Blake Journeys to Taipei

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Sherrill Klaus  ❤️ You are a beautiful inspiration to all ❤️

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

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

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

Such beautiful scenery and exotic foods ☺️

Lovely tea location and a beautiful gift

Tonight is their #BIG show!!! ❤️🎶😊

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

  • stephenbowmanblake Standing in front of the National Concert Hall of Taiwan, ready for our show! So so excited! 🙂
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thebandblake Have you ever seen a national concert hall quite like Taiwan’s? It is MASSIVE. The closer you look, the more detail you see. Can’t believe we have sold this venue out in a country we’ve never been to before; maybe we should come here more often 😉

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

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

blakepassion The world is your Home Away from Home❤️😊

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Stephen: Can’t leave Taiwan without a decent massage & reflexology! Two ladies pummelled the hell out me and I feel ready to pass out on the plane home. What a fantastic trip, I can’t wait to come back!

 

 

 

 

 

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Local Choirs Join Blake on Stage

Classical Brit Award Winners Blake are searching for local choirs to sing with them… Choirs who would like the chance to join Blake on stage should send a YouTube video link of themselves performing to info@BlakeOfficial.com accompanied by a short description of their group.

Supporting BLAKE last night. The third time for us but always an honour!

thebandblake Rehearsing our superb choir for tonight’s show at The Radlett Centre. Is this going to be a huge show? You betcha! These ladies are one of the best choirs we know #jubilate #choir #ladies #blake #concert#show #songsofstageandscreen#tenyearstogether #singing #harmony #fun

Q: How can you alter your immunity? A:Sing in a choir! We’re not arguing with science…!

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We ask members to sing solo if able….does YOUR choir leader???????

Our choir leader ensures they introduce themselves to new members…..does YOUR choir leader ??????

Come and join US….. You’ll have ‘yeses’ to ALL these

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If you have answered even one ‘NO’ to any of these questions ….you’re in the wrong choir!

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Performing Gladiator at the Atrix with our superb choir, great show all round! Big thanks to all the team at this superb theatre, for filling the auditorium & making it such a pleasure to put on our tour here. Can’t wait to be back! #gladiator#inparadisum#song#blake#tour#movie#soundtrack#show#live

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Artrix SongStars Showchoir
ARTRIX show choir Songstars will be performing alongside winning harmony trio Blake on Saturday.The Blake boys will be bringing ‘Songs of Stage & Screen’ to Bromsgrove on May 20, and will be joined by amateur singers Songstars for one special performance.The choir, which meets once a week at the Slideslow Drive theatre, were founded in 2012, and have gone on to perform at concerts and events across the district.Led by Estelle Williams, Songstars is made up of three groups: Little SongStars, for children aged five to nine; Junior SongStars, for 10 to 16-year-olds, and Adult SongStars for 16+.The junior and adult groups will be accompanying BLAKE on stage, singing Nessun Dorma, The Gladiator theme, Vide Cor Meum and You’ll Never Walk Alone.Choir leader Estelle said: “I was absolutely delighted when I heard from the managers of Blake that our choir had been chosen for such a wonderful opportunity.”Our SongStars members have worked really hard on these classical songs and are looking forward to singing at this professional concert.”Fingers crossed they won’t get too star struck by the outstanding singing talents of Blake.”

May 20th at #ArtrixArtsCentre
For more information or to buy tickets, visit artrix.co.uk.
Bromsgrove Advertiser
http://www.bromsgroveadvertiser.co.uk/…/15291766.Artrix_ch…/

Artrix Theatre tonight, lots of new songs from our Stage & Screen tour, great choir, fun venue & lots of new banter of course! Hope to see lots of you there. #Artrix#bromsgrove#theatre#concert#show#tour#blake#harmony#singing#british#choir#fun

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What an amazing evening last night, May 5th, 2017 at The Octagon Theatre in Yeovil with the fabulous Octagon Choir Yeovil 🎼

“The 3 musketeers singing our finale at @octagonyeovil last night! Fab show in a venue we love putting concerts on in. Our local choir were fabulous, Cameron our guest pianist was wonderful and the audience were kind & generous as always in Yeovil. We may be bringing our big Xmas show to Yeovil later this year, in the sister venue to the Octagon, so keep your ears peeled for news of that! #Blake#concert#show#harmony#songsofstageandscreen#singing#classical#pop#musicals#trio ”

🤞fingers crossed for Christmas at Westland Leisure 

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BLAKE BUCKET COLLECTION: We can’t wait to welcome Blake tonight, we hope you’ve got your tickets ready, if not there’s still time to get them here: http://bit.ly/2q69KOC

Blake are huge supporters of Help for Heroes Official and so we will be holding a bucket collection at the end of the night.

