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
Proud to have sung for the Royal National Institute of the Blind tonight at the Ritz in London, celebrating the great work of Julian Fellows & the talking books initiative. Got our London concert tomorrow, very excited indeed! December 8, 2016
The Choir Factor — at Malvern Theatres.
· Malvern, United Kingdom · December 3, 2015
A big thanks to BLAKE as we have just stepped off stage having performed with them again
Sherrill Klaus · You never cease to impress us with all you give back 💗 Thank you!
BLAKE · November 23,2015
Had a great time supporting the Royal National Institute for Blind people tonight, accompanied by Brian Ferry, Omid Dijalili, Rod Stewart, E.L.James, Dame Shirley Bassey, Rory Bremner, Beverley Knight and many more amazing people. We auctioned ourselves off and raised £24,000 too, so nice to do our part 😊
E L James Author of Fifty Shades Trilogy and Grey
Stephen Bowman ·
Had a fantastic night at the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind people) at the Dorchester. We performed a set and raised £24,000 by auctioning ourselves off for the charity, then Brian Ferry performed a set too! The best part of the evening, was a brilliant comedy turn from Omid Dijalili, hilarious!!!
One of our filming locations today, those of you who are Game of Thrones fans may recognise it?
Sherrill Klaus Ohhh, I love it 💗 I’ve never seen/played Game of Thrones? Just love the trees! 😊
We’re overseas filming for the massive Chinese TV show I-Supermodel, watched by over 280 million people last series! Stunning location video shoot in Northern Ireland, so beautiful! October 20, 2015
Excited to head overseas tomorrow to record an episode for Chinese leading TV show ‘I Supermodel’ (280 million viewers). Fun to be back on Chinese TV screens this year 😊
A huge honour to have performed at the Lord Mayor of London’s dinner on Monday evening, at the stunning Guildhall in City. Nearly £500,000 raised for charity, great result! City Of London Guildhall October 19, 2015
Blake in Concert!!!
Fabulous photos from #TheChoirFactor performing with #Blake at #RosesTeweksbury Thank you ♥
October 4, 2015
The #LostBoys of #Blake Poor #OllieBaines 😦
We Blake boys love nothing better than a big Sunday roast lunch, followed by a charming walk in the country; except for when Ollie is in charge of the map…. Uh oh…
October 3, 2015 #HelenVerekerSingers-HerefordPopChoir at @CourtyardHereford
Such a lovely photo of BLAKE and the Helen Vereker Singers – Hereford Pop Choir 💗
Here we are accompanying BLAKE at Courtyard, Hereford, this was the second song of the second half – Up Where We Belong.
BLAKE solves the problem of showtime and game time 😉
BLAKE @TheBandBlake 3 hours ago
We realise a lot of gents attending our concert tonight would prefer to be watching @EnglandRugby – we have a plan 😉
#Blake and #Rugby together 😊
Opening the second half of the show for BLAKE at the Courtyard, Hereford.
“Here’s the choir and Humphrey rehearsing Jerusalem to sing for our imminent victory in the rugby… Come on England!!” #MartinRiley
Blake~Our stage for tonight, at the fantastic Courtyard Theatre in Hereford, another sell-out show; though the England rugby supporters in the audience were a little distracted… Tewkesbury tomorrow, loving this tour!!
Stage being set up for tonight’s extravaganza 😊 HelenVerekerSingers
October 2, 2015 #RaiseTheRoofChoir #WrekinHousingTrust #TelfordTheatre
BLAKE @TheBandBlake 21 hours ago
Wow, @TelfordTheatre was fantastic tonight, packed to the brim with a lively/lovely audience! Great singing everyone!
Oct 1, 2015 ·
On a rare night out (spending most of our time finishing the Christmas album!) attending the Bugatti menswear launch in Knightsbridge, with dashing actor #NoahHuntley. #new4thmember ? Nah, we’re a happy trio ☺
A fabulous review about #Blake’s show last night, September 10, 2015 at #ThePlazaStockport with the #DoYourThing choir
“Well they do say “you can’t beat live entertainment” and seeing a band, or in this case vocal harmony group, do their thing live on stage at a concert venue is possibly the best thing you can ever enjoy. This evening the beautiful gem that is the Stockport Plaza paid host to the classically-styled trio Blake and their eclectic mix of genres.
