Chinese Lanterns are Lighting Blake’s Music

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Our outdoor concert in Shanghai last night! Such an exciting show for us, huge skyscrapers all around, thousands of energetic Chinese music lovers & not a rain drop in sight! It’s uplifting to come to the other side of the world, as British artists, and be trusted with headlining these huge festival stages. Always flying the flag for Great Britain 🇬🇧- our next big show here is on December 5th, at the iconic Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre (where Il Divo played last week no less). In a few days we return to the UK for a far more intimate show in Henley. The variation in concert types, locations and venues, always keep this job entertaining for us boys! Thank you China, for treating us so kindly on this trip! #china #shanghai #blake#concert #gig #show #festival #stage#harmony #british #group #band

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Working & playing hard in Shanghai! My favourite big city of Asia, so cosmopolitan, cultured & insanely massive! The audiences here are so respectful & energetic, the food fascinating & the attitude so very ‘can do’. I feel so intensely proud to be in a position with @thebandblaketo headline huge festival stages out here in China, where our music seems to reach across many generations. It’s taken us 7 long years to build a name in China, but it’s been so worth it. I guess we’re happy to be an English export in Asia 🙂 Back to London in a few days, with more concerts for the UK, jet lag a constant fear for the voice, but it gets easier over the years I think. See you all very soon! #blake#shanghai #concert #festival #redcarpet#launch #charity #stage #arena

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Our outdoor concert in Shanghai last night! Such an exciting show for us, huge skyscrapers all around, thousands of energetic Chinese music lovers & not a rain drop in sight! It’s uplifting to come to the other side of the world, as British artists, and be trusted with headlining these huge festival stages. Always flying the flag for Great Britain 🇬🇧– our next big show here is on December 5th, at the iconic Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre (where Il Divo played last week no less). In a few days we return to the UK for a far more intimate show in Henley. The variation in concert types, locations and venues, always keep this job entertaining for us boys! Thank you China, for treating us so kindly on this trip! #china #shanghai #blake #concert #gig #show #festival #stage#harmony #british #group #band @ Shanghai, China

Shanghai Concert October 21,2018

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Catching up with friends 😊

thebandblake Bringing our British singing to Shanghai this week! So proud to be here as the first headline international act of the China-Shanghai International Arts Festival! We’ve been treated like kings, fed the most incredible food and felt such warmth from all we have met; our best trip to China yet. On December 5th we return to give a huge public arena show in Shanghai, so it’s all going really well. It’s lovely to be appreciated for the hard work we put in when promoting British music in Asia 🙂 See you all very soon for more concerts back in the UK! #blake #china #shanghai #festival #concerts #show #tour

stephenbowmanblakeArrived Shanghai, met by a gullwing Tesla! 70th floor of the Marriott hotel means epic views of this sprawling metropolis from my bedroom! Off for dinner at a typical Shanghai restaurant, can’t wait! Love my trips to this city! #blake #china #shanghai #city #tour #visit #singing #show #concert #asia @marriotthotels @teslamotors @shanghaimarriottcitycentre @marriottintl

Ollie tweeted 
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“Spotted in downtown Shanghai. Impressive new Royal Air Force vehicle procurement…

On tour with BLAKE introducing China to RAF Music Central Band #AnniversaryAlbum “
#StephenBowman #China #band #vehicle

 

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Blake Appearing Around London Underground for 3 Secret Shows

BLAKE played in #Victoria Station, #WestminsterStation & #Knightsbridge Station. I’ve been through those stations 😊Oh, to have been there today! October 10, 2018
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“1st of our shows on the London Underground today, at #Victoria station. Singing some classic British anthems to raise funds & awareness for the #ThereButNotThere charity. Come & watch, or retweet to support! ”

 

3 secret shows on the London Underground tomorrow, raising funds & awareness for the ‘There But Not There’ charity. We can’t give you exact times or locations YET (due to safety & security), but we will let you know an hour before each concert. Expect to hear Nimrod (We Will Stand Together), I Vow To Thee My Country & Jerusalem too! So proud to be doing our part to remind people of the sacrifices that Tommies made during WW1, along with helping raise funds for today’s war veterans too. We hope to see some of you at the shows, but if you can’t, do spread the word on social media too!

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We’re delighted to announce that will be joining us tomorrow while we raise money at stations around London. Check back tomorrow to find out where they’ll be and when!