Atlas UK Security Services Ltd (our fab security team) are also raising money for charities including Help the Heroes, this year taking on the epic challenge of paddle boarding across the channel. Visit their website to donate: http://bit.ly/2pfwjg1

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Blake rehearsing their superb choir ( Choir on the Green)ahead of a show at the #Elgiva Theatre. Lighting, projections & audio all ready, time to let the audience in soon. lots of fun if you love films & musical hits! #Blake#show#concert#tour#touring#projections#lighting#sound#fun April 1, 2017

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Exciting day for us today! Our first ever performance in our home towns! Singing with in! Break a leg everyone!!

All sound checked on our first concert ever! Very exciting time!

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Blake loved having you on stage with them tonight ♥

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Looking forward to getting back to choir this week after half term! Preparing for our concert with in March in

The AFO Wakefield Choir will be joining Blake on March 24!

“We are delighted to announce that our first gig has been booked of 2017 for our Wakefield and Huddersfield choirs. The choir will be performing with Blake at Wakefield Theatre Royal on the 24th March. Please note, you do not have to read music to take part in any of our gigs including this one. The parts are very easy to learn and even if this is your first time singing in a choir, we guarantee we will teach you all you need to know. So enjoy the experience of singing with Blake and meeting the award winning classical crossover male harmony group that sell out venues all over the UK. Generally there is an offer code for friends and family audience members this will be announced at your session. A great way to start your AFO experience. Book your taster now and enjoy what the new year has to offer. ”

http://allforonechoir.com/choir-locations/wakefield-choir.html

Fresh from recent appearances on The Graham Norton Show, Strictly Come Dancing and The One Show, Brit Award-winning harmony trio 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 music from Hans Zimmer, Ennio Morricone, Leonard Bernstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Leonard Cohen, The Beach Boys and many more.

This is the ultimate celebration of movies and musicals, all sung in thrilling vocal harmony.

http://www.theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk/whatson/show.asp?e=912#.WL1yizvyvIV

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It was a #SELLOUT crowd at Cromer Pier ✨🎉🎶

Let’s take a look back to March 22, 2013 and listen to Blake chat before their show at Cromer Pier
They will be there again Saturday March 4, 2017  with #TheBroadlandYouthChoir

https://youtu.be/m8Bjjj5M0Zg

Joining Blake this Saturday, March 4th at #CromerPier is #TheBroadlandYouthChoir

This #Saturday, March 4th, BLAKE could be making another fabulous 360° #VR with *YOU in the audience!!!
#MoonRiver #Acapella #harmony#TenYearsTogether
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“Whilst watching move your phone/tablet around to see any angle, or grab the video with your mouse & move it”
Got #your tickets??? https://cromer.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873563310
Accompanied by local choir #TheBroadlandYouthChoir
Musical director #CaroleTims said it was a great experience for young people, and that new members would have the chance to perform with the choir and the vocal group #Blake at #CromerPier on March 4.
Read more about #choir 🙂 http://www.edp24.co.uk/…/new_voices_invited_to_join_broadla…
Cromer Pier 04 March 2017 Blake: Songs of Stage & Screen.
To book call 01263 512495

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Saturday
February 25th

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The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne
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See #Blake > http://www.blakeofficial.com/live/

16806678_10154134235307540_6639580317925789845_nSandra Scott to Wall of Sound Singing Ensemble · Eastbourne, United Kingdom · The Wall Of Sound Singing Ensemble are very much looking forward to accompanying the award winning trio Blake on 25th Feb at 8pm at the beautiful Royal Hippodrome Eastbourne. Beautiful singing, sharp suits, fab songs, good looks….what more could you ask for!

 

Fabulous and friendly #choir that is a favorite of  The Band Blake and mine 😊
Stop by and visit @TheChoirFactor  ❤️  Life is a song 🎼sing-along

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LOCAL CHOIRS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO PERFORM WITH BLAKE

Fresh from their recent BBC One appearance on ‘David Walliams celebrates Dame Shirley Bassey’, British harmony trio BLAKE are back with a brand-new tour and they are giving 1 Island choir the chance to perform with them at Medina Theatre.BLAKE have an impressive CV of achievements including several number 1s, multi-platinum selling albums and over 150 TV appearances, as well as having won a Brit Award for Album of the Year.The members of Blake all found their love of music at a young age and sang with various groups and choirs throughout their childhood. Their passion for music continues to grow and they wanted to share this with the communities they would be visiting on their tour.#OliverBaines, Tenor said:
“We thought about how we could involve school choirs and local community choirs in our live shows, and that getting some of the choirs up on stage with us would be a great experience for both them and us”.#Choirs who would like the chance to join BLAKE on stage should send a #YouTube video link of themselves performing to info@BlakeOfficial.com, accompanied by a short description of their group. Just 1 choir will be chosen for each concert to join the group on stage.#BLAKE come to the Isle of Wight to perform at Medina Theatre, Newport on 26th May 2017.

Tickets go on sale soon.

