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Which star is best of Brit-ish?

TWO of Wales' classical stars are battling it out for the best album award at the Classic Brits.

Mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins and Catrin Finch are both nominated for the Album of the Year award at the Classic Brit Awards 2013.

The category is the only one of the awards open to a public vote before the winner is announced in an event at the Royal Albert Hall on October 2. Cardiff-based harpist Catrin is nominated for her collaboration with the British composer John Rutter for Deutsche Grammophon called Blessing.

The album includes new works by Rutter, including his Suite Lyrique for harp and strings, as well as arrangements of traditional Welsh folksongs with award-winning Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas.

It was a Classic FM album of the week after its release last November.

The station's reviewer described it as "a perfect combination of Catrin's sublime harp playing complemented by flute, oboe, the lush tones of Sinfonia Cymru, and music by John Rutter".

Neath-born Jenkins is nominated for her 2012 album This is Christmas, which was released on October 30 last year through Warner Music.

Other rivals for the crown include a Franciscan friar, easy listening star Richard Clayderman and king of the waltz Andre Rieu.


Harpist Catrin Finch has been nominated for the Album of the Year award at the Classic Brit Awards 2013
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 10, 2013
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