Goodall 'Composer of the Year' at Classical Brits

Goodall 'Composer of the Year' at Classical Brits

The tenth annual Classical BRIT Awards has honoured the British composer Howard Goodall has been awarded Composer of the Year at the 2009 Classical BRIT Awards, in a glittering gala event held in London's Royal Albert Hall on 14 May.

Receiving his award from British actor David Suchet, Goodall admitted: “I’m not going to lie about this – it’s fantastic!”

His album Eternal Light: A Requiem features performances by Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford and London Music, conducted by Stephen Darlington with soloists Natasha Marsh, Alfie Boe and Christopher Maltman.

As a composer of choral music, stage musicals, film and TV scores, as well as an award-winning broadcaster and energetic campaigner for music education, Howard Goodall was appointed as England’s first ever National Ambassador for Singing in 2007 and he is currently Classic FM’s Composer-in-Residence.

His most recent choral album Enchanted Voices ("the unique sound of 21st century chant") has been riding high in the classical charts since its release on 23 March.