Concert Schedule> http://www.blakeofficial.com/live/

By Island Echo
Published on 10th January 2017http://www.islandecho.co.uk/news/local-choirs-given-opportunity-perform-blake

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#FestiveFriday
#Christmas with BLAKE
The fabulous The Choir Factor#choirthe-choir-factor-may-2016 will be joining #Blake on stage again  
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featuring festive songs in beautiful trio harmony they are sure to fill you up with Yuletide cheer. For tickets and more info
https://goo.gl/lkiUaz
November 24th
#AClassicChristmas #Blake #BackInYourArms

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#Oakfieldchoir will be joining Blake on November 19th at #FromeMemorialTheatre

Yes, we are supporting Blake!

oakfield-choir-of-frome-somersetWe are proud and delighted that members of Oakfield Choir will be making a guest appearance at this concert to sing with Blake. Saturday 19th November at Frome Memorial Theatre.

#Theatreworks-Cheshire LTD will be with Blake on December 18th at #TheBrindley

Friday, November 11th
BLAKE will be performing their 🎶 #songsofstageandscreen
You’ll Never Walk Alone
Memory
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Music of the Night
Maria
+more
in beautiful harmony 💖 at Exmouth Pavilion
#localchoirjoiningBlakeonstage is the Centre Stage Exmouth #choirwere-here-warming-up-with-blake-whos-coming-downWe’re here warming up with Blake, who’s coming down?
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Taunton Prep School Choir will be joining Blake at the Brewhouse on Sunday, November 13, 2016

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THE Taunton Prep School Choir has been busy with performances taking them up the mountains and to the Brewhouse.The choir, which includes 30 students, went around Switzerland for its annual tour. The 10 to 13-year-olds sang their way through Swiss and French venues. Before they left, they sang for their friends and family in the school chapel, and have now been invited to sing alongside band Blake at the Brewhouse. Jayne Hornsby, head of music and performing arts at the Prep School, said everyone enjoyed the events. “This is an incredible experience for the choirs,” she said. “Not only do they get to sing alongside three of the UK’s most talented musicians, but they also experience what it’s like to perform in front of a large audience.  “We’re honoured to be given such an opportunity, and wish all our performers the very best.”

#SomersetCountyGazette  http://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/14840807.Busy_time_for_Taunton_Prep_School_Choir/

Tickets http://www.blakeofficial.com/live/

Online http://www.thebrewhouse.net/event/blake  or call 01823 283 244

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Backing Blake on July 21st at The Orchard Theatre will be the Front Room‪#‎choir‬🎼
Blake ‪#‎SongsofStageandScreen‬ To book call 01322 220000
We (BLAKE⭐️Blake’s Friends⭐️Blake Passion⭐️The Official Stephen Bowman Fan Club⭐️Ollie’s Place ) are ‪#‎SoHappy‬ and ‪#‎SoExcited‬ for‪#‎FrontRoom‬😊

FrontRoom Blake

‪#‎Blake‬http://www.blakeofficial.com/live/
#FrontRoom http://www.frontroomsingers.org/
#‎OrchardTheatre‬ https://orchardtheatre.co.uk/Online/default.asp…

 

The fabulous ‪#‎RuddingtonCommunityChoir‬ will be on stage singing & supporting this ‪#‎Saturday‬ July 2nd
Best of British Summer Concert in North Lodge Farm, Widmerpool, Nottinghamshire
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‪#‎Trent‬ NSPCC
Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance
Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT)
Ruddington Community Choir

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See these ladies? Looking super smart and happy? These are ladies who have been working their socks off to represent our choir with BLAKE at the South Holland Centre.

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I am supremely proud of every single one of them for finding the time, spirit and dedication to make this performance happen.

Well done ladies and break a leg tomorrow night!!

Blake – I’ll apologise in advance as they are awesome but can be a bit fiesty.. We are super excited to meet you !!!

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Such a wonderful children’s choir 🎼😊❤

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Great night at Alnwick Playhouse tonight with the amazing BLAKE, lots of lovely music from the stage and screen, much appreciated by a warm Alnwick audience! It was great to sing with BLAKE for a second year running!

What a wonderful evening we had last night performing onstage with BLAKE in Market Drayton. It was a honour to share the stage with such genuinely talented and friendly people.

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Blake Passion shared BLAKE‘s photo.

What could be funner than a long week-end of BLAKE ‘s‪#‎StageandScreen‬‪#‎Tour‬ ?
‪#‎BlakeonTour‬http://www.blakeofficial.com/live/
Festival Drayton Centre June 3rd with the Shawbury Military Wives Choir
 Rock Festival Choir June 5, 2015 Alnwick Playhouse #RockFestivalChoir June 2015 with Blake again at Alnwick Playhouse June 4th

The Buccleuch Centre June 5th
The Brindley Theatre June 6th with Glenda Hill Theatreworks ‪#‎choir‬

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thebandblake Fantastic show at the Artrix Theatre, awesome audience and a great choir;love touring!

