This August 11th and 12th, to celebrate 10 years of singing together, BLAKE are hosting two surprise concerts in central London. These shows will be entirely unplugged, with no backing except a virtuoso pianist! Those used to BLAKE with an orchestra will love this unique reinterpretation of their music.The location for these shows will be the beautiful Pheasantry in Chelsea, allowing guests not only to enjoy the rich harmonies of BLAKE, but also enjoy personal waiter service and delicious food at the same time, all set within an atmospheric cabaret club environment on London’s iconic Kings Road. The show will feature harmony and piano versions of many BLAKE classics, including Hallelujah, Fields of Gold, Desperado, Nella Fantasia, Cavatina, Bring Him Home and many more.
BLAKE have an impressive list of achievements including several No. 1s, multi-platinum selling albums and over 150 TV appearances, as well as having won a Classical Brit Award for Album of the Year. The trio tour constantly and take part in a vast amount of charity work, from performing for the Queen and Prince Harry at the Festival of Remembrance and the launch of the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Challenge. Last Christmas saw Blake team up with the incredible Dame Shirley Bassey for a spectacular version of ‘The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)’. With appearances on The Graham Norton Show and Strictly Come Dancing, The One Show, The David Walliams Show BLAKE have gone from strength to strength.
Renowned for performing classical and pop songs in stunning harmony vocal arrangements, BLAKE comprises three young men who enthral fans the world over with their amazing singing, hit albums and charismatic stage presence. With over a million albums sold, No. 1 hits in ten countries and nearly 150 TV appearances around the globe, BLAKE continue to build their reputation as one of today’s most eclectic and exciting classical ‘crossover’ groups.
Their friendship and musical careers date back to their school days, but just six months after reuniting as adults via social networking site Facebook, BLAKE were
ready to launch their debut album in 2007. It was a phenomenal success going straight to No. 1 in the UK Classical Album Chart and taking the pop charts by storm. With over 100,000 copies of the album selling in just three weeks, the group earned their first Gold Disc. Recognised by the music industry for their talent, the album received the prestigious Classical Brit Award for Album of the Year in 2008 – a huge honour for a group that was still less than a year old.
Are you a fan of @ClassicFM like us? Then be sure to listen during the 1st week of April for our new album & tour adverts, featuring 3 anthemic classical tracks from the new CD! So proud to be able to showcase our 10th anniversary record on #ClassicFM 🙂
BLAKE This is our big surprise for this weekend! A special mini-documentary about Blake’s brand new album, featuring 5 music video clips. The new CD is available on Amazon to order right now: http://amzn.eu/0sc9JAe
Stephen BowmanDear friends, if you can, please do share this video with your Facebook following. This album means a huge amount to the Blake boys & I, it’s as special as the first one we released back in 2007. Help us get it out there! X
Share with your friends so they too can enjoy BLAKE‘s beautiful harmonies 🎶
Blake’s Anniversary Tour
BLAKE are Stephen, Humphrey and Ollie. “Former choristers who found each other on online networking site Facebook and swiftly bagged themselves a record deal. They’ve got the well-bred good looks and classically trained voices to deliver the perfect pop-classical package, but the formula is totally anodyne.” Amazon review from their stunning self titled debut album.
Ten years later they are celebrating #TheAnniversaryAlbum
A classical album featuring 13 songs: “The music is a selection of 13 beautiful songs, from the worlds of Opera, Classical, Musicals and Ballads, all with crossover harmony vocals in some very unique arrangements.”
“The Anniversary Album Featuring the Central Band of the RAF, the Royal Air Force Salon Orchestra & members of the Military Wives Choir. Most ‘boy-bands’ come and go within a year or two, having fallen out of favour, fallen out with each other or just unable to handle the pressure-cooker of fame and constant touring. In this respect, #BLAKE, is something of an anomaly. This spectacular classical male harmony group celebrate their 10th Anniversary this year with a brand new album and massive UK tour. It’s not a comeback, because they’ve never been away… Over a million albums sold, No.1 hits in ten countries and approaching 150 TV appearances around the globe, these three young men continue to enthrall fans the world over with their amazing singing and charismatic stage presence. Indeed, their friendship and musical careers date back to their school days! The brand new CD, The Anniversary Album, is their 7th studio release and the group were determined to make it their best yet, as a celebratory gift to their legion of fans who have been with them for a decade. It is classic BLAKE and no-one will be disappointed. Not content with just a fantastic new album the group will be taking this album on the road for their biggest and most ambitious ever UK tour, personally showing their appreciation to the fans with performances of all their classic hits. The album release is also timed to coincide with this year’s centenary celebration of the Royal Air Force. The Central Band of the RAF and The Royal Air Force Salon Orchestra are featured on all the tracks, with members of the Military Wives Choir featuring on two of the tracks.To commence their tour BLAKE are honoured to be performing at The Royal Albert Hall in The Royal Air Force Centenary Gala taking place on 31st March 2018. The concert will feature a star- studded programme to celebrate and commemorate the iconic and poignant occasions in its heroic 100 years.”
Sherrill KlausLovely update Love supporting you & excited for more Pledges! Ideas: Tour of Kensington Palace, gardens and tea at the Orangery A ride on Emirates Cable Car with lunch/coffee Dinner cruise on River Thames Cooking lunch/dinner with Chefs Stephen, Humph and Ollie VIP tickets to RAF show would be simply amazingly wonderful
The most incredible cake we have ever been given, courtesy of some amazing ladies helping us celebrate 10 years as a band! Cake designed & made by The Cake Illusionist, check her out! Everything is edible/eatable 🙂
Pre-order the latest album from BLAKE on signed CD & download, alongside exclusive gifts & VIP experiences from the band…
Life’s New Memories
Letter from our Blake💌🎶😊 April 8, 2017
Be the first to own Blake’s new album AND join us for dinner, or a daytrip in our classic cars, or punting in Cambridge, or a private concert on the London eye, or singing lessons…. Visit PledgeMusic to find out how….
