The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards won the biggie at this year's Classical BRIT Awards, beating platinum-sellers Katherine Jenkins and the Priests to NS&I album of the year with "Spirit Of The Glen."

Teenage singing sensation Faryl Smith opened this year's awards with a waltzer-backed "River Of Light," her version of "The Blue Danube." The track appears on the 13-year-old reality TV star's debut album, "Faryl" (UCJ), which was the fastest selling classical solo debut in the U.K., according to the Official Charts Co.

Hosted by a scarlet-robed Myleene Klass at London's Royal Albert Hall, the ceremony featured two of the legendary Three Tenors, Plácido Domingo and José Carreras. Domingo performed in the first half with Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins, (who was nominated for best album). Carreras closed the show with a rendition of Eldo Di Lázaro's "Chitarra Romana."

Backstage, Domingo waxed lyrical about the "wonderful" Jenkins and talked about his forthcoming "long nose" as Cyrano de Bergerac at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.

Composer of the year went to ubiquitous Brit Howard Goodall for "Eternal Light - A Requiem" (EMI) who, offstage, said that it was "great to get a gong that can be awarded for both pop and classical." He added, "Actors always say when they get an Oscar that the phone doesn't ring any faster but it would be nice if people buy the record."

The absent Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel scooped male artist of the year before a performance of the Hummel Trumpet Concerto in E Flat Rondo by trumpeter (and best female artist winner) Alison Balsom, in a very tight white dress.

The Priests sang "Ave Maria", backed by a boys choir and former child star Aled Jones announced the young British classical performer or group award to the (not-present) Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova, whose fourth album is released in September on the Hyperion label.

Pianist Lang Lang performed the "Heroic" Chopin Polonaise Op.53 in A Flat Major with his usual panache, returning to collaborate on Gershwin's "Rhapsdody In Blue" with jubilant jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, the first jazz pianist to perform at the event. The awards will be broadcast at 10.35pm on May 19 on ITV1.

The winners:
Composer of the year: Howard Goodall (EMI)
Male artist of the year: Gustavo Dudamel
Critics' choice award - Sir Charles Mackerras
Best young British classical performer or group - Alina Ibragimova
Female artist of the year - Alison Balsom
Soundtrack of the year - "The Dark Knight" (Warner), Hans Zimmer,
James Newton Howard
NS&I album of the year - "Spirit Of The Glen", Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (UCJ)
Lifetime achievement award - Jose Carreras