Hopkins aids in Classic Brit Award
Sir Anthony Hopkins found himself with a share of a Classic Brit Award after one of his compositions featured on the album of the year.
The Oscar-winning Silence Of The Lambs star attended the ceremony with his friend, violinist Andre Rieu, who recorded one of the actor's works as the title track of his album And The Waltz Goes On.
Another Academy Award-winner, composer John Williams, was also among the victors, collecting the best composer title to go with a lifetime achievement honour.
Gareth Malone and his choir of Military Wives were awarded the inaugural single of the year prize for their Christmas chart-topper Wherever You Are.
The group helped to round off the evening by performing another hit, the jubilee anthem Sing. 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.
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 specially wrote the track for his winning recording, one of many pieces he has composed over the years.
The Welsh screen stars said of the 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."
Guests at the event - officially called the Classic Brit Awards 2012 with MasterCard - were to include the Duchess of Cornwall but she had to pull out due to a middle ear infection and sinusitis.
The 20-year-old pianist Benjamin Grosvenor became the youngest ever male winner at the event, taking the critics' choice prize.
The event - to be broadcast on ITV1 on Sunday at 10.15pm - was hosted by Myleene Klass.