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Harry Potter hit the big screen in 2001. The film's score, composed and conducted by John Williams went on to become one of the most popular soundtracks of the decade and recently topped Classic FM's poll to find the nation's favourite Children's Classics.
In November 2001, Classic FM entered into a ground-breaking partnership with Classic FM the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to become our ‘Orchestra in North West England'.
In 2002, Sir Simon Rattle becomes the first British conductor to become the music director of the Berlin Philharmonic. In 2008 he extended his contract to run until 2018.
The mezzo-soprano from Neath became a cross-over sensation in the Noughties. Six of her seven studio albums reached No.1 in the classical charts between 2004 and 2008, selling over 4 million copies, and many of them still feature in the chart at the close of the decade.
Joby Talbot became Classic FM's first Composer in Residence in 2004. Commissioned to create a brand new piece of classical music each month for the year of his residency. The compositions were premiered and playlisted on Classic FM, with the twelve compositions forming part of a larger piece, released on a CD entitled Once Around the Sun in May 2005.
In January 2006 the world celebrated the 250th birthday of one of the world's greatest composers - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Events were held all over the world, and here in the UK Classic FM joined forces with the UK's largest festival dedicated to his music - Mostly Mozart at London's Barbican.
Model, mother, musician Myleene Klass on the red carpet joined Classic FM as a full time presenter in February 2006 after a series of successful one-off shows on Classic FM. She currently hosts the Weekend Breakfast Show.
Blackpool-born tenor, Alfie Boe became the first artist to sign to Classic FM's offshoot record label 'Classic FM Presents' in early 2006. His eponymous debut was released to critical acclaim in November 2006.
A choir of amateur singers from the Blackbird Leys estate in Oxford, as featured in the four-part documentary series for Five, go on to perform on stage at Classic FM Live at the Royal Albert Hall on 20 April 2006.
Patrick Hawes was name Classic FM's Composer in Residence in 2006 after his debut album 'Blue in blue' became the highest new entry by a new composer in the Hall of Fame.
"August 3rd 2006 is a date I shall never forget; it was the day I was lucky enough to meet and interview Sir Paul McCartney who was about to release a classical album, Ecce Cor Meum. It was an exclusive for Classic FM and I don’t think I’ve ever been more nervous and yet excited about an interview before or indeed since. Ecce Cor Meum went on to win Album of the Year (thanks to your votes) in the 2007 Classical Brit Awards."
The charismatic Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko took up the baton as Principal Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2006. The youngest person in the history of the orchestra to have held the position signed an historic contract in 2009 to stay in Liverpool until 2015 as the orchestra's Chief Conductor.
It was the decade that saw the rise of the TV Talent show. One such show, Britain's Got Talent, launched in June 2007 saw former phone salesman and tenor Paul Pott's scoop the £100,000 cash prize and win the chance to perform Nessum Dorma before the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance. His debut album ‘One Chance’ topped the charts in 13 countries and notched up 27 platinum records.
The world paid tribute to the great Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti, who died at his home in Modena, Italy from pancreatic cancer, aged 71, in September 2007.
In 2008 the Philharmonia Orchestra performed a series of concerts commemorating the 50th anniversary of Vaughan Williams' death. The composer has also topped the Classic FM Hall of Fame for the last three years of the decade with his Lark Ascending.
Prince Charles meets school children who sang in a concert at the Royal Opera House for his 60th birthday in November 2008. The concert, which featured The Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes, was set up by The Prince’s Foundation for Children and The Arts.
The sudden death of the conductor Richard Hickox from a heart attack at the age of 60 in November 2008 was a great loss to the the musical world.
Three Roman Catholic Priests from Northern Ireland broke all previous records to become the 'Fastest-selling UK debut for a classical act' with their debut album in December 2008. They went on to make their Classic FM Live debut in September 2009.
Faryl Smith - the thirteen year old mezzo-soprano, who rose to fame during her time on ITV's Britain's Got Talent, signed a record deal with Universal Classics and Jazz worth £2.3 million in 2008.
One of the hottest stars of the decade, Lang Lang plays the piano during the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.
Classic FM's Composer in Residence for 2009 occupied the No. 1 slot of the UK Specialist Classical CD Chart for 23 weeks with 'Enchanted Voices' - his first CD release for Classic FM.
The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra provided the defining classical-music moment of the decade when they gate-crashed Europe’s sedate concert halls with their gloriously exuberant performances and riotous samba routines.
Autumn 2009 saw the enigmatic conductor step up to the LA Philharmonic podium, but it was his thrilling concerts with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra that charmed audiences.
The former bassist of Britpop band Blur, Alex James joined Classic FM in 2008 to present The A to Z of Classic FM Music, a landmark 100-part series, for which he collected a prestigious Sony Radio Award in 2009.
Alison Balsom arrives for the 10th Annual Classical Brit Awards 2009 at Royal Albert Hall. Throughout the decade, the event has brought classical music to new audiences, honoured the great classical performers and has introduced many up and coming artists to a wider stage.
"Interviewing German tenor Jonas Kaufmann and then seeing him and Simon Keenleyside in Don Carlo at the Royal Opera House. Unusually for an opera the story isn't completely mad and the music is Verdi's best. The pianist Marielle Labeque was sitting next to me as her husband Semyon Bychkov was the show's conductor. She was talking me through the production and issuing warnings: 'you'll be weeping after this next act.' Unmissable."