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Terfel wins second Grammy award
Bryn Terfel (R) recording with Aled Jones
Bryn Terfel (R) recorded a duet with Aled Jones for the album
Opera singer Bryn Terfel has won a Grammy for his Simple Gifts album released in 2005.

Terfel picked up the award - his second Grammy - for best classic crossover album at the ceremony in Los Angeles.

Simple Gifts, released on the Deutsche Grammophon label, is a mixture of spiritual and secular songs and includes a duet with singer Aled Jones.

Terfel was unable to attend the 49th Grammys, but said he was "delighted" to win such a "prestigious award".

The singer won his first Grammy for his album Opera Arias in 1996.

Queen's medal

Terfel, who is currently in Vienna, said: "Simple Gifts was a joyous recording to make, full of the most beautiful music, and the experience shared with some great friends who also feature on the album - John Williams, Simon Keenlyside and Aled Jones.

"It's a particular pleasure therefore to win such a prestigious award for this recording - I'm delighted."

Album Simple Gifts includes music from Mozart, Pergolesi, Sondheim and a duet by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins.

In July, Terfel became the second holder of the Queen's Medal for Music in a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

He was presented with the medal by the Queen on stage at a special BBC Prom marking her 80th birthday.

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