Established in 2007 by Ollie Baines, the group also features the incredible talents of Humphrey Berney and Stephen Bowman, all of whom were reunited when Ollie sent a group message out to his schoolmates on Facebook to try and establish a singing project. Thankfully, including former member Jules Knight who has since pursued a successful acting career, their hard work and talents paid off when they signed a 5-album record deal. Ollie and Humphrey were both Choristers from a young age and Stephen apparently trained doing karaoke!
Now, alongside their 4th album ‘In Harmony’, they are touring the UK, with special guest Camilla Kerslake for some dates and a local community choir at each venue. Tonight’s show included pieces performed by and with the ‘Do Your Thing’ choir, made up of two groups consisting of 77 woman and 3 men, all of whom should be congratulated for being in such fine voice and showing their enjoyment.
Having performed with the likes of Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins at some of the UK and World’s most prestigious venues, it is no surprise these guys have got the art of audience interaction and pure public performance down to a tee, sparking thunderous applause in perfect unison, even if the swaying of arms wasn’t.
Starting their set with ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, before Ollie took to singing Charles Aznavour’s ‘She’, ‘Nella Fantasia’ from the film The Mission and their spin on Snow Patrol’s ‘Chasing Cars,’ they progressed to welcoming the choir with ‘You Raise Me Up’ – a song they have previously recorded upon request by Camilla Kerslake who asked them to sing for her campaign to raise funds towards treatments for and raise awareness of Breast Cancer. With solos of ‘Summertime’ (Humphrey) and Elvis Presley’s Love Me Tender (Stephen) throughout, then came the most covered song (and the first song they recorded) ‘Hallelujah’, ending the first half with Andrea Bocelli’s ‘Because We Believe’.
Act Two was opened with the choir singing Queen’s ‘Somebody to Love’, before welcoming the trio back for the swaying was requested for ‘Up Where We Belong’ from Officer and a Gentleman. U2’s classic ‘With Or Without You’ was well received, as were Stephen’s version of Nat King Cole’s ‘When I Fall In Love’, Ollie’s ‘On The Street Where You Live‘ from My Fair Lady and their collective of Sting’s Fields of Gold which was also been recorded by Eva Cassidy.
Bringing stories of interest to the stage like who sang the songs of Eliza Doolittle instead of Audrey Hepburn and it being the same voice who sang the songs of West Side Story and appeared as a nun in The Sound of Music, are priceless and add to the passion and enjoyment they have to their careers. Sticking with Musical Theatre for the ever emotive Bring Him Home, which Ollie mastered with ease. Finishing off with Puccini’s Rugby rose that is ‘Nessum Dorma’, before taking the trick out of their sleeve in the form of ‘Jerusalem’, with full audience participation.
Accompanied by the wonderful Martin Riley who somehow manages to play ever instrument required in just two keyboards and a grand piano, the show is really well formatted with modest projects of the band name on a curtain behind the artists.
I draw on a lyric that stood out for me and I can only complete a review with such. From the macaronic (using a mixture of languages – Italian and English) ‘Because We Believe’, “Like Stars Across the Sky, We Were Born To Shine” certainly refers to this talented threesome.
Their next studio album hopes to be funded by donations or pledges from fans who have the opportunity to trade donations off for afternoon tea with the lads, presence at the studio, singing lessons, calendars and much more.”
Sherrill Klaus via Do Your Thing
So, it’s the day after the night before! Have you come down off cloud nine yet? Well, I’d like to keep you all up there for a bit longer as I think you all deserve it. Blake tweeted this last night – Tonight we had 80 incredible singers on stage with us, all fine voices from @DoYourThingUK – loved working with you ladies (and 3 gents) smile emoticon Thanks #Blake, Martin and all the crew – you certainly gave 80 (plus me) a night we’ll never forget!
Oh and if you want to relive it again, it’s already on youtube –
Do Your Thing Meets Blake at the Stockport Plaza
Silly stuff Blake does on tour!!! Oh, how we love them 💗
BLAKE · Sept 10, 2015
We found a new vocal warmup, a roller coaster! Made sense as we were passing through Blackpool; beautiful weather!
Stephen Bowman ·
How do we finish our shows? With a little silly dancing and the UK finest organ, at The Plaza in Stockport; real 1930’s glamour!
blakepassion Could I Have This Dance…for the rest of my life 🎶
The Boys Are Back In Town
#BLAKE is on the cover of #EssexLife !!!