Blake's Artrix May 27, 2016 https://www.instagram.com/thebandblake/

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Anyone can sing……Just try it ….! You are ALL offered chances to sing with BLAKE and it’s incredible – uplifting, spine tingling, keeps your brain learning new things, chances to sing on professional stages with
world-known professional singers,wonderful singing tips from the expert in sound checks….. National support for ourselves who they don’t go to sleep until we’ve posted in Twitter and fb with photos of us singing……

Make sure YOUR name is down next time and don’t book any holidays around that date or be too afraid to try .If you never do it, you will never know if you can!

We can !

Keeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep

Blaking!

 

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The Choir Factor is joining Blake again tonight at The Artrix Theatre!!! May 27, 2016

Making more memories 🎼💖

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It’s #Showtime!!!

And here we are, the show Rising Voices Wessex on stage with Blake, what a fantastic experience, well done everyone.

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This is it, rehersal time with Blake at the Regent Centre in Christchurch.

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Its show time – Make up and hair for our performance with Blake. A big Thank you to Boots Beauty Therapists and to A’ Courts for making us all look fantastic – our Heros

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In the news…
Singing Our Socks Off‪#‎choir‬ with BLAKE at The Atkinson tonight 😊

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Joining BLAKE at Preston Guild Hall on May 3rd will be……………
the fabulous Preston Cecilian Choral Society‪#‎choir‬ 😊🎼
‪#‎TheCharterTheatre‬

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They will be joined on stage by local ‪#‎choir‬,
Sound Waves Community Choir, Hastings

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Do Your Thing is returning to support BLAKE at The Plaza Stockport😊

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March  2016

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The Landmark Show Choir backing Blake March 5th at The King’s Hall in Herne Bay, UK

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A beautiful performance of ‘Up Where We Belong ‘ from BLAKE and Landmark Show Choir from last night’s show at The King’s Hall for all of us😊

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Thanks to Robert Ward for magnificent video and fantastic photos!

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BLAKE joined by 10,000 singers from 300 choirs since forming in 2007

BRIT-award winning vocal trio BLAKE celebrate seven years of entertaining audiences worldwide this month, along with the announcement that they have been joined by an incredible number of choirs along the way, to whom they attribute their success.

Although trained at leading classical music colleges, the harmony group have always credited their unique sound to all three having sung with school and community choirs since they were children.
Shortly after gaining their first gold disc and a BRIT award in 2008, the singers decided to show their support for choirs in communities around the UK, by inviting them to join their live tour shows. Choirs were chosen via audition videos submitted on YouTube, with successful groups invited to sing both with the boys, but also to open the second act of each show with a solo piece of their choosing.
Since starting this campaign BLAKE have been joined by over 300 local choirs, totalling over 10,000 singers from across the UK, along with many more overseas. The types of UK choirs vary greatly and have included singers from local communities, primary schools, senior schools, state schools, private schools, choral societies, church choirs, gospel choirs, equal opportunity choirs and national choir clubs.
Choirs all continue to keep in contact with BLAKE via social media (Twitter @TheBandBlake Facebook /TheBandBlake ) with hundreds of messages left for the boys each month, thanking them for the opportunity to sing on a professional stage and urging them to keep the campaign going. BLAKE hope that by the time they celebrate 10 years together in 2017, they will have been joined by over 17,000 singers and that within that time many of those will have gone on to solo stardom. Many young singers that BLAKE sang with five years ago, are now themselves studying at classical colleges, showing that this campaign truly does inspire a new generation of vocal performers.
Humphrey Berney from BLAKE, who organised the campaign personally since it started, says “We three all owe our careers, our success and the opportunity to travel the world, to the choirs that first let us sing with them as young children and teenagers. Singing within a group helps build confidence and without a doubt leads on to some people stepping forward to take on solo singing careers”.

Stephen Bowman from BLAKE, who started singing later on in his teenage years with both bands and a school choir adds “I was never sure of whether I had a good enough voice to sing in public, but within the safety of a choir, surrounded by supportive friends, I was able to find my voice and enjoy using it. Community choirs and school choirs are undoubtedly the real-life alternative to waiting and praying for an audition on X-factor, which may or may not lead to anything. Choirs keep it real.”
BLAKE’s respect for the choral community has now spread to other parts of the world, after being joined by local choirs for tours in China, Russia, The Philippines and the Caribbean.
BLAKE have pledged to continue supporting choirs in the UK

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For more information on which venues BLAKE will be performing at, or to find out if there may be an opportunity to for your local choir to perform with the band contact them on social media @TheBandBlake on Twitter, or visit their official Facebook site: http://www.Facebook.com/TheBandBlake

Tenor Oliver Baines: “We thought about how we could involve school choirs and local community choirs in our live shows, and that getting some of the choirs up on stage with us would be a great experience for both them and us.”

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Tribute to Sir Terry Wogan RIP

We 3 boys will miss ‪#‎TerryWogan‬ very dearly. The last gentleman DJ & presenter and a kind supporter of our music. ‪#‎SirTerryWogan‬ you once described us as “a trio of surpassing musical brilliance”, we only have 1 word for you “Legend”. January 31, 201612524062_10154027630590466_8028235377146878668_n

Proud to have appeared on BBC One news tonight, describing our favourite memories of Sir Terry Wogan, a true gentleman.

