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Faryl Smith is 'youngest' double Classical Brit nominee

Faryl Smith and Pope Benedict
Faryl Smith (l) is the youngest artist to receive a double nomination

Britain's Got Talent star Faryl Smith and Pope Benedict will compete for a prize at the Classical Brit Awards, which takes place next month.

Smith, 14, is the youngest artist to receive a double nomination and is up for the young British performer title, as well as album of the year.

Her debut is shortlisted with Alma Mater's Music From The Vatican, which features the voice of Pope Benedict.

The event takes place at the Royal Albert Hall on 13 May.

Lifetime achievement

Smith faces violinist Jack Liebeck and early music ensemble Stile Antico for the best young artist prize.

Conductor and music director of the Royal Opera Antonio Pappano, and composer Howard Goodall have also received two nominations.

Pappano is nominated as best male artist against Vasily Petrenko and four-time Classical Brit winner Bryn Terfel.

He is also up for the critics' award for Verdi's Messa da Requiem.

Myleene Klass
Klass will present the ceremony

As well as competing for the best album title, Goodall is battling for the same title this year against Ludovico Einaudi and Thomas Ades.

Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu, Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and US conductor and violinist Marin Alsop, who have all previously won female artist of the year, feature in the category again this year.

Soprano Kiri Te Kanawa will be honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the ceremony, which is being hosting by Myleene Klass.

The show will be broadcast on ITV1 on May 18.

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