This month Blake turn 10 years old! Yes, we boys (now men!) have been singing since the time before iPhones, a time before Justin Beiber, a time before the financial crisis and most importantly, a time before chilling at home with Netflix.
During that 10 years, you’ve been there for us, coming to our concerts, ordering our albums, getting us to the top of the charts, here in the UK and around the world. It’s time to celebrate, returning to big classical-crossover sound & a new album!
To make this anniversary album possible, we are using PledgeMusic which allows us to fund the album recording via your pre-orders & pledges for one-off gifts. The more people who help out, the bigger & better the CD will be!
To order your copy of the album, as well as some unusual & unique gifts from us (including personal singing lessons, photo shoots, day trips in our classic cars &private dinners at the Ivy!) simply click here: PledgeMusic
These are the songs we have chosen to sing, with a few tweaks & surprises still to come! We’re recording with a full orchestra, a big band, choir & some very famous guests (take a guess at who you think they may be!). Excited yet?
So, please please do pre-orderthis weekend, because every single pre-order counts towards us being able to start recording early. The more time we have to record & prepare, the better this CD will sound when it gets released!
Memories ~ Always on my mind ~ Forever in my heart
We can give them memories ❤️🎶⭐️❤️🎶⭐️❤️🎶⭐️
WEDNESDAY 29th MARCH 2017
BLAKE Announce 10th Anniversary Album via Pre-Order on PledgeMusic
Celebrating 10 years of singing, touring and recording together, BLAKE have announced a major 10 year anniversary album, available to pre-order on PledgeMusic now. Returning to their classical-crossover roots for this special CD, fans can expect lush vocals, full orchestra, big band & choirs, plus special guests!
To make this record, we sincerely need all our amazing fans around the world behind us, pre-ordering the album, special gifts & unique VIP experiences direct from PledgeMusic (click here to visit). Every item you pledge for, directly funds making this special album. Once we hit 100% of the target on our PledgeMusic page, we’re able to begin recording & fulfilling all your special pledges.
This album will be over two thirds classical repertoire, so we will be aiming it at the UK Classical Album Chart. With all your help, we are hoping for a 3rd success at the No.1 spot! How fantastic would it be, if the album you supported, that your name was inside, that you watched being recorded, became another genuine No.1 for BLAKE? We know we can achieve that together, it’s all possible with PledgeMusic.
If you’ve watched BLAKE in concert, or have one of our 6 other albums, we guarantee you will love this new album. So, enjoy our introduction video, look through our pledge gifts & help in any way you can.
With your support, we will make this the best album of our ten years together.
Stephen, Ollie & Humphrey.
“BLAKE are back and we want to make you a special new album! It will be available exclusively on PledgeMusic, along with many unique experiences & gifts you can also pledge for. Every penny you pay for a pledge goes straight into a fund for making this record. Once we hit 100% of target, PledgeMusic will release the funds and we can make your album! The album will be released in September of 2017, so welcome, lets get started!
“Next month we celebrate TEN YEARS TOGETHER…. a huge milestone for any band. Here’s a video that recaps some special moments from the last 3 ‘trio’ years, including collaborations, TV shows & big festivals! Share this with any friends who haven’t experienced Blake yet ”
Published on Mar 6, 2017
In April 2017 Brit Award Winning vocal group BLAKE celebrated 10 years together. This video is a selection of TV, Festival and Tour clips taken over the last 3 years. Be sure to follow BLAKE on all their social media site, all @thebandblake or /thebandblake
If you enjoy artists like The Tenors, IL DIVO, IL VOLO, Katherine Jenkins, Hayley Westenra, Josh Groban, Russell Watson & G4 you may well enjoy the classical-crossover sound of BLAKE. Be sure to check out all their videos on YouTube via their official channel /TheBandBlake
Thank you for all your support!
‘We’ get to play a BIG part in their celebrations ❤️🥂🎶😊🎉🎼😍
One afternoon back in March 2007, a group of singers were rehearsing an acapella version of Moon River in a London music college; little did they know that just twenty four hours later they would be offered a £1Million deal by Universal Records. This is how BLAKE’s incredible journey started…
Fast forward ten years to 2017 and BLAKE have toured the world, released seven studio albums, appeared on over 180 television shows, performed for royalty, presidents, prime ministers & Hollywood stars, helped raised millions of pounds for their favourite charities and become the closest of friends through it all.
When the group started the world was still buying CD albums, lots of them, in fact their first album sold over 100,000 copies in just three weeks. When they got together in Spring 2007, the iPhone hadn’t yet been released to the world and no one even knew what music streaming was! They were the first band to form through Facebook, the first group to find members via Twitter, their most popular songs have millions of views on Youtube and their social media following is the most dedicated any band could wish for, with thousands of interactions every day.
Much has changed over the last 10 years, but what hasn’t changed is the groups simple wish to make the best harmony music they can, keeping the British classical-crossover style strong around the world. They’ve performed in dozens of countries, including the UK, Italy, France, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Ireland, Bulgaria, Latvia, Greece, Russia, the UAE, South Africa, Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan, China, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, the USA, Barbados, Bermuda and Trinidad & Tobago. They’ve made friends and fans across the globe, enjoying the rich cultures they’ve shared.