Wonder where Blake will be… ???

 Picture by @inky.isles 

#therebutnotthere #tfl #tube #blake #concert #secret #show #london #ww1#tommys #tommies #veterans #chelseapensioners#londonundergroundofficial Transport for London
Walking With The Wounded #supportthewalk #charity  October 10, 2018

Here’s What Happens When Blake Get the Giggles

#Wonderopolis

Have You Ever Wondered…

  • What gives you the giggles?
  • Is laughter contagious?
  • Can you make someone laugh today?
September 25, 2018

Getting the giggles during a serious tour video intro  You would have thought these things get easier 12 years into working with each other, but honestly, it just gets harder each year! Moments like this reveal why a dozen years together have been so easy for us 

On a serious note, we’ve got LOADS of tour dates coming up, so be sure to check our website: www.BlakeOfficial.com  #blake #silliness #funny #laughing #screwup#corpsing #taketwo #tour #behindthescenes #trio #fun #happy#classicalmusic

Blake’s Majestic Performance of Nimrod on Songs of Praise

 

We Will Stand Together

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We Will Stand Together, also known as the theme from Nimrod, performed live on BBCone last weekend with the Valley Military Wives Choir. This is a lead track from our newest album, entitled ‘The Anniversary Album’, available online to stream, download and purchase on CD. Hope you like it!

September 2018 Nimrod Les Miserables

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Loving A Band with All Your Heart

Loving a band with all your heart is something you only understood when it happens to you

On the surface, others can see it as a petty obsession, but they’ll just never know the feeling of putting so much faith into a few people on the other side of the world.

It’s hard to explain it to them, the listening to song after song on repeat, the waits for new albums, the excitement and surreal sensation when you finally see them live.

They don’t understand why the lyric booklets give you a sense of comfort, or why you paste photos of them all over your bedroom walls.

& they can’t understand why one band could matter to you so much.

Frome Times interview with Blake’s Ollie Baines

“Performing here feels like a homecoming!” Frome Times interview with Blake’s Ollie Baines

Brit-Award-winning vocal trio Blake return to Frome later this month as part of their special UK tour, celebrating 10 years together.

As the trio prepare to take to the stage at the Memorial Theatre, Frome Times caught up with band member Ollie Baines to find out what the audience can expect from the show; what his highlights are from the past 10 years; and just what exactly he thinks of Frome.

How is your 10th anniversary tour going?

“Well, we haven’t stopped touring since 2008! It’s been pretty constant. We’ve done 30 or so concerts already this year, although we’ve had a fairly relaxed summer – Humphrey has welcomed the arrival of his second baby, so that’s kept him pretty busy!

What are you looking forward to when you come to Frome?

“Frome is a lovely part of the world, all of the West Country is. I grew up in the area, near Malmesbury, not a million miles from Frome, so performing here almost feels like a homecoming. It’s also nice to get out of London. We tend to bumble down, stay local and try to have a nice lunch somewhere. Touring, driving around everywhere, is part of our lives, so if we don’t stop and soak up the local atmosphere, we miss out. Frome is nice and civilised, so we’ll be sure to make the most of the trip.”

What can the audience expect at your upcoming show?

“For those that have been before, they will know what to expect. But for those that haven’t, we are a classical trio that perform a large variety of music – harmonic versions of pop and musical numbers, through to famous arias and film themes.

“For our 10th anniversary album we collaborated with the central band of the Royal Air Force, who are celebrating 100 years of the RAF – they are a fantastic band! We recorded the album last summer, and it came out earlier this year and reached number one in the classical charts. We’ll be performing around eight or nine tracks from the album, which is almost half the show – lots of stoic English songs, wonderful musical numbers – lots for everybody to enjoy.

“People come back consistently to see us, they like hearing strong voices sing good songs. There’s also a lot of chat between us on stage, some great banter, all unscripted and irreverent – it helps to keep us young and the show fresh.”

What have been your highlights over the past 10 years?

“We have done a few gigs at the Albert Hall and headlined the Henley Festival with Shirley Bassey – it was an incredible space and setting. Abroad we have toured places like the Philippines and China – that’s been a real highlight of our career, seeing the world, having a job that takes us to so many places. We have also seen so much of the UK, I don’t know anyone who has seen as much of the country as we have. Favourite place in the UK? For me I love the south-west – it’s my home.”

What’s the strangest thing you take with you on tour?

