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Classic Brit Awards: Royal wedding cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason wins

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason at the Classic Brit AwardsImage copyright PA
Image caption Kanneh-Mason’s debut album reached quantity 11 within the UK charts

Teenage cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has adopted his efficiency on the royal wedding in May by successful two prizes at this yr’s Classic Brit Awards.

The 19-year-old received male artist of the yr and the critics’ alternative award.

Dame Vera Lynn, 101, mentioned she was “thrilled” to obtain a lifetime achievement award, which her daughter accepted on her behalf.

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe had been named group of the yr and their LP Together Again was voted album of the yr.

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Image caption Michael Ball and Alfie Boe pretended to make off with the Brits statue on the pink carpet

The ceremony – hosted by Classic FM presenters Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong – returned to the Royal Albert Hall after a five-year hiatus.

Other winners included Tokio Myers and Renee Fleming, whereas Andrew Lloyd Webber and Andrea Bocelli obtained accolades for his or her companies to the trade.

The performers included mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, in her first televised efficiency because the delivery of her second youngster.

Kanneh-Mason’s rise follows the shock crossover success of his debut album Inspiration.

The Nottingham-born star made historical past in 2016 when he grew to become the primary black winner of the BBC Young Musician competitors.

Former Britain’s Got Talent winner Tokio Myers, who was named breakthrough artist of the yr, mentioned he hoped his win would encourage younger individuals to “explore a side of music they might not normally listen to for themselves”.

Renée Fleming received feminine artist of the yr for her involvement within the Broadway revival of the musical Carousel, whereas The Greatest Showman was named greatest soundtrack.

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Image caption Myleene Klass co-hosted the ceremony

Brit Awards chief government Geoff Taylor expressed satisfaction on the variety of the winners.

“It’s great to see nice icons resembling Dame Vera Lynn and Andrea Bocelli being rightly honoured but additionally very encouraging to witness a new wave bristling with expertise.

“With such exciting new artists, classic music is evolving and embracing the opportunities that the streaming era offers to connect with new fans.”

Speaking to BBC South East Today about her lifetime award, Dame Vera mentioned it was “lovely” to nonetheless be acknowledged after “all these years”.

She expressed shock as a result of it has been a very long time since she has completed any singing.

“That’s something from the past unfortunately, but it’s still nice to know that I’m remembered,” she mentioned.

Bocelli and Lord Lloyd-Webber had been each additionally recognised for his or her companies to the trade.

The Italian was awarded the icon award for his 20-year profession and thanked the UK for its “benevolence” towards him.

Lord Lloyd-Webber, in the meantime, obtained the particular recognition award for musical theatre and training.

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