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Sydney’s saxophone star Amy Dickson has become the first Australian performer to win a Classical BRIT Award taking out the Breakthrough Artist of the Year award for her new album Dusk & Dawn.
The Awards ceremony, held in London’s Royal Albert Hall, saw Dickson up against a lineup of star talent including American cellist Alisa Weilerstein, Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja and Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth.
At the concert she also gave a crowd-pleasing performance of Going Home, a song which inspired the Mark Knopfler ‘concerto’ which formed part of her ARIA-nominated album Catch me If You Can.
“I was so honoured and surprised to receive the award, I was up against some really amazing performers”, London-based Amy said afterwards. “The whole night was incredible, not only winning the award, but to be the first Australian performer to do so… I’m so thrilled.”
Dusk & Dawn shot straight to the No. 1 spot on the UK Classical Charts and has been described as late-night classical listening at its best. “The album is a beautiful mix of music from all genres, from Chopin to Tom Waits!” Dickson explains. “We have pulled it all together by emulating the beautiful sound world of 50’s and ‘60’s film scores, with all their gorgeous shimmering strings, which is one of my favourite eras.”
Dusk & Dawn is released on Sony in Australia on October 18 and will be reviewed in December’s Limelight.