Ball’s up at Classic Brits

Ball’s up at Classic Brits


norman lebrecht

March 23, 2018

Afte a five-year break, the music biz shabang is back with a change of name.

No more Classical Brits. It’s Classic.


Pop duo Michael Ball and Alfie Boe.

Signor Bocelli.

Hosted by Classic FM’s underwear model Mylene Klass.

Don’t miss it, will you?

press release:

The Classic BRIT Awards returns for 2018 for the first time in 5 years – reformatted and refreshed, exclusively broadcast on ITV and in partnership with Classic FM – to celebrate the growing appeal of classical and music from film, television, theatre and games.
These musical genres are now enjoyed in more ways than ever before and 2018’s Awards will pay tribute to the brightest and the best, celebrate our classic legends and look firmly to the future.
Announced today for the show on 13th June at the Royal Albert Hall are hostsMyleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong.  Both are presenters on Classic FM and musicians in their own right and this will be Myleene’s 7th Classic BRIT Awards.  Alexander is welcomed for the first time and is also one of the genre’s most popular acts with 2 top 10 albums to his name.  Apple Music is the official music service for this year’s awards.
The first performers for the Royal Albert Hall event are also announced today, proving that this music gives rise to global stars, national treasures and exciting new talent.
Andrea Bocelli is Classic BRIT Awards’ royalty. The biggest selling classical artist of all time, he has performed for four U.S. presidents, two popes and the Royal Family, as well as at ceremonies for the Olympic Games and the World Cup.  Known for opera and global crossover hits including ‘Time To Say Goodbye’, he recently scored a worldwide Number 1 with Ed Sheeran on the song ‘Perfect Symphony’ and has a very special performance in mind for this year’s ceremony.

Michael Ball & Alfie Boe are two great modern voices who came ‘Together’ for 2016’s best-selling album in the UK, achieving the Christmas Number 1 record.  In 2017, their second album ‘Together Again’ went straight to Number 1 and two sold out arena tours cemented their position as two of Britain’s best loved entertainers and pushed their record sales over 1 million within a year.


  • William Davenport says:

    I think Mylene Klass has a stronger musical pedigree than the writer of this blog. So I am not offended by this choice.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    Who is the beautiful woman at the bottom of the blog post?

  • erich says:

    Poor audience…forced to listen to the white-voiced out-of-tune bleat of Bocelli. Painful.

  • Robert Roy says:

    I never understand why performing for Popes, Presidents and members of the Royal Family is seen as such a big deal. With a few honourable exceptions, most of these people couldn’t tell the difference between genius and mediocrity when it comes to music.

  • Steven van Staden says:

    As though the world isn’t depressing enough.

  • David Hilton says:

    I may be in the minority here, but I think that Ms Klass and Mr Armstrong — both excellent musicians though admittedly known to the wider public for other televised endeavours — are excellent choices to host a televised awards programme for classical recording artists broadly understood. If only a handful of young students viewing the program choose to take up an instrument or join a choir it will be more than worth it.