Backstage at Classic BRIT Awards 2018

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The cellist at the Royal Wedding Sheku Kanneh-Mason and the much-loved duo of Michael Ball and Alfie Boe each scooped two awards at the returning Classic BRIT Awards ceremony while myself Kiran Rai had the present on stage and party with Legend Beverley Knight and Sarah Ferguson and Amanda Holden and Michael Ball, Tokyo Myers, at the after party! Thanks Daily Sport! 

Kanneh-Mason took home the Male Artist of the Year and the Critics’ Choice award, while Ball & Boe won the Classic FM Album of the Year and the Best Group category.

There were also wins for Renée Fleming, Tokio Myers and the young saxophonist Jess Gillam, who was the winner of the first ever Sound of Classical poll.

A handful of special awards were also given out – Andrea Bocelli received Classic BRITs Icon, while Andrew Lloyd Webber was given the Special Recognition Award for Musical Theatre & Education.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Dame Vera Lynn who, aged 101, was unable to attend the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall. “It’s humbling to receive accolades and I’m delighted that people still enjoy my music all these years later.”

Soundtrack of the Year went to Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s songs and music for The Greatest Showman.

Female Artist of the Year

Renée Fleming

Male Artist of the Year

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Group of the Year

Michael Ball & Alfie Boe

Soundtrack of the Year

The Greatest Showman OST (Benj Pasek & Justin Paul)

Critics’ Choice in association with Apple Music

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Classic FM Album of the Year

Michael Ball & Alfie Boe

Classic BRITs Icon

Andrea Bocelli

Sound of Classical 2018

Jess Gillam

PPL Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Tokio Myers

Special Recognition Award for Musical Theatre & Education

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dame Vera Lynn

Speaking to Classic FM’s Sam Pittis after the ceremony, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason said: “It’s an amazing feeling to even be at the event, so to have one an award is amazing.”

Saxophonist Jess Gillam, who won the Sound of Classical 2018 Award, said: “It’s a real honour to have won – although it was really odd being up on the stage and not playing!

“But it’s such an important award to encourage and inspire young talent. And it’s so important at the moment, with all the cuts happening, to expose classical music to young people.”

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