The future is even more exciting than the past, with a 10 year anniversary album & DVD proposed by their record lable, along with extensive tours that take them to lots of Asia and the UK respectively. The boys couldn’t have achieved all that have, without the incredible support of their fans around the world, so their 8th studio album, will be dedicated to them. Their upcoming album will be a celebration of their classical-crossover roots and the harmony music they are all fans of. Discussions are in place to ensure this will be a worldwide release, so be sure to keep in contact via their social media for big updates.
For now, here is a little recap video of the last 3 years for the Blake trio, with some amazing memories just in this short time. Look out for their collaboration with Dame Shirley Bassey (more to come!), performing for 280 million TV viewers in China, live tour performances in many parts of Asia, outdoor festival shows in the UK and major TV performances too. It’s certainly seems to be getting busier and busier for BLAKE, so let’s raise a glass to another ten years of music ahead.
Join us for a fantastic evening with Brit-Award-Winners Blake!
Fresh from recent appearances on the Graham Norton Show, Strictly Come Dancing & The One Show, British harmony *** Blake present a brand new tour featuring the finest songs from stage and screen, with projections & lighting that bring the cinematic magic to life.
Linked together with the boys famous improvised banter, the show features music from Hanz Zimmer, Ennio Morricone, Leonard Bernstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Leonard Cohen, The Beach Boys & many more.
This is the ultimate celebration of movies and musicals, all sung in thrilling vocal harmony.
Fantastic review for #Blake from last night’s performance 😊
BLAKE returned to South Shields with an evening of beautiful music and famous songs.
The vocal harmony group have become regulars at the Customs Houseand have built up quite a following.
Their particular brand of music tends to attract a more mature audience. At 27, I’m pretty sure I was the youngest person there, but those who shrug them off as something that’s not for them are missing out.
The trio showed off their stunning vocals as they worked their way through a repertoire of #songsfromstageandscreen.
Kicking the show off with #Maria from #WestSideStory, the boys gave a beautiful performance.
Their perfect #harmonies are gorgeous, and the fact that they’re rather easy on the eye doesn’t hurt either. Looking dapper in suave suits, the guys put their stamp on the well-known tracks and made a big impression on the crowd.
Stunning performances came along with the likes of #MusicoftheNight,#SomewhereOverTheRainbow, and #UpWhereWeBelong.
And as the group were joined on stage by the theatre’s own choir#CustomVoices, they gave a show-stopping rendition of #Hallelujah.
Blake Live at The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne June 18, 2016
Natural 💖 Melodic 🎼Harmonic 🎶 Blake gives us all 💖 🎼 🎶 💖
and the tour continues!!!
Brit award winners Blake return to Eastbourne’s Royal Hippodrome Theatre on Saturday June 18 with a brand new show, Songs From Stage And Screen.
The trio, who are firm favourites with the Eastbourne venue and also patrons of the theatre, will be remembered for ever more as being the group who produced a Christmas single last year with Dame Shirley Bassey – this was the first time the Welsh diva had ever been involved with a festive offering in her entire career.
Blake were then proud to headline the Beijing Chinese New Year TV Gala for 2016, with a performance that was viewed by over a quarter of a billion people. The group sang three songs as the finale to the prestigious yearly variety show. Joining music stars pulled from all corners of the globe, Blake performed a number of their classical crossover hits with stunning harmonies, and also All Of Me which was written for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton; a song which became a hit record in China during that year.
The three boys are no strangers to performing in China, with no fewer than two full tours and over 15 television appearances in the country since 2012. A further tour is planned for Autumn 2016.
Fresh from recent appearances on the Graham Norton Show, Strictly Come Dancing and The One Show, Blake present a brand new tour featuring the finest songs from stage and screen, with projections and lighting that bring the cinematic magic to life. Linked together with the boys’ famous improvised banter, the show features much loved music from Hanz Zimmer, Ennio Morricone, Leonard Bernstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Leonard Cohen, The Beach Boys and many more.
This will be the only performance this year by Blake and so fans will need to get their fix at this show.
It was a pleasure to be a small part of your concert in southport last night. leading my Singing Our Socks Off choir made up of ordinary people who want to sing for pleasure from across Merseyside gave them a fabulous opportunity to challenge themselves and be part of something special. THANK YOU !
Blake on tour. Highly recommend you see them
Music stirs the soul a song takes you on a journey of emotions and feelings.combine that with harmonies and talent and the experience is heightened
Blake’s harmonies are special they intertwine the melodies of a song so beautifully that we feel the story and emotion connected to each lyric. Their voices blend perfectly and effortlessly
Blake are a pleasure to listen to and their witty banter and natural interaction with the audience made their concert feel intimate and relaxed. Loved every minute X
Best of British Summer Picnic and Concert in North Lodge Farm, Widmerpool, Nottinghamshire on 02 July 2016
A ‘Best of British’ summer picnic concert in support of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and Trent NSPCC. The on-stage performances will build to a rousing finale of popular classics, patriotic pieces and a dramatic firework display! To book call more details More information �
Henley Festival in Henley on 09 July 2016
Blake will be playing live with special guest star Dame Shirley Bassey. This is sure to be an unforgettable performance. Book early to avoid disappointment. More information �
The Blickling Proms in Blickling House on 13 August 2016
Blake are delighted to announce they are playing at the Last Night of the Blickling Promos 2016. Saturday 13th August 2106 – more details to follow. More information �
I give you #AllofMe ♥
I can see your emotions flowing…How do you sing through all those emotions?