#HollyLouiseEells interviews #StephenBowman
#InHarmony #Tour #ChristmasClassics #Magazine http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/christmasclassics
Excited to have been invited to the big premiere of this new show of magic and illusion. Thursday night should be interesting!
Yesterday afternoon with @rnbjayr @gorachelleann & @arnold_vegafria in Soho London, for coffee & cake at Princi Cafe #London #Summer #Coffee #Cake
With my lovely friend Rebecca Newman at BBC Radio 2, to support her on her first ever Terry Wogan appearance. #LisaDavies’ photo
Blake enjoy Pigeon shoot Royal Berkshire for Variety, The Children’s Charity
Photo from Caroline Monk; sitting on car with blue sunglasses 👓
Blake: Ollie, Stephen and Humphrey
with Jules Knight
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Went on a charity clay pigeon shoot today, very few clays were harmed in the process; though I narrowly missed hitting myself in the face with my own used cartridges a few times 😊
Blake attend the Premiere of Ant-Man at Leicester Square July 8, 2015
Being photographed today for eyewear designer Tom Davies, in the very swanky Rosewood hotel in London. The glasses in model shoots never actually have lenses in them, so I couldn’t really see all that much during today😉
Off on a modeling shoot for glasses designer Tom Davies, for their 2015/16 campaign. Love playing at this stuff 😊 July 6, 2015
Just stepped off the stage at the ‘Flannels for Heroes’ charity cricket event for wounded servicemen, after singing Nessun Dorma & Jerusalem in warm British sunshine. What a day! June 19, 2015
#HumphreyBerney, #OllieBaines and #StephenBowman perform during the Flannels for Heroes charity cricket match and garden party hosted by menswear brand Dockers at Burton’s Court on June 19, 2015 in London, England. Embed from Getty Images
#HumphreyBerney and #StephenBowman attend the Flannels4Heroes charity cricket match and garden party hosted by menswear brand Dockers at Burton’s Court on June 19, 2015 in London, England.
We are delighted to announce that Brit-Award winners BLAKE will be giving their biggest outdoor show of 2015 at Hoghton Tower’s beautiful castle location, near Blackburn on the 4th of July. The show will feature full orchestra, a stunning finale firework display and special guest Lucy Kay (from Britain’s Got Talent).
The night will feature a stunning selection of songs from the worlds of pop, classical and musicals, all delivered in lush three part harmony, backed by the Heart of England orchestra. Finishing the concert will be an uplifting traditional Union Jack waving proms section, featuring classics such as Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem and more.
Joining the boys will be Britain’s Got Talent star Lucy Kay, who will be singing classical anthems from her latest album. As the evening draws to a close the finale numbers will be accompanied by fireworks lighting up the sky above the stage and the audience. July 4th promises to be a true celebration of Britishness, fine music and passionate singing!
Doors open at 5pm so that the audience can arrive early with their picnics, blankets and chairs, to pick the best spots for this incredible one-off evening. Don’t miss our biggest classical-crossover outdoor concert of 2015!
St Catherine’s Hospice, Lancashire
Wow, what an afternoon! Our patients and their families have been treated to an intimate performance from classical crossover group Blake, ahead of their Symphony at the Tower concert in aid of St Catherine’s on Saturday July 4th. Granada Reports were also here finding out more about the Symphony event and the work of St Catherine’s – make sure you tune in tomorrow at 6pm to watch! To join us at this year’s extra special Symphony, where Blake will perform along with Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Lucy Kay and the Heart of England Philharmonic Orchestra, click here to get your tickets now: http://bit.ly/1qCmrGg
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Watch BLAKE on TV tonight at 6pm as they perform live on ITV northwest for Granada Reports – performing for the patients at St.Catherine’s Hospice and talking about our July 4th show at Hoghton Tower. Enjoy!
Up in Lancashire today to appear on TV and radio shows to promote our MASSIVE outdoor concert at Hoghton Tower Castle on July 4th (accompanied by full orchestra, fireworks and Lucy Kay from Briton’s Got Talent no less!)
A welcome from the North West of England as we visit radio and tv stations to talk about our show on July 4th at Hoghton Tower, a huge outdoor concert!
