Blake Journeys to Taipei

 

Bye bye everyone! Off to Taiwan we go, the National Concert Hall awaits!

Off we go! A huge honour for us Brits to be headed to Taiwan to give a concert in their most iconic venue!

11 hours of flying to HK, 3 more to Taipei & straight into rehearsals! No time to conquer jetlag, we just #redbull & go I expect to have no idea what planet I’m on by around early evening, but that’s the way it is with international touring. Currently 8:15am here, but my body clock is 8 hours behind at midnight; hence why I’m cradling a Starbucks & listening to electro very loud, must stay awake

First order of business upon arrival in Taipei? Local beef noodles, with all their offally goodness & flavour! Our wonderful agent Catherine knows all the best places, we’re lucky boys! Yummy!

Our first visit to the big night food market at Ningxia, so many choices! We had fish balls, pork dumplings & soup, stir fried chicken, noodles, shaved ice desserts & lots else! It’s a hot, fragrant & busy place, with barely a westerner in sight, we felt honoured to be there! We’re so full

Drive around central Taipei & you’ll see an alarming number of these 🙂 The promoters have done a fabulous job of selling out the 2500 seat venue we are playing here. Can’t wait to perform now!

We can be a fly on the wall at their #press #conference today June 22, 2017 !!! https://www.facebook.com/xinclassical/videos/1557955904245653/

 

Riding the fastest lift in the world, at over 1000 meters a minute! Ears go pop a few times but it’s pretty incredible 🙂

Sherrill Klaus I would love the ride up and the the view… but not the ride down 

#taipei101 #fastestlift #taipei101tower #lift

thebandblake Singing for an audience of 1000 school students tonight; cultural exchange! Great to be able to share what we do with the younger generation too, after all, they’ll be replacing us in the future 🙂 Hope to inspire a few Taiwanese students to take up classical singing and harmony vocals.

Sherrill Klaus  ❤️ You are a beautiful inspiration to all ❤️

A few concert shots of tonights show in Taipei with our young orchestra & choir. They were amazing, as were the audience, great to see over 1000 people waving their phone lights in time to Edelweiss 🙂 A great memory to cherish!

Stephen performing Over The Rainbow with 20 young Taiwanese singers, all with lovely voices and big smiles. Certainly a memory I’ll cherish in my ten years of singing with @thebandblake & traveling the world.

Blake #19:50 Spectacular!!! #Edelweiss ❤️🎶

Such beautiful scenery and exotic foods ☺️

Lovely tea location and a beautiful gift

Tonight is their #BIG show!!! ❤️🎶😊

Stephen Bowman at 國家音樂廳 ·
The auditorium of the National Concert Hall in Taiwan, our venue for tonight, soon to be full to the brim with 2500 new friends & fans from Taipei! This is extremely exciting for us boys, a career highlight for sure!

  • stephenbowmanblake Standing in front of the National Concert Hall of Taiwan, ready for our show! So so excited! 🙂
  • blakepassion So excited for you 😊🎶❤️

thebandblake Have you ever seen a national concert hall quite like Taiwan’s? It is MASSIVE. The closer you look, the more detail you see. Can’t believe we have sold this venue out in a country we’ve never been to before; maybe we should come here more often 😉

Backstage monitor shot of our show in Taipei tonight, going very well so far, great audience!

  • stephenbowmanblakeHundreds of people lined up for photos with us after the show, so we met every single one of them, greeting them with our best ‘Ni hao’ and thanking them with a ‘Xie Xie’ 🙂 Never seen a reaction like this before, except perhaps in the Philippines where the audience were equally warm and kind to us. It’s so touching to be 10,000 kilometres away from home, but still get that warmth like the UK. We are very lucky chaps! 🙂

blakepassion The world is your Home Away from Home❤️😊

Sherrill Klaus Sherrill Klaus 👏🏻❤️Take a bow👏🏻 ❤️
Time To Go Home
Stephen: Can’t leave Taiwan without a decent massage & reflexology! Two ladies pummelled the hell out me and I feel ready to pass out on the plane home. What a fantastic trip, I can’t wait to come back!

 

 

 

 

 

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