Stephen, Humphrey and Ollie??? BLAKE
BLAKE were proud to headline the Beijing Chinese New Year TV Gala for 2016, with a performance that was viewed by over a quarter of a billion people! The group sang three songs as the finale to the prestigious yearly variety show. Joining music stars pulled from all corners of the globe, BLAKE performed a number of their classical crossover hits and also ‘All of Me’ which was written for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton; a song which became a hit record in China during that year. The three boys of BLAKE are no strangers to performing in China, with no fewer than two full tours and over 15 television appearances in the country since 2012. A further tour is planned for Autumn 2016.
BlakePassion: Your soul sings through your beautiful lyrical voices 🎶
Blake: “Seen by over 280 million viewers worldwide, here’s BLAKE on the 2016 Chinese New Year’s Gala TV show in Beijing, singing Time To Say Goodbye. Don’t forget you can hear this live in our UK tour shows too!” http://www.blakeofficial.com/live/
A little behind-the-scenes footage from the Chinese TV show I-Supermodel as we made our biggest music video ever for China. Lots of ‘lost in translation’ moments here, was a very fun project to work on though! ☺
Our biggest music video ever! As seen on Chinese TV last week by over 280 million viewers watching popular show ‘I-Supermodel’. We next appear on Chinese screens on February 8th, for the BTV Spring New Years Gala concert, backed by the Venice Chamber Orchestra and a 200 strong children’s choir! Join us for more videos!
Stephen Bowman January 7 at 12:58pm ·
Something fun for Chinese friends! We boys attempting ‘May Kway oh May Kway’ with the three finalists of I-Supermodel, whilst filming a music video for ‘To The Sun’ with them. Really lovely girls!
BLAKE, with #YengConstantino and #AngelineQuinto sing ‘You Are My Song’ at #ASAP #London #Live !!!
💙You Look My Way I Touch The Sky💙
💚I’ll be There To Love You So💚
💜You Are Mine And I’m Your True Love💜
Sherrill Klaus September 16
I’m so proud to be your friend and fan 💗
“The British group Blake took the “ASAP” stage in London to serenade all the Kapamilyas who went to Wembley Stadium to watch the show last week. The group entertained the audience by performing their own version of “Manila.” Blake is known for their classical-meets-pop style of music.”
Watch BLAKE sing ‘Manila’ in Tagalog at The SSE Arena, Wembley ASAPOFFICIAL
#Manila #Tagalog #Popopera #UK #Music #US #OPM #ASAP
Sandie Castro-Pobladors · Finale at the ASAP 20th Anniversary in London
— at The SSE Arena, Wembley.
BLAKE · Nothing beats the applause & cheers of 12,000 people at Wembley Arena; thank you to everyone who made this dream come true for we 3 Blake boys! #asap20inLondon
Blake Passion · I felt the applause over here in #US 😉 #SoHappy for you 😊
More dreams coming true for BLAKE 💗
The SSE Arena, Wembley #ASAPLondon20
Stephen Bowman ·
Incredible to have sung at Wembley Arena, alongside big stars like @thisiskcconcepcion & @martinnievera for #asap20inlondon – man oh man, Filipino’s put on a great show!! 😊
Wow, singing at Wembley Arena is an amazing experience! Looking out at tens of thousands of cheering happy people, what a massive rush! Was fun to wear Filipino barongs for our Tagalog song ‘Manila’ too, very stylish smile emoticon Have loved being part of #ASAP20inLondon today! :))
Thank YOU so much 💖Sandie for being at #WembleyArena and getting an awesome video of Blake singing Manila!!! LIVE 🎤🎶
#StephenBowman #HumphreyBerney #OllieBaines
Fantastic #video of #Blake singing #Manila
BLAKE in #barong Tagalog and jeans singing Manila on the London stage for the Philippine community at ASAP 20
Stephen Bowman · Instagram · https://instagram.com/stephenbowmanblake/
On the stage at Wembley Arena, rehearsing for tomorrow’s ASAP concert!! Hard to believe @thebandblake are finally here! It’s a sellout, over 12,000 tickets sold! We 3 musketeers continue our extraordinary journey! Hope our Tagalog is good enough 😊 #ASAP20 #asaplondon @thisiskcconcepcion @martinnievera @iloveruffag @antonsd @officialtimyap
Last stop in Asia…Singapore!!!
Before leaving Singapore I thought I’d show quite how lush, beautiful and green it is, enjoyed by foot, trekking through their very humid jungly bits, or by cable car!
BLAKE is still traveling…
March 13, 2015
A little update on our travels. So far visited the Philippines & Malaysia, taken planes, trains & ships, eaten a lot of rice and nearly fallen in two rivers; we’re still going though! Next stop, Singapore!
Just arrived to Kuching in Malaysia, very peaceful place but extremely hot & humid! Had an amazing concert last night, new part of the world and a standing ovation, can’t ask for better than that. Arriving to Singapore day after tomorrow. Great trip!!!
BLAKE March 10, 2015
We’ve just arrived in Malaysia, at the port city of Kota Kinabalu, where the streets are named after Blake singers and the jungle surrounds us!
Just arrived in Malaysia, to the port town of Kota Kinabalu – any town that names it’s streets after me is okay in my book! Never been to Malaysia before, I’m off to explore the jungle in a bit!!
Stephen Bowman performs “When I fall In Love” at The Phoenix Theatre in Blyth 2015
Stephen Bowman performs “When I fall In Love”
Stephen Bowman: Our new #BLAKE tour show features solo songs from each of the singers, this is mine. Nat King Cole’s ‘When I Fall In Love’ – such a joy to sing this classic. Wish I’d been around in that era of music, so many beautiful songs and great singers. X
Sherrill Klaus 💖 Standing Ovation for you 💖 Bravissimo❗ Encore❗ Bravo❗
The Royal Hippodrome Friends
We are looking forward to welcoming BLAKE, who recently became patrons of the Friends, back to the theatre on Saturday 18th July at 8 pm. Blake in Harmony is the title for this new live show featuring their new album and new songs.
