong is nominated, a renaissance talent, if ever there was one as host of popular daytime TV quiz ‘Pointless, a celebrated comedian and classically trained baritone with 2 top 10 albums to his name.

Completing the category are two young men with the world at their feet, both educated at state schools, illustrating a new accessibility for classical music. Tokio Myers is a supremely talented musician who won Britain’s Got Talent 2017 with his musical mash-ups incorporating classical music elements. After his reworking of ‘Jerusalem’ for the Official Commonwealth Games anthem last month, he will also be awarded the Classic BRITS Breakthrough Artist Of The Year Award.

Sheku Kanneh- Mason is a 19 year old cellist whose debut album ‘Inspiration’ broke into the Top 20 in the Official UK Album Chart and was also No.1 in the Classical Chart, applying for the job as the classical sensation of a new generation. His covers of Bob Marley and Leonard Cohen sit alongside Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 on the record, illustrating his diverse musical taste.

Group Of The Year sees young Scots, the Ayoub Sisters competing against Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, whose recent partnership has cemented them as among Britain’s most popular entertainers. Sensations 2CELLOS join the category alongside Jools Holland & Jose Feliciano’s album collaboration ‘As You See Me Now’.

The latter receive a further nomination for Classic FM Album Of the Year, the award voted for by listeners of Classic FM.  The worldwide best-seller Andre Rieu is also a strong contender for that category, alongside more nominations for Dame Vera LynnMichael Ball & Alfie BoeTokio MyersAlexander ArmstrongSheridan Smith and Sheku Kanneh-Mason among others.

Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s managing editor, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with the Classic BRITs once again, and to host the voting for the Classic FM Album of the Year. With 5.7 million listeners, Classic FM is the UK’s biggest classical music radio station, and we’re looking forward to reflecting all the excitement ahead of what’s set to be a great night.”

The Classic BRIT Awards returns for 2018 for the first time in 5 years – reformatted and refreshed, exclusively broadcast on ITV and in partnership with Classic FM – to celebrate the growing appeal of classical and music from film, television, theatre and games.

Hosted by musicians and presenters Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong, performers announced so far include the incredible Andrea Bocelli, Britain’s favourite duo Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, opera legend Sir Bryn Terfeland pianist Tokio Myers.

Showcasing the best and brightest of incredible new British talent, the Classic BRIT Awards’ Sound Of Classical Poll is looking for classical artists aged 13-30 and tipped for a great future. The winner will be chosen by an expert panel and revealed at the ceremony in June.

The winner will receive £1000 toward their music tuition or equipment and 4 tickets to the Classic BRIT Awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on June 13th. Enter at www.classicbrits.co.uk.

The categories for this year’s Classic BRIT Awards 2018 are:

Male Artist of the Year
Female Artist of the Year
Group of the Year
Soundtrack of the Year
Critics’ Choice in association with Apple Music
Classic FM Album of the Year
Classic BRITs Icon
Sound of Classical 2018
Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Special Recognition Award
Lifetime Achievement Award

Tickets for The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 on sale now 
Ticket Prices range from: £23.00 to £74.00 
Available from: Phone Number 020 7589 8212 and website www.royalalberthall.com