Fiona Campbell’s Handel and Guy Noble’s delightful comic song, complete with a surprise tap-dance solo.

“Cut those limes and light the lights; it’s classical music’s night of nights,” sings Guy Noble. And so it was: the 2011 LimelightAwards.

Voted by Limelightreaders and held at the Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House, the annual awards celebrate the finest performances in classical music, world music and jazz, with Vladimir Ashkenazy, Teddy Tahu Rhodes and the Australian Chamber Orchestra among the winners in 2011.

This year, our compère Guy Noble opened proceedings with his own comic song, composed specially for the event. The piano pastiche romps through Mozart, Gershwin, Richard Strauss and Beethoven, but the climax is the surprise tap-dance solo from Limelighteditor Francis Merson – not to be missed!

Limelightalso made mezzo-soprano Fiona Campbell sing for her supper when she claimed the gong for Best Solo Performance ( Haunting Handelwith the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra). In keeping with the mood and theme of the concert that earned her the Limelightaward, she serenaded the crowd with an tear-jerking  Lascia ch’io piangafrom Handel’s Rinaldo,accompanied by Noble on piano.