The other exciting news is that they will be back again with Christmas With Blake on Thursday 17th December again at 8 pm.
There is a great offer too. If you buy tickets for both shows at the same time you will get 10% off the total.
We hope to see you there.
Blake Passion shared Feeedr’s post.
22 mins · June 13, 2015
“To Love Somebody’ from BLAKE at The Grand Venue
See them Live July 4th Symphony at The Tower Hoghton Tower http://www.symphonyatthetower.co.uk/book-ticke…/sat-4th-julyFeeedr
See a Snippet of what’s in Store for you at Symphony at The Tower with this short Edit of Blake’s Concert at The Grand, Clitheroe.www.symphonyatthetower.co.uk
Vocal group has devoted support
When Dame Shirley Bassey first saw male vocal group Blake perform on ITV’s this Morning eight years ago she was so smitten that she requested they perform at her birthday party that same night.
Since then Dame Shirley has watched Blake in many live concerts, including a recent preview of their latest show called ‘In Harmony’, currently touring the UK.
It’s this show that Blake will be bringing to Eastbourne’s Royal Hippodrome on Saturday July 18. They will be performing two hours of uplifting and emotional music from the pop, classical and musical worlds, songs picked from six albums spanning their eight year career, including their BRIT-Award winning debut album, and their latest offering ‘In Harmony’. Combined with chat and comedy, live instruments, stunning projected videos and dramatic lighting, Blake are assured to thrill anyone with a love of powerful songs and ratpack fun.
Blake has an impressive CV of achievements including multi-platinum selling albums, regular appearances on TV, three performances in front of the Queen and various worldwide tours to Asia, America, Russia and Europe. However, it’s the constant support of loyal fans that has contributed to their long lasting success, from performing alongside them on stage to funding them through PledgeMusic to create fifth album ‘In Harmony’. Box office 01323 802020. http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/what-s-on/entertainments/vocal-group-has-devoted-support-1-6782031
16:27Monday 08 June 2015
Blake at the Phoenix Theatre, Blyth
Voices of Hope Choir with Blake
Blake at Alnwick Playhouse
June 5, 2015
Now I have an album “for my trip to London to see Blake” photos ❤📷☺
When the voice of an angel sings…listen 🎶
BLAKE singing ‘Moon River’
Ahead of their show at The Little Theatre later this month, Stephen Bowman, from #Blake, reveals his ‘firsts’.
First Up: Stephen Bowman, from classical man-band Blake
FIRST MEMORY: Wow, let me think. I think the first thing I can genuinely remember was banging away on a piano in our very first home. It was a white piano my parents bought from an auction house and it didn’t work very well, the frame was broken. I can remember being very young, probably only about two or three, sitting down with this huge set of keys in front of me and making this huge racket, but thinking I was brilliant.
FIRST SCHOOL: St Stephen’s Primary, in Bath. I was a very fussy eater as a child so consequently I struggled with the meals they cooked at school. I became very, very good at hiding the food on my plate, often on the floor or inside crisp packets.
FIRST ALBUM: I think it was an Enigma album, called… hang on, let me look this up… right, it was MCMXC a.D. I was an Enigma fan. As I started creeping towards my teenage years I was very much a fan of world music and the new age sound that was quite popular at the time. I remember burning joss-sticks in my room and thinking I was very in touch with nature. In retrospect, I probably wasn’t.
FIRST GIG: I’m pretty sure it was Blur at a very small venue in Bath and it would have been the mid ’90s. By that point my tastes had turned fairly Brit-pop. It was always Blur and Pulp for me, never Oasis. I remember they were using a Hammond organ, which wasn’t something I’d heard live before.
Blur also had very memorable lyrics. I discovered the joy of standing along and singing with the band on stage, and I kind of know what that feels like now. As a teenager I was in bands and sang that style of music. I got into musicals in school and after that got into classical music college in London, but my enjoyment of music came really by listening to contemporary rather than classical.
FIRST TIME ON STAGE: It probably would have been when I was 15, when I played Jesus in Godspell. It’s the most difficult role I’ve ever played. You have to remember about half of the Bible and you have to be able to tell endless parables. You also sing many beautiful songs as well. It was a great baptism of fire – excuse the pun – into musicals.
FIRST JOB: I sold hot dogs at the Christmas fair in Bath, where I grew up. I lasted two weeks and by the end I never wanted to eat a hot dog again.
FIRST LOVE: I was about 16, on holiday with my parents in Italy and I fell in love with a Spanish girl who was on holiday as well. It was a wonderful holiday romance. Being 15 I was convinced I was going to marry her, of course. I didn’t, but we’re still friends.
FIRST CAR: A very beaten up BMW 3 Series from 1986. It was white, which was not a good colour. It had a lot of rust. It lasted about three months before the top of the engine blew off and I had to find another car.
FIRST HOLIDAY: I grew up in Bath and we used to travel down to Devon for summers. We used to go to a beautiful beach called Saunton Sands, one of the UK’s longest beaches, which had wonderful rockpools that I spent hours fishing crabs out of when I was young.
Going to Devon when I was about five or six was the biggest adventure ever. It was like Jurassic Park meets a trip to Mars for me.
We perform in Barnstaple once in a while now and it’s so bizarre going back somewhere you remember from about 30 years ago, trying to see it as you remember through a child’s eyes; the sand dunes you thought were so huge at the time aren’t at all.
