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Royal wedding cellist Kanneh-Mason triumphs at Classic BRIT Awards

LONDON (Reuters) – Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the 19-year-old cellist who received a legion of followers world wide when he performed at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding final month, has added to his checklist of accolades, scooping two prizes at the Classic BRIT Awards in London.

FILE PHOTO: Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber poses for an image throughout an interview with Reuters in New York, U.S., March 5, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo

Kanneh-Mason, who received 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year, was named Male Artist of the Year in addition to Critics Choice at the ceremony in London on Wednesday evening celebrating classical music in theater, movie, tv and video games.

The cellist was catapulted into the worldwide highlight at the May 19 wedding in Windsor, the place, accompanied by an orchestra, he performed Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria”, Gabriel Faure’s “Apres un Reve” and “Sicilienne” by Maria Theresia von Paradis.

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Also at the Classic British Record Industry Trust (BRIT) Awards ceremony, American soprano Renee Fleming received Female Artist of the Year, whereas singers Michael Ball and Alfi Boe have been named Group of the Year.

Veteran British singer Vera Lynn, who carried out for British troops throughout World War Two, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli was named Classic BRITs Icon.

Other honorees included composer Andrew Lloyd Webber who took a Special Recognition Award for Musical Theatre and Education.

Reporting By Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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