“That’s a great question, and I wish I had an answer, but I don’t really – it’s our job touring around, spending time in cars on motorways. I suppose the most important thing I take with me is my sense of humour. Also we like to listen to a lot of current affairs when travelling and comedy. We just sit back and enjoy ourselves, soaking up the miles – anything to avoid getting tired of motorways!”

Blake – The anniversary Tour, comes to the Memorial Theatre on Saturday 29th September. Book your tickets via the box office, 01373 462795 or online: http://www.fmt.website

 

An Afternoon with Blake at Wight Proms 2018

What an afternoon it was!!! I am #SoHappy I was there 😊

Isle of Wight Promenade Orchestra and Martin Riley  🎹

'Double spread of #WightProms in @[201443080407324:274:IW Observer] this weekend! Can you spot yourself in the crowd?? Photos here featuring @[107790005908818:274:Kerry Ellis] @[7903615465:274:BLAKE] @[2159979047624670:274:Tori Ellen Ross] @[277945508883760:274:Theatretrain Isle of Wight] & our workshop kids! @[50512173849:274:Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries] @[287193058106658:274:Independent Arts] @[461043517274274:274:Style of Wight Magazine] @[290713220369:274:Isle of Wight Radio] @[376926278993590:274:Beacon Magazine] @[499343710140336:274:Northwood house cowes] @[152082444834697:274:WightFibre]'

Double spread of #WightProms in IW Observer this weekend! Can you spot yourself in the crowd?? Photos here featuring Kerry Ellis BLAKE Tori Ellen RossTheatretrain Isle of Wight & our workshop kids!

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Independent Arts
Style of Wight Magazine
Isle of Wight Radio
Beacon Magazine
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The Wight Proms 2018 – Blake – Chasing Cars

The Wight Proms 2018 – Blake – Somewhere from West Side Story

The Wight Proms 2018 – Blake & Mary-Jess Leaverland – Time to Say Goodbye

The Wight Proms 2018 – Blake & Mary-Jess Leaverland – Jerusalem

The Wight Proms 2018 – Mary-Jess Leaverland – Downton Abbey Theme Tune Live

 

 

 

 

Blake celebrate the life & death of William Blake

Stephen Bowman “Such an incredible honour to sing at the newly unveiled gravestone for William Blake this afternoon, so very moving. If you’d like to see the moment we sang (though please do watch through the fabulous speakers & choir before us!) we are in the last 5 minutes of this stream.”  The Blake Society https://www.facebook.com/The-Blake-Society-208774852588428/?hc_ref=ARR167d8hzmNt7OlV8okql5TNIG33pIFEDhI3fvW2dZ5wc3Y-4zP8T6YalT2oZq6ZTc

Blake “Singing Jerusalem at the graveside of William Blake – surrounded by hundreds of fellow appreciators of perhaps England’s finest poet & painter combined. We felt genuinely overcome by emotion as we sang his words at this special occasion; finally a resting place deserving of such a magnificent man.”

Amazingly wonderful day for BLAKE 🎶
They sang ‘Jerusalem’ at unveiling of William Blake’s grave site.
Lovely service with their a capella performance closing ceremony.
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Writers’ Birthplaces in London https://englandexplore.com/…/10-writers-birthplaces-in-l…/2/
#WilliamBlake
#Blake was born on November 28, 1757, at 28 Broad Street, Soho, London. He was poet, painter, and printmaker during the romantic era. He is known for having many philosophical and mystical undertones in his works. He was born in London where he spent the majority of his life, only moving away for 3 years. William Blake never received the recognition he deserved while he was living.

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“On Sunday Blake will sing at the grave stone of William Blake, the writer & painter that we took our name from 12 years ago. William Blake was buried in a paupers grave, up until now in an unknown location, but due to the hard work of the Blake society, the location of his actual grave has been discovered and a new grave stone created in his honour. We three boys so often discuss Blake & his many artistic works & we also sing Jerusalem (featuring his beautiful words) at all our concerts. As such, for the first time in our career, we will sing Jerusalem acapela, by his graveside, 191 years after his death. For those that would like to be part of this special moment, the service will start at 3pm at Bunhill Fields, 38 City Road, London. All are welcome to attend. We hope to see many of you there to celebrate the life & death of William Blake” #blake #grave #headstone #wake#funeral #service #blakesociety #williamblake #singing #Jerusalem #honor #tribute