FIRST SHOW WITH BLAKE: Technically our first performance as a group was at Wembley Stadium. It was the Charity Shield match, Chelsea versus Middlesbrough. We sang Nessun Dorma in front of about 87,000 people, I think it was. We’d done a lot of rehearsals and were aiming to do some smaller shows to launch the group but we were given this opportunity and it really was too much of an amazing opportunity to turn down.
We rehearsed like crazy, walked out to the middle of the pitch and our hands were shaking like crazy. We managed the performance, but I don’t think I’ve ever had so much adrenaline running through my body, ever. It was quite a rush.
The room for the artists afterwards is the same as the players, so we went into the changing rooms and just kind of collapsed. It was very overwhelming. We’ve performed several times since at Twickenham and Wembley and now it’s something we’re comfortable with, but that first one was a bit of a challenge.
Our first actual show I’m pretty sure was Cheltenham Town Hall and I remember coming off and punching the air.
Blake play at #TheLittleTheatre on Friday, May 29. Tickets are £17. http://www.thelittletheatre.net
#Mirabile choir join Blake 🙂
By #LeicesterMercury | Posted: May 11, 2015
#BLAKE’s #InHarmony is now available in #Australia!!!
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ABC Music is delighted to present the fifth album from Brit Award-winning classical crossover trio Blake: In Harmony.
As the title suggests, this album is all about the power of harmony – to soothe the spirit, to make the heart soar, and to create spine-tingling moments. And who better to showcase vocal harmony than this remarkable trio? Re-interpreting compositions such as Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game, Elvis Presley’s Love Me Tender and Sting’s Fields of Gold, the album proves Blake’s versatility, emotional power and technical expertise. Inspired by other harmonising legends such as The Three Tenors, The Bee Gees and The Lettermen, the trio – comprised of Ollie Baines, Stephen Bowman and Humphrey Berney – have drawn together a unique variety of songs from the juxtaposing worlds of classical and pop music for this new studio album, resulting in a musical experience like no other.
After eight years of global success, Blake have arrived at their next chapter. ‘In Harmony’ is that chapter, and they’re set to once again prove themselves as some of the best performers in modern adult contemporary music.
Our page feature in this months Journal Magazine, talking about our UK tour shows & singing worldwide
From the Beach Boys to Beatles for harmony singers, BLAKE
The British trio of harmony singers, Blake, has captivated international audiences with their fusion of popular and classical music.
“Our appeal probably comes down to the fact we tend to cover songs loved worldwide,” says Stephen Bowman from the Brit-award winning group.
“The music we sing is music already familiar to people. We sing it in a unique way and in many cases it’s songs people haven’t heard sung in harmony but the melody is known to them.
“But we really take a song apart and take it down to its bare bones. As we start to put it together again using our approach the difference can be quite distinct and sometimes people will not necessarily realise it’s a cover.”
Ollie Baines, Humphrey Berney and Stephen are on their biggest UK tour which arrives at Lincoln Theatre Royal on April 28.
The concert will celebrate Blake’s fifth studio album titled In Harmony, as well as serving up a performance back catalogue from the first four albums.
#InHarmony includes versions of classics such as Forever by the Beach Boys, Fields of Gold by Sting and Wicked Game by Chris Isaak.
“Even if we kept doing this until we were in our 80s we wouldn’t get through all the songs we want to sing.
“But as a group we have kept away from doing anything by the Beatles. There are other artists we have covered some people might consider more sacred but for us the Beatles have this certain halo around their music.”
But what is playing in the stereo when Stephen Bowman wants to switch off from the day job?
“A lot of musicians surprise in terms of what they listen to in their own time and it’s true of me as well,” says the son of a German rock guitarist and a British opera-singing mother who went to study at the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
“I tend to like ambient electronic music in my own time and artists like Jon Hopkins. I listen to a lot of house music and glitch hop; there’s a DJ and friend of mine Janette Slack who is great. There is some hardcore electronic music I like as well when I am driving, biking or at the gym.”
Read more: http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/…/story-26371…/story.html…
By Lincolnshire Echo | Posted: April 25, 2015
All For One Choir will be joining Blake smile emoticon
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No need to wait to get #InHarmony 🎶😉
You can download BLAKE ‘s newest album ‘In Harmony’ from iTunes for only £0.99 per song or £7.99 for 13 songs!!!
I love them all 😊 … but ‘Forever’ is so awesome and brilliantly sung by guys ❤
CBC Music How Music Works: why do some people get chills when they listen to their favourite music?
If you love music, you probably know the feeling. You’re listening to one of your very favourite songs, and there’s that amazing part that never fails to give you chills.
It’s a phenomenon that’s also known as “musical frisson.” But why is it happening?
That was the question that a team of researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University decided to explore by monitoring people’s brains while they listened to their favourite music—and what they found was that the music stimulated the same reward circuits as food, sex and drugs.
According to researcher Valorie Salimpoor, the human brain has evolved to reinforce adaptive behaviours such as eating and reproduction; so when people eat or have sex, the brain releases the pleasure drug dopamine to reinforce that behaviour. Some drugs also cause dopamine to be released.
But when their team used Positron Emission Tomography, or PET, to watch what happened in people’s brains when they listened to music they considered “intensely pleasurable,” they saw the same chain of events occur.
And interestingly, when the participants were anticipating the most pleasurable parts of their favourite songs, a different area of the brain got in on the action.
“Right before people experience that peak emotional response, which in our experience was measured with chills, participants show dopamine release in a different region of the reinforcement circuit and this is the caudate nucleus,” said Salimpoor on CBC’s Quirks & Quarks.
