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Classic Brits Honours Acting Star Hopkins
Oscar-winner Sir Anthony Hopkins added a share of a Classic Brit Award to his list of accolades after a composition by the actor featured on the album of the year.
The Silence Of The Lambs star attended the ceremony with violinist Andre Rieu, who recorded the work as the title track of his album And The Waltz Goes On.
The actor was a surprise addition to the red carpet after composing a waltz especially for Rieu.
Sir Anthony told Sky News he has been a lifelong lover of classical music.
He said: "I've been writing and tinkering for years. In 1964 I had the choice between acting and music and it was Richard Burton who told me to act."
Rieu - known as the king of the waltz - collected the top album prize for the second year running, after triumphing in a public vote.
Sir Anthony said of his track's inclusion on the album: "It's a dream come true for me. I'd always admired Andre. He's a superb musician, a terrific showman and a wonderful violinist."
Gareth Malone and The Military Wives picked up the first ever Classic Brits single of the year award for their Christmas chart-topper Wherever You Are.
The choir also performed the song Sing which was written for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
They were accompanied at the Royal Albert Hall by the song's composers, Take That star Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber who both played grand pianos.
Malone said the award topped off a wonderful year for them all.
"'It's been an incredible year, I'm speechless. Music is a very powerful tool and it brings people together," he said.
The 20-year-old pianist Benjamin Grosvenor became the youngest ever male winner at the event, taking the critics' choice prize.
Russian conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko, took the best male artist prize for his work on five albums.
Violinist Nicola Benedetti was handed the award for top female artist for her album Italia.
Another Academy Award-winner, composer John Williams, was also among the victors, collecting the best composer title to go with a lifetime achievement honour.
The US composer received his lifetime award for orchestral scores for dozens of well-known movies, including Jaws, Superman, the Harry Potter series and Star Wars.
His best composer prize recognised his work on War Horse and The Adventures Of Tintin during the past year.
Montenegrin classical guitarist Milos Karadaglic - who trained at London's Royal Academy of Music - took the award for breakthrough artist of the year, while Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli collected the prize for international artist.
The event - officially called the Classic Brit Awards 2012 with MasterCard - was hosted by Myleene Klass.