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BLAKE Our very last radio interview with #TerryWogan on @BBCRadio2  #SirTerryWogan will be dearly missed by us all.

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Blake’s Ollie Baines: “We’re more like a family than colleagues ”

ALTHOUGH Blake is renowned for that feel good factor on stage, I can confirm that chatting to #OllieBaines, one of the classical vocal trio is an absolute tonic too.

He’s fun, friendly, down to earth and incredibly up beat about life. He certainly shows no sign of taking any of it for granted either – even though he’s been singing since he was eight and performing with Blake for ten years.

Ollie was a chorister at both New College, Oxford and Winchester Cathedral. He was also a member of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and learned the French horn and trumpet. He is also a keen #pianist.

Ollie, a tenor, says of touring: “I’ve been incredibly lucky to have seen so much of the world, and at such a young age. Before I was even at university I’d toured throughout Europe, Australia, America and Africa with various choirs, and Blake has taken me further still.”

Ollie is also a keen sailor, skier and horseman. He has survived both a light plane crash and being held hostage in an armed bank robbery. He grew up in the Wiltshire countryside with a plethora of pets, including five dogs.

“I am one of those lucky people who genuinely like being up there on stage, singing my heart out. For me that’s what it’s all about. And it’s essential to enjoy yourself, because that way, the audience tend to enjoy themselves as well.”

The British #harmony group is now back with a brand-new tour which includes two dates in Dorset featuring the finest songs from stage and screen.

Linked together with the boys’ much-loved improvised banter, the show features music from Hanz Zimmer, Ennio Morricone, Leonard Bernstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Leonard Cohen and The Beach Boys.

The tour follows appearances alongside the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey, with whom they released a Christmas single last December. The single featured on their festive album ‘A Classic #Christmas’ in aid of children’s charities Variety and Noah’s Ark Hospice.

The members of Blake all found their love of #music at a young age and sang with various groups and choirs throughout their childhood.

Blake has had several number ones, multi-platinum selling albums and over 150 #TV appearances, as well as having won a Brit Award for Album of the Year. Famous fans include Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Will Smith. 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, to working with the ‘Sing to Beat Breast Cancer’ Choir. Other charities they have supported include Help For Heroes, The British Legion and MIND. They have fans worldwide, which has sent them on tours to the Philippines, South Korea, Barbados, Russia, and even at the White House in the US.

#Choirs who would like the chance to join #Blake on stage should send a YouTube video link of themselves performing to info@BlakeOfficial.com accompanied by a short description of their group. One choir will be chosen for each concert to join the group on stage.

Ollie sounds in particularly high spirits when we speak on the phone. He’s chuckling about an interview he had just given to a newspaper in Somerset.

“Forgive me if I sound a little bizarre and excited,” he laughs. “I’d just put the washing on and then I’m being asked all these deep questions like, ‘what does music to mean to you’ and we ended up going off in weird tangents talking about badgers and Blake 7 – it was all rather surreal!”

One of the keys to keeping their act fresh, Ollie explains, is by inviting school and community choirs to take part in their live shows.

“We thought it would be a great experience for both them and us. It’s a lovely way of involving the local community and it’s also very important to keep things different for us too. It is so much nicer to fill a stage with a choir rather than with your own ego!”

Ollie says has no ambitions of being a #soloist.

“It is a bit of a lonely life and you’ve constantly got to be on your game. That’s the lovely part of being part of a group. You can support each other- even vocally if you’re feeling under the weather which is why we have never cancelled a concert in ten years.

“And yes we do get on – we’re more like a #family than colleagues. Sorry to sound so boring but that’s probably why we’ve lasted ten years!”

Ollie adds: “I’m much more appreciative of my lot now and all the things we have achieved.”

Blake is performing at the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne on May 4 and the Lighthouse Poole in Poole on October 28.

Article by #NickyFindley Daily Echo

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God Only Knows what “we’d” be without you Ollie

 

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Fun 😊Behind-the-scenes of I-Supermodel video shoot!
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Humphrey’s Crib

#HumphreyBerney performs at Holt Festival
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Rehearsing hard for our upcoming ‘Stage & Screen’ tour… this is the jazz flute scene from Anchorman – he’s never had one lesson! 🙂 

Silly goofy balls 😀💗😊

Back in the studio today, with our newest producer Claude, recording a cover of ‘Who Let The Dogs Out?’ – he chose the song 🙂 May 9, 2016

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Award-winning British vocal group Blake are heading to The Atkinson.

Mixing eclectic classical and pop songs with rich harmony vocals, the trio launched their first album in 2007. The debut album went straight to number One in the UK Classical Album Chart and into the Top Twenty Pop Chart.

In 2008 their highly anticipated 2nd album, And So It Goes was released and went straight in at number 12 in the UK pop charts and Number 1 in several classical charts around the world.

