Male choir beat Pope to Classical Brit Awards title

Only Men Aloud and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Only Men Aloud and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa were among the winners

Related Stories

The winners of a TV talent show have beaten the Pope to the album of the year at the Classical Brit Awards.

Only Men Aloud, winners of the BBC's Last Choir Standing, won with Band of Brothers, beating Alma Mater's Music From The Vatican, featuring the Pope.

Other winners included conductor Vasily Petrenko and soprano Angela Gheorghiu.

Soprano Kiri Te Kanawa was honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the ceremony hosted by Myleene Klass at London's Royal Albert Hall.

The New Zealand-born singer joins a list of past recipients which includes Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras.

Classical stars on how their music has crossed into the mainstream

The soundtrack of the year was awarded to the Oscar-nominated Revolutionary Road by American composer Thomas Newman, while Thomas Ades won composer of the year for the Tempest.

Only Men Aloud's win saw them beat 14-year-old Faryl Smith, a finalist on Britain's Got Talent in 2008.

Teenager Smith also lost out in the young British classical performer category to violinist Jack Liebeck.

The critics' choice award went to Verdi's Messa Da Requiem performed by the Roma Orchestra Dell' Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Entertainment & Arts stories

RSS

Features

  • The OfficeIn pictures

    Fifty landmark shows from 50 years of BBC Two


  • French luxury Tea House, Mariage Freres display of tea pots Tea for tu

    France falls back in love with tea - but don't expect a British cuppa


  • Worcestershire flagFlying the flag

    Preserving the identities of England's counties


  • Female model's bottom in leopard skin trousers as she walks up the catwalkBum deal

    Why budget buttock ops can be bad for your health


  • Two women in  JohanesburgYour pictures

    Readers' photos on the theme of South Africa


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.