The BPI, representing UK record companies, is delighted to announce that Classic FM Album of the year nominees, the Central Band of the RAF are confirmed to perform at the Classic BRIT Awards 2011. Taking place at the Royal Albert Hall on 12 May the event will be attended by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

The Fanfare Trumpeters of the Central Band of the RAF will follow their performance as part of the wedding ceremony of Prince William and Catherine Middleton when they open proceedings of the Classic BRIT Awards 2011 and the arrival of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

The Central Band of the RAF’s album ‘Reach For The Skies’ as one of the biggest selling classical albums of the past 12 months has earned their first nomination for a Classic BRIT Award for Classic FM Album of the Year. The album, which commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the 90th Anniversary of the band itself, once again displayed the excellence that the band have become known for since their inception in 1920.

The Classic BRIT Awards 2011 will be hosted by Myleene Klass, presiding over a gala evening with the presentation of eight awards and performances from trumpeter Alison Balsom, German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, Eric Whitacre and The Eric Whitacre Singers, tenor Alfie Boe with a performance with the cast of Les Misérables, Russell Watson, Katherine Jenkins and ‘Artist of the Decade’ recipients Il Divo, making their Classic BRIT Award debut and world-premiering a new song. The London Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christopher Warren-Green will accompany all performers.

John Barry will be posthumously honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to Music award. The award presentation will be followed by a celebration of some of Barry’s greatest scores, performed by The London Chamber Orchestra in a grand finale featuring contributions from some of the UK’s most celebrated classical performers. Completing the evening Dame Shirley Bassey will take to the stage for a debut Classic BRIT Awards appearance with a show-stopping performance of ‘Goldfinger’.

In addition to the Outstanding Contribution to Music and Artist of the Decade Awards, there will be six awards handed out on the night as follows:
  • Classic FM Album of the Year
  • Male Artist of the year
  • Female artist of the year
  • Composer of the Year
  • Newcomer Award
  • Critics’ Award
Established in 2000 to honour and recognise all forms of classical music from contemporary to crossover, opera to soundtracks, traditional to theatre, the Classic BRIT Awards 2011 will celebrate British successes both nationally and internationally. Forming a two-hour musical spectacular, this gala night will feature some of the greatest British talent and music, plus global stars on the same stage for one magnificent night.

The last remaining £20 tickets for the Classic BRIT Awards have been released today and are available from the Royal Albert Hall box office on 020 7589 8212.

The Classic BRIT awards 2011 will be broadcast on ITV1 on 29 May 2011.


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