After an unusual encounter with Kiera Knightley during the making of their first album, the band has gone on to collect a legion of celebrity fans, including Will Smith, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and even Dame Shirley Bassey, who celebrated her $1Million 70th birthday party, with the Blake boys giving a very special performance.

One-third of Blake, Humphrey Berney, says it was an honour to sing with such a musical legend.

“Meeting Dame Shirley was a dream come true for myself, Ollie and Stephen – as you can imagine.

“I don’t know how we’ll ever beat that, although we’d absolutely love to duet with Tom Jones, of course!”

Humphrey says the trio have been singing since he can remember.

“Ollie and I started singing in the choir when we were about 7.

“That was when I fell in love with singing and realised it was what I wanted to do as a career.

“Stephen has been singing just as long, although he started out with more pop type stuff.”

And what do the band listen to now?

“Absolutely everything. Well, almost.

“I think it’s important to listen to a very eclectic mix because that’s how we operate; we blend songs together, sometimes songs that you mightn’t associate with each other at all.

“Don’t get me wrong, it’s trial and error. Sometimes we try a mix of two and it doesn’t work.

“I’m listening to a lot of soul and funk at the moment and, of course, Bruno Mars.”

The group has never come to Southport before, but ‘honorary Northerner’ Humphrey says he can’t wait.

“I’m a huge fan of the North and I love performing to a northern audience.

“My wife is from Lancaster, and I love the northern sense of humour.

“We love to engage with the audience as part of our shows, and audiences in the north seem a lot more willing to ‘join in’, if you like, and it makes for a much better show.”

Humphrey says despite the band’s strong appreciation for classical music, there’ll be something for all tastes at their Southport show.

“It’s about appreciating all kinds of music. We don’t take ourselves too seriously.

“For people who come along, it’s a night to escape ‘real life’ and just enjoy yourselves.”

And Humphrey wants to thank fans for allowing the trio to live their dream.

“We are so lucky to be great friends and love performing and travelling the world together. I love and listen to so many styles of music and it’s great to sing such a variety with Blake.

“We have so much ahead of us and I can’t wait for what lies around the corner.

“And we could not have done it without the support of our great fans.

Blake come to The Atkinson on Wednesday, May 4 at 8pm. Tickets cost £20-22 and are available online at www.theatkinson.co.uk or at the Box Office on .

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Humphrey on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/humphrey.blake.5?fref=ts

Humphrey on Twitter https://twitter.com/humphreyberney

Humphrey on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/slumberlandthealbum/

Blake  http://www.blakeofficial.com/

 

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The Baby Show

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Calling all ‪#‎Blake‬ fans!

Brit award-winning artist Humphrey Berney from chart-topping classical supergroup ‘Blake’ will be performing a collection of timeless and much-loved lullabies from his new album ‘Slumberland’ every day at our ExCeL show next month.

Perfect for your little ones bedtime routine!

What’s more, visit stand A47 and you can get a signed copy of Slumberland from Humphrey himself.

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The Baby Show

The Baby Show with MadeForMums, the UK’s leading parenting event for bump, baby and beyond is set to return to ExCeL London for a 14th year from 19th to 21st February. The Show will be home to over 200 exhibitors showcasing the very best baby and infant essentials. The only baby show to feature all the major retailers, alongside family favourites including iCandy, Stokke, Philips Avent and Chicco, it is a must-attend event for any new parents, friends and family members shopping for the latest products – and amazing discounts! The main stage will be boasting a fantastic line-up of speakers, including renowned nutritionist, Annabel Karmel MBE, breastfeeding expert, Clare Byam-Cook, baby sleep gurus Chireal Shallow and Fi Star-Stone and many more. Adding a twist to the line-up is Blake singer, Humphrey Berney, who will be taking to the stage to sing his collection of lullabies from the album ‘Slumberland.’

The advanced ticket price is £13.95 on Friday and £14.95 for either the Saturday or Sunday, while on-the-door tickets cost £20. Opening times: Friday 19th February: 9.30am – 5.30pm, Saturday 20th February: 9.30am – 5.30pm, Sunday 21st February: 9.30am – 5.30pm.

ExCeL, London. Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London, London E16 1XL

https://www.wherecanwego.com/event/961951-the-baby-show/events.aspx  

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Humphrey is at The Baby Show this week-end ☺Stop by A47 and say Hello ♥
‪#‎Slumberland‬ ‪#‎BabtShow‬ ‪#‎Lullabies‬ ‪#‎Children‬ ‪#‎Music‬ ‪#‎ShareOurLoveofBlake‬ ‪#‎Blake‬

Slumberland is a beautiful collection of timeless and much loved lullabies and songs recorded by internationally acclaimed, Brit award winning artist Humphrey Berney, member of chart topping classical super group ‘Blake’. Slumberland is Humphrey’s first solo album, which showcases his beautiful calming voice over a selection of 13 brand new interpretations of songs which pluck upon the nostalgic heart strings of new parents who will recognise tracks from their childhood and in turn delight in passing these memories on to their own children.

