Myleene Klass will be presenting The Classic Brit Awards at the Royal Albert Hall on June 13th 2018.
She’s thrilled to be returning as host of The Classic BRIT Awards, which is back after a hiatus of five years to show off the best of classical – and classical crossover – music.
Myleene will be co-hosting the glittering ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall with Pointless’s Alexander Armstrong, where performances by Andrea Bocelli, Britain’s Got Talent winner Tokio Myers, and Michael Ball and Alfie Boe will keep audiences entertained between awards.
Before stepping into her gown for the big event, Myleene sat down for a chinwag with Saturday to talk about her love of music, how her daughters lark about backstage at the awards event, and how she feels about turning 40…
Myleene, how exciting is it that The Classic Brits are back?
Classical music seems to be more popular than ever… I can’t believe they ever went away. It’s become so popular now because of video games and movie
scores, from Hans Zimmer to Star Wars and Wonder Woman.
It’s brilliant that so many people are not feeling intimidated by classical music any more.
Myleene Klass at the Brit Awards 2018.
There’s quite a list of nominees (everyone from Sheridan Smith to Dame Vera Lynn and Jools Holland), too…
It just shows the breadth of performers we have.
With someone like Sheridan, it’s great that the Classic Brits acknowledge the kind of dedication that goes into honing your craft, and that we’re honouring the wonderful world of musicals.
I’ve known Sheridan since we were both on The Michael Barrymore Show more than 20 years ago.
Andrea Bocelli won two Classic Brits at the first ever awards in 2000 and he’s nominated again this year.
You’re a big fan, aren’t you?
There is something very special about him.
I saw him perform quite recently with a host of pop names and he was the one who got the standing ovation, because when he sings, he brings a quiet confidence and pure genius.
I love to see him perform and I take my daughters, too.
Do your daughters [Ava, 10, and seven-year-old Hero, with ex-husband Graham Quinn] come to The Classic BRITs?
I’ve taken them to every one since I started, although when they were younger they came to the rehearsals instead of the main event.
They help me put my big dress on.
A lot of diamonds are brought in for the night, though, and I can’t leave them laying around or my daughters will be playing with them.
Myleene Klass’s daughter’s have inherited her love for music.
Do they enjoy it?
They love the whole thing: who’s on the list, who’s performing, what the songs are.
What’s nice for me is seeing the event through my children’s eyes, for them to see Mum onstage in big frocks.
They count the awards for me, too, and get sticky fingers all over them, so we need to wipe them off before we give them out.
It must be a bit of a struggle at your house over what music should go on, pop or classical?
We always ask, ‘Who’s going to be the DJ?’ and we all choose one song each.
We’ll listen to everyone from Dolly Parton to Little Mix to Ella Fitzgerald to Pavarotti.
It’s important to have that breadth of knowledge.
Myleene Klass first rose to fame in Hear’Say.
Your daughters seem to be as musical as you. What instruments do they play?
Piano, which is great, because it’s an interest we share, and cello, because they love how grand the sound is.
Hero is also about to learn trumpet – she’s just waiting for all her teeth to grow.
The only thing I say is, ‘Choose it and stick with it.’
It’s up to them if they want to take up music more seriously, though.
I don’t live through my kids vicariously – I’m already living my dream.
Myleene Klass with her former bandmate Kym Marsh.
What do you say to people who claim they don’t “get” classical music?
The first piece everyone hears is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – that was written by Mozart.
Classical music is in our bones and our DNA.
We watch The X Factor and the theme music is [Carl Orff’s] Carmina Burana and The Apprentice is Prokofiev.
Saying you don’t like classical music is like saying you don’t like air.
It’s all around us.
In April you held a massive 40th birthday party at swanky Soho Farmhouse with all your mates. It looked like fabulous fun…
That party blew the doors off.
I have a lot of people to thank for these 40 years.
The good times and the bad times, I got through all of it thanks to those people, and I wanted it to be as much about them as me.
So I did a Soho Farmhouse takeover and stayed there all weekend.
It was fantastic.
Myleene Klass is currently a DJ on Classic FM
How is 40 looking to you?
I’ve got a better idea of who I am.
I know myself.
It’s looking pretty good.