Awards to be announced: 1 May 2012, Dorchester Hotel London

Classical Music
• Llŷr Williams: Beethoven’s Piano Sonata Cycle at Edinburgh Festival
• Harrison Birtwistle with Boston Symphony Orchestra: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra at Boston Symphony Hall
• Sir Colin Davis and the LSO: Nielsen’s Symphony Cycle at the Barbican

Comedy
• Fresh Meat, Channel 4
• Twenty Twelve, BBC4
• Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, BBC2

Dance
• Zoo Nation, Some Like it Hip Hop, Sadlers Wells
• Akram Khan, Desh, The Curve
• Arthur Pita, The Metamorphosis, Linbury Studio

Film
• Attack The Block
• Senna
• We Need To Talk About Kevin

Literature
• Pure, Andrew Miller
• Charles Dickens: A Life, Claire Tomalin

Opera
• The Damnation of Faust, ENO
• Mignon, Buxton Festival
• Heart of Darkness, Linbury, Royal Opera

Pop Music
• Adele, 21
• PJ Harvey, Let England Shake
• Kate Bush, 50 Words For Snow

Theatre
• Matilda, RSC,
• One Man Two Guvnors, National Theatre
• Constellations, Royal Court

TV Drama
• Sherlock, BBC 1
• This is England ’88, Channel 4
• Top Boy, Channel 4

Visual Art
• Grayson Perry: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman, British Museum
• David Chipperfield: The Hepworth Wakefield
• David Hockney: A Bigger Picture , Royal Academy