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Music and singing have always been used by parents to sooth and calm their new born and young children. In recent years the importance of music to develop the bond between a child and parent, as well as the benefits to their development has been truly recognised. Before fame came knocking on Humphrey’s door with Blake he was a male nanny and found music to be a big key in his success in that job role!

Humphrey will be a guest speaker http://thebabyshow.co.uk/excel/speaker/humphrey-berney

The Baby Show Stage With MadeForMums  Humphrey will be on stage Feb. 19th,20th and 21st at 3:15pm http://thebabyshow.co.uk/excel/baby-show-stage-madeformums

Slumberland is a stunning collection of 13 lullabies and songs by Humphrey Berney, member of Classical Brit Award winning group Blake. Presented in a stunning hand illustrated fold out case this is the perfect gift for any mother and will sooth and calm babies, children and their sometimes weary parents.

Music and singing have always been used by parents to sooth and calm their new born and young children and in recent years, the importance of music to develop the bond between a child and parent, as well as the benefits to their development has been truly recognised.

Humphrey Berney, presents his first solo album ‘Slumberland’, which showcases his beautiful, calming voice over a selection of 13 brand new interpretations of lullabies and songs.

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http://www.welcometoslumberland.com/

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“My 8 year old fell in love with the CD from the very first moment she heard it, but then so did I! Humphrey’s voice has such a beautiful and moving quality about it. Like melting caramel”.  Gabby Roslin – Actress, TV and Radio presenter.

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Dream Christmas

Whether you are dreaming of a white Christmas, rocking around the Christmas tree or rocking a baby towards dreamland, Humphrey Berney has a song for you, writes Rowan Mantell

He is used to fans going a little swoony as his band gives some of opera’s most beautiful tunes a boy-band twist. But for his first solo venture, Humphrey Berney of Blake wants to send his audience to sleep.

The Norfolk singer who travels the world serenading thousands of fans in concert halls, sports stadium and palaces has recorded an album of dreamy tunes, designed to soothe and calm small children.

Slumberland, inspired by Humphrey’s idyllic Norfolk childhood and by his stints as babysitter, includes Moon River, When You Wish Upon A Star and Brahms’ Lullaby.

“I have a voice that suits that type of music,” says Humphrey, who has been a member of Blake for seven years and staged command performances for celebrities ranging from royals to pop stars. It was a baby called Wilfred who first inspired Humphrey to create an album of lullabies.

“Before Blake started, my cousin gave me a job of being a babysitter for his son,” he explains. “I loved it and partly from that experience realised how much babies respond to music. When Wilfred was making a hell of a racket, music would distract him – anything from me singing a lullaby if he was a bit grumpy or tired, to AC/DC if he was awake and active!”

Humphrey’s niece and nephew, seven-year-old Sophia and five-year-old Lucas, of Hockering, near Dereham, have also helped shape the album. “They are very particular!” he laughs. “I got a full review of the album from them. Lucas’ favourite is Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Sophia liked Lullaby for a Stormy Night.”

Humphrey’s own musical career began early: “Music played a huge part in my life from the very beginning”. The youngest of three children, he too grew up in Hockering, where his mother used to sing him lullabies. He was a church chorister from the age of seven, sang with the National Youth Chamber Choir as a teenager and was awarded a music scholarship to Gresham’s School and then the Royal Academy of Music.

Slumberland has been a family affair from the start. Its dream-like pastel cover, featuring a fox on a swing in a forest, birds perched on a rainbow and a figure fishing the moon from a lake where a sailing ship rests at anchor, was designed and drawn by Humphrey’s wife Charlotte, a fashion designer for Ted Baker. Although the couple live in London they often return to Norfolk and hope to one day bring up a family of their own in the county.

But the lullabies are not just for babies. Humphrey has named his production company Thurba, for the Welsh cliffs where he enjoyed childhood holidays and where his family scattered ashes of his sister. “Everything I do musically is a reminder of Rose,” he says. She killed herself 10 years ago after battling depression, and Humphrey says: “I think part of this album was wanting to do something on my own and in memory of Rose. I remember sitting at the piano and singing Moon River with her.”

One of his own favourite songs on the album is Baby Mine from Dumbo “It’s a very sad moment in the film. I’m a bit of a soft-hearted bloke and always got a bit upset at that point!” he reveals. “It soothes babies but older children seem to really enjoy it. And I think it’s something parents will listen to when the children have gone to bed.”

Slumberland is available from http://www.welcometoslumberland.com

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Stephen’s Garage

“Your Body is the Garage where you Park your Soul”

Stephen sings I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables solo in Jakarta

Stephen Bowman  — in London, United Kingdom  September 16 at 2:07pm 

Still one of my favourite @hondaukmotorcycles I’ve owned, the CB1100 in white & chrome 🙂 It’s got lovely little exhaust pops every time you change down a gear & loads of torque. Totally useable every day! If only the rain would keep away long enough to take her out!

