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A selection of the best classical musicians and industry professionals gathered at London's Dorchester Hotel for the Gramophone Awards 2012 - and we were there to bring you a slice of the action! Have a look behind the scenes at this prestigious awards ceremony.
Iestyn caught up with Classic FM's Lucy Coward. He was looking sharp after flying in from New York this morning. Photo: Matt Crossick
The Dorchester Hotel, ready to receive the world's classical music stars, journalists, and industry professionals. Photo: Matt Crossick
Countertenor Iestyn Davies stopped for a photo ahead of the awards ceremony as the guests started to arrive. Photo: Matt Crossick
Eric Whitacre calmly rehearsed his speeches before the ceremony. He's co-hosting the awards with Danielle de Nieses. Photo: Matt Crossick
Adorned with the finest crockery, the team set up the tables before the ceremony. This is where the awards will be given out later today. Photo: Matt Crossick
The Dorchester Hotel is decorated with Gramophone Awards banners and logos. The purple colour scheme looks great in the hall! Photo: Matt Crossick
Lucy Coward chats to Iestyn Davies, ahead of the awards ceremony. Photo: Matt Crossick
Eric's just come off a plane from New York, but he's raring to go for this morning's ceremony. Danielle de Niese is on her way! Photo: Matt Crossick
The ballroom entrance, where the stars are soon to arrive. Photo: Matt Crossick
The guests begin to assemble at London's Dorchester Hotel. The atmosphere is electric! Photo: Matt Crossick
If you look closely, you might spot a few famous names from all over the world, assembled here to celebrate the achievements of the classical music world. Photo: Matt Crossick
Anyone for champagne? Well, it wouldn't be a celebration without a few (hundred) glasses of fizz! Photo: Matt Crossick
Eric Whitacre posed with the awards before presenting them to Benjamin Grosvenor, Stephen Layton, Iestyn Davies, and many others.
The most expensive dominoes you've ever seen? No, it's this year's Gramophone Awards!
Polished silverware, fancy crockery, and this year's Gramophone Awards running order. A glamourous day indeed!
The gorgeous Danielle de Niese, co-host for the afternoon's events. A security guard kept an eye on her jewellery from inside the ceremony.
Two of the stars of the show, Eric and Danielle, caught up during the break for lunch. Eric presented the morning, and Danielle was on stage in the afternoon.
Leif Ove Andsnes explains what makes his album of Schumann piano trios so special, with Classic FM's Lucy Coward. He won the Chamber category with Christian Tetzlaff and Tanja Tetzlaff.
The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Petra Mullejans and Gottfried von der Goltz won the Baroque Instrumental award with an album of Bach Orchestral Suites.
Stephen Layton with his Gramophone Award. He won the Choral category with his album of Howells, performed by the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge.
Owsley Brown III displays his DVD Documentary Gramophone Award. The film 'Music Makes a City', tells the story of the Louisville Orchestra in Kentucky.
Stephen Layton shares his love of choral music with Lucy Coward. He said he was pleased the UK was demonstrating its love of singing, as choral music enjoys a surge of popularity.