The caudate nucleus, she explained, is a region of the brain with strong connections to the prefrontal cortex, which houses complex thinking, and gives rise to the emotional pleasure we derive from music.
“It suggests that aesthetic stimuli can actually work on this system that’s there to reinforce biologically adaptive behaviours,” she says. “And the fact that an intellectual reward that’s housed in the prefrontal cortex can stimulate this part of our brain, it almost suggests that as human beings we’ve been evolved to appreciate aesthetic stimuli.”
In other words, humans may have actually evolved to appreciate music, and those chills you’re feeling are your body’s way of saying that’s a good thing.
Read more here: http://music.cbc.ca/#!/blogs/2015/4/How-Music-Works-why-do-some-people-get-chills-when-they-listen-to-their-favourite-music
April 24th Friday Medina Theatre Isle of Wight.
April 28th Tuesday Lincoln Theatre Royal
April 29th Wednesday Lichfield Garrick
more Coming soon…
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Yesterday we had a great photoshoot in Notting Hill with Hackett suits for Tatler Magazine Philippines. This one won’t make the final spread, but we loved the graffiti backdrop! Edgy Blake!
April 1, 2015
Stephen looking quite ‘the man’ ♥
Stephen Bowman ·
Spread over 2 pages in this months Attitude Magazine, yours truly, taking a little time to talk about nakedness, confidence and ‘safety in the bedroom’. Too much? Hell, I hit 35 this year, my beard is going grey, people aren’t going to want half naked photos of me much longer, so I’ll enjoy this mini ego boost whilst I still can 😉
❤Such a beautiful man❤
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BLAKE March 1,2015 Songs of Praise
So proud to have been together as a trio for our first classical crossover solo performance on BBC1 today; the reaction online has been amazing, we’re so moved by your support. ‘You Raise Me Up’ is dedicated to every one of you, thank you!
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BLAKE enjoying themselves doing what they love most♥
“A typical little moment of mucking about in rehearsals for our 2015 UK ‘In Harmony’ tour, practicing with our MD Martin – want to see the show? Tickets here: http://www.BlakeOfficial.com/LIVE ”
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After discovering Stephen Bowman & BLAKE, joining all their fan sites, getting a crash ‘Blake’ course… it was time to listen to them sing smile emoticon I had so many expectations… what was going to be my first Blake song???
Their ‘Start Over’ album was first to order!
I chose a song I already loved from Les Misérables, ‘Bring Him Home’ So beautiful and passionate heart emoticon a reminder of the power of wonderful singers!!!
I needed and wanted to hear more from them! I have treated myself to all of their albums…So Happy smile emoticon
They give and give, yet always leave me wanting more ♪♫
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I am ALL About That BLAKE
Yesterday on a 13 hour road trip…snow, ice and traffic
I sang this song over and over…
‘You Needed Me’
I cried a tear, you wiped it dry
I was confused, you cleared my mind
I sold my soul, you bought it back for me
And held me up and gave me dignity
Somehow you needed me
You gave me strength to stand alone again
To face the world out on my own again
You put me high upon a pedestal
So high that I could almost see eternity
You needed me, you needed me
And I can’t believe it’s you I can’t believe it’s true
I needed you and you were there
And I’ll never leave, why should I leave, I’d be a fool
‘Cause I finally found someone who really cares
You held my hand when it was cold
When I was lost, you took me home
You gave me hope when I was at the end
And turned my lies back into truth again
You even called me friend
You gave me strength to stand alone again
To face the world out on my own again
You put me high upon a pedestal
So high that I could almost see eternity
You needed me, you needed me
You needed me, you needed me
Stephen, Humphrey & Ollie
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Join harmony trio BLAKE live on tour in Asia, as they sing their favourite all time hit by the Eagles. BLAKE tour globally and tickets for their shows can be found here: http://www.BlakeOfficial.com/LIVE
My favorite song from Blake ♥ Chasing Cars ♥
Thank you BLAKE ♥
Chasing Cars special cover version by BLAKE
Like the song ‘Chasing Cars’ by Snow Patrol? Here is our BLAKE cover version with live band, string section, trio harmony vocals and electronic drums, recorded live on stage! For tickets to any of our shows, head here: http://www.BlakeOfficial.com/LIVE
Birds will be singing the beautiful songs of #InHarmony by BLAKE
Listen! Can you hear their beautiful voices???
Singing #InHarmony for you
Come hear 3 BLAKE songbirds…
Show them you care ♥
BLAKE Songbirds Singing In Harmony ♪♫
1. Lullaby – Billy Joel
2. To Love Somebody – The Bee Gees
3. Fields of Gold – Sting
4. Wicked Game – Chris Isaak
5. You Needed Me – Anne Murray
6. Falling Slowly – Once (Featuring Rachelle Ann Go, star of Miss Saigon)
7. You Raise Me Up (Featuring BRIT nominee – Camilla Kerslake)
8. Dream a little Dream – The Mamas & The Papas
9. Forever – Beach Boys
10. Waiting – Adrian Munsey
11. The Prayer – David Foster (Featuring rising star Rebecca Newman)
12. Say that you Love Me – Blake OPM Classic
13. Love me Tender – Elvis
14. The Right Words – Adrian Munsey
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BLAKE and a musical taste of heaven
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“We have had an amazing 8 year journey so far, amazed and delighted to still be here, so we’re hugely thankfull to all you kind people for keeping our dream alive. Our CD’s are dedicated to you!”