A special evening last night at the Variety children’s charity fundraiser. Got to meet these two amazing sisters, both with acute Spina Bifida but both wheelchair basketball champions! Their specialist sports wheelchairs were funded by Variety, and now they’ve made Team GB for the next Paralympics! Makes me so proud to be an ambassador for this fantastic charity, they really change lives. Visit http://www.variety.org.uk — with Joe McFadden. June 3, 2015
Stephen had the honor to witness this historical event today, May 27, 2015
The State opening of Parliament and the Queens speech
A fascinating and fun time enjoyed at the State opening of Parliament, with friend & MP Nigel Evans – Enjoyed superb speeches from the Prime Minister & Simon Burns! A real honour to have been part of a historic day!
Her Majesty’s most gracious speech to both Houses of Parliament at the State Opening of Parliament 2015.
Was trying to think of the most appropriate way to get to my little jaunt at Westminster today. Taxi? Might get stuck in traffic and likely to have to listen to a cabbie moan endlessly about Uber. Motorbike? Arrive with crazy helmet hair (PM wouldn’t approve). So I chose the Underground, a 95% chance I’d get there on time. Thanks to TM Lewin for the suit and Tom Davies for the sunglasses, all blue, very appropriate 😉
A rather exciting day ahead of me. A kind friend has invited me to witness the State opening of Parliament and the Queens speech, really quite a huge honour and life experience. Doubt I’m allowed to take any selfies, it’s all rather serious😊
BLAKE sing You Raise Me Up on BBC1
Published on Mar 2, 2015
Watched by over 5.5 million viewers on BBC1’s ‘Songs of Praise’ on March 1st 2015, Twice Nominated BRIT-award winners BLAKE give a debut classical performance as a trio, singing ‘You Raise Me Up’ – Visit http://www.BlakeOfficial.com/LIVE for more!
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 26: Humphrey Berney (L) and Charlotte Taylor attend Debrett’s 500 party, hosted at The Club at Cafe Royal on January 26, 2015 in London, England. The Debrett’s 500 recognise the most influential people in Britain, across 24 different categories, including Politics, Fashion and Music. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Debrett’s)
BLAKE – Dream a little Dream of Me @ The White House
British vocal trio BLAKE were in Washington to perform at a charity fund raising gala for The Children’s National Medical Centre, so we popped down to the White House to record a special song for them.
BLAKE sing Hallelujah with piano
You join British trio BLAKE as they give their debut performance at the world famous Cafe Carlyle in New York, following Woody Allen.
Flying again ✈
Stopping in Barbados to sing at Holders Season 🎶
Amazing honor for BLAKE to perform on closing night!!!
We’ve arrived in Barbados! We will be singing at the prestigious Holder’s Music Festival on the 21st, and it’s totally sold out! So Happy!!!
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⬆We thought we’d recreate the OK Magazine photoshoot from 3 years ago in Barbados, beside the pool at Holder’s House; very close!
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Here at sound and lighting checks for our headline concert in Barbados, taking place outside under the trees and stars. Whose voice is saying ‘Testing, one, two…”?
March 24 at 5:52pm ·
Very randomly we were joined by X-Factor winner Joe McElderry on a friends boat in Barbados today, so we challenged him to jump off the top with us, 20 feet high up in the air! He went for it 🙂
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You Raise Me Up – Performed by BLAKE featuring Sarah Boulton – Holders Season 2015
#SarahBoulton “On Saturday March 21, I performed at Holders Season in beautiful Barbados and had the opportunity to open for British vocal group, Blake. One of my favourite parts of the evening was when the group had me up to share the stage with them in this gorgeous version of “You Raise Me Up” which they recorded in support of those who struggle with breast cancer. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!
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Sadly some of you weren’t able to watch our headline show at Holders Festival in Barbados this week, so here are a few photos courtesy of Corrie Scott for you to enjoy.
Awesome photos from Holders Season !!!
Just a few of the images from the wonderful Holders Season Gala finale. Holders Season 2015 Gala Night Barbados. Saturday 21st March GALA Night featured BLAKE, UK’s most sophisticated 3- piece singing group. Canadian singer songwriter Sarah Boulton makes her first appearance at Holders. Photography by Corrie Scott & Claire Blondeau. https://picasaweb.google.com/105714821715531443977/HoldersSeasonGalaNight2015
As you know, I’m a big fan of sunsets, this was the one I enjoyed tonight from a friends home in Barbados; perfection 3-25-15
Our 2015 BLAKE Christmas Album will shortly be getting it’s official launch on PledgeMusic, so to celebrate we rehearsed some new festive harmony arrangements on the beach and built a ‘snow man’ the only way we could! More updates on this to come!