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Andrea Bocelli Announced As Winner Of The Raymond Weil Sponsored International Artist Of The Year Award

Andrea Bocelli Announced As Winner Of The Raymond Weil Sponsored International Artist Of The Year Award

LONDON, UK (Top40 Charts/ APR Communications) RAYMOND WEIL, the luxury Swiss watchmaker, is delighted to announce its sponsorship of the International Artist of the Year Award, which will be presented to Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli to mark his 20th anniversary in the music industry.

Andrea Bocelli, who has released 22 albums and sold over 75 million records worldwide, is to be presented with the prestigious award by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall on 2nd October at The Classic BRIT Awards 2012 in association with MasterCard for which RAYMOND WEIL is the official watch and timing partner.

'Classical music is integral to the heritage and identity of RAYMOND WEIL - many of our collections are named after Operas so we are delighted to be sponsoring an award that is being presented to such an iconic figure within the Classical music and opera world. - says Ellie Bernheim, Director - RAYMOND WEIL

The Classic BRIT Awards were launched in 2000 to honour the achievements of classical musicians and the growth of classical music sales in the UK. Among the previous winners are Bryn Terfel, Andrea Bocelli, Gustavo Dudamel and Charlotte Church.

This year's event will be hosted by Myleene Klass and will feature spectacular performances from the likes of André Rieu, Nicola Benedetti and Andrea Bocelli. Hollywood legend John Williams' Lifetime Achievement award will be celebrated by a visual and audio spectacular performed by the London Chamber Orchestra conducted by James Morgan. The orchestra will present a montage of John Williams' towering body of film score epics such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jaws, Indiana Jones, Superman, ET and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Nominees for this years event include the crème de la crème of the classical music world and include; Lang Lang, Vasily Petrenko, Alison Blasom, Joyce DiDonato, Noah Stewart, John Williams, Andrea Rieu and Hayley Westenra to name just a few.

This special Limited Edition RAYMOND WEIL Maestro watch will be presented to all performers, presenters and winners during the evening.

RAYMOND WEIL history of music includes:
Partner to the Royal Opera House 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000,1999, 1998,1997

Sponsor of MTV Europe Sony BMG after-show party 2006, 2005, 2004
Sponsor of 47th Grammy EMI after-show party in LA 2005
Sponsor of Nordoff-Robbins Silver Clef lunch 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002

Design collaboration with Lemar 2007
Design collaboration with Jay Kay 2006
Design collaboration with Craig David 2005
Involvement at Music Industry Trust Award dinner 2006,2004
Official Watch of The BRIT Awards 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
Advertorials with Il Divo, Sugababes, Natasha Bedingfield, Katherine Jenkins, Leona Lewis, Lemar, Beth Rowley, Gabriela Cilmi, Bryn Christophers, George Craig and Jade Ewen, Labrinth, Olly Murs, Natalia Kills, Clare Maguire, Jason Derulo, Spark.

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