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Thursday, 31 May, 2001, 16:13 GMT 17:13 UK
Classical stars vie for Brit awards
String quartet Bond
Bond were expelled from the UK classical record charts
The accessible and populist side of classical music will be on show at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday night.

The Classical Brit Awards, being held for the second time, have been criticised for taking classical music downmarket but it aims to take the music to a wider audience.

Katie Derham
News reader Katie Derham will present the awards
String-quartet Bond, who are playing at the ceremony, have been criticised for being too pop based and have been banned from the classical charts.

The quartet is not nominated for an award but there is thought to be tension within the judging panel over their inclusion on the bill.

Click here to see the list of nominations

Awards are handed out in the manner of the ceremony's bigger and brasher pop brother, with prizes for best male act, best female act and best album among others.

Among those competing for awards are tenor Russell Watson, violinist Nigel Kennedy and Madonna's producer William Orbit, who had a hit with an album of dance versions of classical music, including Barber's Adagio for Strings.

Charlotte Church
Charlotte Church: British artist of the year in 2000
ITN news presenter Katie Derham will host the awards, which will be broadcast on ITV on 3 June.

Chris Black, director of Sony Classical UK and a member of the Classical Brits nominating academy, criticised Bond earlier in the year.

He said: "For people who like classical music, this is dumbing down to the nth degree."

The Classical Brits, a spin-off from the established Brit Awards, began last year.

Its nominating academy is composed of record company representatives, venue managers, journalists and radio presenters from the classical world.

Last year teenage soprano Charlotte Church was named British artist of the year, while Bryn Terfel and Argentinian pianist Martha Argerich won the best male and female artist awards respectively.

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Classical Brit Awards 2001: Nominations

Male Artist of the Year
Bryn Terfel
Russell Watson

Female Artist of the Year
Angela Gheorghiu
Lesley Garrett
Renee Fleming

Ensemble/Orchestral Album of the Year
Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Barber: symphonies numbers 1 & 2
Berliner Philharmoniker - Mahler: symphony No 10
St John's College Choir - Tavener/Choral Music (Song for Athene, Svyati, Christmas Proclamation)

Young British Classical Performer
Freddy Kempf Bis
Guy Johnston
Thomas Ades

Critics' Award
Berliner Philharmoniker - Mahler Symphony No 10
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Elgar Symphony No 3
Kennedy/Harrell - Duos for violin & cello

Album of the Year
The top three will be announced at the show.

Russell Watson - The Voice
William Orbit - Pieces in a Modern Style
Charlotte Church - Dream a Dream
Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard - Gladiator OST
Andrea Bocelli - Verdi
Bryn Terfel -We'll keep a welcome
Lesley Garrett - I will wait for you
Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti - The Three Tenors Christmas
Barrington Pheloung - Magic of Inspector Morse
Filippa Giordano - Filippa Giordano

See also:

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