Classical Brit Award Nominees Unveiled
Conductor Sir Simon Rattle, tenor Russell Watson, bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, and soprano Lesley Garrett each received two nominations for the Classical Brit Awards 2001, to be presented May 31 at LondConductor Sir Simon Rattle, tenor Russell Watson, bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, and soprano Lesley Garrett each received two nominations for the Classical Brit Awards 2001, to be presented May 31 at London's Royal Albert Hall.
Rattle's Grammy-winning live recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 10 (EMI Classics) with the Berlin
Philharmonic is up for the critics' award and ensemble/orchestral album of the year; Watson is nominated for male artist of the year, and his "The Voice" (Decca) is nominated for album of the year. Terfel and Garrett's nods include male and female artist of the year, respectively.
String quartet Bond appeared last night (April 26) at a function at Albert Hall to honor the nominees. The all-female act will join Rattle, Watson, violin virtuoso Kennedy, soprano Angela Gheorghiu, and the New College Choir as guest performers at the event next month. Car manufacturer Rover is sponsoring the awards, following the success of the inaugural ceremony last May.
Voting for four of the awards will be by an academy consisting of the media, the British Association of Record Dealers, members of the Musicians Union, concert promoters, industry executives, and orchestra leaders. Listeners of radio station Classic FM will be invited to vote for the album of the year accolade, and a chosen panel of national media will decide the winner of the critics award. National U.K. network ITV will broadcast a 75-minute special on June 10.