American-born conductor Marin Alsop and Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel were respectively honored last night (May 25) with Classical Brit awards for female and male artists of the year.

American-born conductor Marin Alsop and Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel were respectively honored last night (May 25) with Classical Brit awards for female and male artists of the year.

The 6th annual gala was again held at London's Royal Albert Hall and organized by trade association the British Phonographic Industry.

Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins' "Second Nature" (UCJ) won the album of the year category, which was sponsored by British financial-services provider National Savings and Investments.

John Williams took out the inaugural soundtrack composer award for his recordings for "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" and "The Terminal."

Veteran flutist Sir James Galway received the prestigious award for outstanding contribution to music.

The majority of the categories were voted on by the Classical Brit Awards voting academy, which comprises industry executives, members of the media and orchestra leaders. Classic FM listeners decided the album of the year award.

NS&I sponsored this year's ceremony, which will air Sunday (May 29) on British terrestrial broadcaster ITV.