Star cellist Lynn Harrell, soprano Angela Gheorghiu, conductor Simon Rattle and young singing sensation Charlotte Church have been nominated for Classical Brit Awards.
This marks just the second year of the Classical Brits, which are Britainís equivalent of the Grammys Ė the USís music 'Oscars'.
Opera divas Angela Gheorghiu, Renee Fleming and Lesley Garrett are to battle it out for the title Female Artist of the Year, while Male Artist of the Year will be a fight between bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, violinist Kennedy (who has dropped his first name, Nigel) and tenor Russell Watson, a relative newcomer who has topped the UK classical charts.
Ghorghiu, Kennedy and Watson will all be performing at the gala awards ceremony, which takes place at the Royal Albert Hall on 31 May.
Cellist and GMN Artist Lynn Harrell has been nominated in the Critics Award category Ė voted for by critics from the national media Ė for his CD of duos with Kennedy. Competing against them are Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, for their recording of Mahlerís 10th Symphony, and Paul Daniel and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, for Elgarís 3rd Symphony.
Russell Watson is also up for the Rover Album of the Year for his album "The Voice", alongside Charlotte Churchís "Dream a Dream" and William Orbitís "Pieces in a Modern Style".
The Ensemble/Orchestral Album of the Year is a contest between Barberís Symphonies nos.1&2 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Mahlerís Symphony no.10 with the Berlin Philharmonic, and Tavener Choral Music from St Johnís College Choir, Cambridge.
The nominations for Young British Classical Performer are Freddy Kempf, Guy Johnston and Thomas Ades.
Tue May 1 2001 (11:06:49 AM)