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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Faryl Smith up for Classical Brits

Faryl Smith has been nominated for two Classical Brit Awards
Faryl Smith has been nominated for two Classical Brit Awards

Faryl Smith has landed two nominations for the Classical Brit Awards - and will be up against the Pope.

The Britain's Got Talent star is one of three double nominees and is the youngest artist to receive such an accolade.

Faryl - who rose to fame on last year's BGT series - is up for the young British performer title, as well as album of the year.

Her release Faryl lines up against Alma Mater's Music From The Vatican, which features the voice of Pope Benedict, as well as Blake, Camilla Kerslake, the Coldstream Guards Band, Fron Male Voice Choir, Howard Goodall's Enchanted Voices, Only Men Aloud, Rhydian and The Priests.

The 14-year-old faces violinist Jack Liebeck and early music ensemble Stile Antico for the best young artist prize.

Nominations for the 11th annual Classical Brit Awards with NS And I were announced at The May Fair Hotel in London. The event takes place at the Royal Albert Hall on May 13, with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa due to close the show as she is honoured with a lifetime achievement award.

The event will also feature Dutch violinist Andre Rieu, who has been one of the biggest classical successes of the year.

Pappano is nominated as best male against Vasily Petrenko and four-time Classical Brit winner Bryn Terfel. He is also up for the critics' award for Verdi's Messa da Requiem.

As well as competing for the best album title, reigning composer of the year, Goodall is battling for the same title this year against Ludovico Einaudi and Thomas Ades.

This year's event - to be broadcast by ITV1 on May 18 - will be hosted by Myleene Klass, returning for the third time.

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