The media and entertainment group Global, which owns Classic FM, has announced the return of its annual awards.

The public and a panel of industry experts will vote for their favourite artists. The winners will be announced during a ceremony at the Hammersmith Apollo on 7 March, at which Lang Lang is set to perform.

Nominees for the Best Classical Artist award include Alison Balsom, Jess Gillam, Nicola Benedetti, Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Sir Simon Rattle.

To see all the nominees and to vote visit

Tickets for the awards go on sale in January from