…and they’re hoping to release new album later this year 🙂
BLAKE to perform at the Theatre Royal Windsor
Sunday 15 February 2015
The three-piece are set to bring their refined new sound to the Theatre Royal with In Harmony – their newest and biggest tour yet.
Once again the trio are looking for talented local choirs to join them on stage. Over the past five years they have been joined by more than 250 choirs from around the UK, as well as from overseas.
Band member Humphrey Berney said: “We three guys got our musical starts in life through performing in choirs so it’s been inspirational to see so many UK groups sending us their YouTube clips for consideration over the years.”
Choirs simply need to email their latest videos to the Blake website and the chosen groups will perform on five big ensemble songs, as well as present their own solo song to the audience.
Ollie Baines added: “We’re delighted that our campaign to get local choirs on professional stages results in new solo stars being found.
“Singing within a choir is the best way to build confidence as a vocalist.
The UK should be proud of its choral heritage.”
For details about how to enter a choir visit http://blakeofficial.com/
Tickets cost £21 for the February 11 show and can be bought by calling the box office on 01962 840440 or visiting http://www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk/details.php?id=329 http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/leisure/music/11722847.Brit_award_winners_return_to_Hampshire_for_national_tour/
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Was great to be featured in 12 minute primetime TV special in Korea this week, about our headline concert tour there.
LIVE on Korean primetime TV this week, a 12 minute teaser of the full length concert that is due to air later this month.
Our many faceted diamond…♥Stephen♥
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BLAKE Announce ‘In Harmony’ 2015 Tour
(UK) Brit-Award winners Blake are back and better than ever, with a refined new sound, new songs and their biggest UK tour yet. Re-inspired by the enduring trio harmonies of The Three Tenors, The Bee Gees, The Lettermen & Boyz-II-Men, BLAKE’s latest concert show entitled ‘In Harmony’ sees them combining classic songs from their first four albums, with exclusive new songs from their critically acclaimed 5th album ‘In Harmony’
. Musicals, pop and classical songs collide in the group’s most eclectic stage spectacular yet, accompanied by great musicians and impressive video projections. Returning from tours to the United States, Russia, Eastern Europe, South Africa & Asia, we expect their famous and hilarious rat-pack banter with the audience to feature some fascinating new stories. Following on from previous years, Blake are once again searching the UK for talented local choirs to join them on stage as part of their ‘In Harmony’ tour. Over the last five years the group have been joined by more than 250 local choirs around the UK and overseas, in venues as far apart as Manchester, Moscow and Manila. – See more at: http://renownedforsound.com/index.php/news-blake-announce-in-harmony-2015-tour/
For complete tour dates and ticket information click here – http://www.blakeofficial.com/
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Meet The Classic Boys Next Door
Stephen Bowman Humphrey Berney Oliver Baines
BLAKE are handsome, posh, love the Queen and are on their way to sing in Lancashire
With their trademark harmonies and chiselled good looks, British classical boy band Blake have won fans all over the world.
If that’s not enough, one of the singers, Ollie Baines, is pals with Prince William and Kate.
“The Queen gives you a few butterflies when you know she’s out there,” said bass baritone singer Stephen Bowman, who has performed in front of the monarch at Buckingham Palace.
“We’ve played in 33 countries, have done 150 television shows and 700 concerts, but the most daunting show was when we sang at Wimbledon’s Centre Court.
“The Queen and Prince Philip were there for the opening, and it was such a prestigious, quintessentially English occasion.
“I remember whispering: ‘Don’t mess this up boys.’”
The band, who named themselves after the poet William Blake, teamed up on Facebook eight years ago.
Just two days later, they signed a £1m record deal.
“One day we were performing at a friend’s wedding – a fortnight later we were giving our jobs up.
“I worked for a computer company, and it seemed like a massive gamble.
“But joining Blake completely changed my life.”
The group has sold more than a million records, bridging the gap between pop and opera.
And followers of the number one band include an army of middle-aged women old enough to be their mothers, The Blakettes.
The band, who will sing songs from their new album and classic numbers when they make their first appearance in the Ribble Valley this month, can also count many female stars among their fans, including Cilla Black, Joan Collins and Lady Ga Ga.
They were also asked to sing at Dame Shirley Bassey’s 70th birthday party.
“It always gives us a kick to think that people our parents adored are saying how much they enjoy our music,” added Stephen.
But if Blake sound a bit too wholesome to be true, the singer is adamant the boys are more rock and roll than their squeaky-clean image suggests.
“We’re billed as a classical band, but we’re the hardest partying band out there.
“Some people assume that because we are classically trained we are a bit po-faced, but we love a party and having fun with our audience.
“We don’t script any of the shows, it is all ad-lib and people seem to really enjoy that.”
The band was a four-piece until founding member Jules Knight left in 2013 to join the cast of Holby City as new doctor Harry Tressler.
Despite the line-up changes, Bowman insists the secret to Blake’s success is the comradeship of the group.
“The thing people most enjoy about our shows, I think, is the fact we are great friends and that vibe on stage sparks off a great interaction with our audience.”
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Blake:”Flashback to 2014, at the Mandarin Oriental for afternoon tea with some of the amazing pledgers who made our 5th album reality! Thanks girls, see you in 2015!”
My unforgettable perfect afternoon tea with ♥Stephen,Humphrey,Ollie,Sandra and Karen♥ in London
I will never forget that afternoon!!!
Thank you ♥BLAKE♥
January 5 at 11:08am ·
Only a few days into 2015 and BLAKE already have over 30 UK shows confirmed, along with repeat tours to South Korea, The Philippines and even Barbados! If you want to know where we’re performing next, head to: http://www.BlakeOfficial.com/LIVE
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