#honda #cb1100 #cb1100ex #classic #modern #motorbike #helmet #leathers #bikers

#bike #bikersofinstagram #chrome #white #pose

He’s giddy with excitement 😊

Art work for the walls❤️   ❤️❤️

So, he’s in Taipei for a special show with Blake on June 25, 2017 and he’s hungry. What does he find?

……and jet lag is happening! LOL So, we get one of his infamous #toilet posts 😂

 

He has a new car 😉 He’s saving on #gas #insurance #speedingtickets #tires #washing … himself or the car 😜🛁  #VR driving cockpits for VR-Centre

 

Our own #Singer #Songwriter #techy #VR #geek #motorbiker #model #happy #friend #freak #suitedandbooted #hipster #classical #dapper #BLAKE #crossover #electronica all-in-one-Stephen

May 4th and 5th 2017
He’s touring in style this week-end with Blake🎶 In October, I will be riding in that style 😍 “Jaguar on tour”
#Pledgemusic Sports Car Trip to Windsor http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/blake-new-album

These are a few of his favorite things…. from the Beaulieu, National Motor Museum

My favourite toys from @national_motor_museum today, I want all 4 #carsofinstagram #motor #museum #beaulieu #carporn

After watching Stephen’s #VirtualRideAlong video, I decided to Pledge for Blake’s ‘Sports Car Trip to Windsor’ Mr #CoolCalmCollected

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1. Term referring to garage-band, early music.
2. Term referring to a British sub-genre of music.
3. Where you park stuff. Cars, keyboards, speakers etc.
Move over Jaguar! #VRCentre is moving in the garage.
Stephen has launched his 1st events company ‘VR Centre’, combining his passion for virtual reality with entertainment & fun! He’s booked for lots of events in 2017, including this one this week…
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VR Centre provide Live VR events and experiences for private parties, corporate events, trade shows & schools in the UK, using the latest HTC VIVE ‘room scale’ VR systems, combined with high power graphic workstations & 4D haptic effects. Our brilliant VR evangelists guide every user through their experience, curating it to the users preferences. We’ve already conducted many events around Greater London, with more booked throughout 2017. Contact us via our website: http://www.VR-Centre.co.uk for bookings and further information. Instagram https://www.instagram.com/vr_centre/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/VRCentreUK
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“Head and hands immersed in a #VR experience of swimming with a giant blue whale, really no words to describe how overwhelming it feels, just so serenely beautiful
He shows us what he could see😊  https://youtu.be/EJTGfi4jiCQ Up Close With an Enormous Whale in the Blu: Encounter

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New Year 2017 New Look for Stephen

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Stephen needs to pray ⛪️ stephenbowmanblake Forgive me Lord for I have sinned, coveting another mans motor! Love the #635 #bmw #635csi #retro#car #carporn #carsofinstagram #oldtimer#classic #alpina

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October 18, 2016 “On my way to the Hilton Park Lane for the BBC Radio 2 ‘Hall of Fame’ party, all suited & booted as ever 🙂 Supporting Variety the children’s charity, so a great cause! #variety #bbcradio2 “

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stephenbowmanblake Giving a solo set at the Natural History Museum for Great Ormond Street Hospital – nearly £700,000 raised in one night, so fantastic! #fundraiser#gala #ball #charity #greatormondstreet#hospital #children #classical #crossover#singing #suitandtie #check #tdtomdavies

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Stephen performed 4 songs (solo) that evening ♥

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… and he models his #TomDavies glasses as he sings 🎶  and everyday life 😎

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One of the coolest features of the #Internet, is that you can move anywhere at anytime! Stephen ‘took’ his garage on a trip to NYC #sightseeing, #tourist, #foodporn, #vacation

Taxi blog

Mr Hotlegs

brunch blog

Ground Zero blog

NYC collage

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Oh my  🙂

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Let’s add in some cool techie stuff to play with…

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Blake Stephen Bowman interview

Classical crossover trio Blake have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with over the last 9 years.

Stephen Bowman, Ollie Baines and Humphrey Berney released their latest album A Classic Christmas last year and it featured a collaboration with Dame Shirley Bassey. The group will be performing with the singing icon during this weekend’s Henley Festival on Saturday.

We caught up with Stephen from the group to talk about working with Dame Shirley, find out what the plan is for Blake’s next album, and to talk about what else they have coming up.

Hi guys? Where does this Q&A find you today and how are you all?

We boys are currently in Ollie’s little music room, stood around the piano, hard at it in rehearsals ahead of our Henley Festival appearance; all very serious!

You’re performing at the Henley Festival in July with Dame Shirley Bassey as your special guest. What can you tease about the show?

We think the highlights of the show (aside from the incredible BBC Concert Orchestra, fireworks and 5000 people there!) will be the three duets that we’re singing with Dame Shirley, each very different from the next! They are big surprises!

Dame Shirley Bassey performs very rarely in the UK these days. How did you entice her out to be a special guest for your show?

We’ve performed live with Dame Shirley on about 5 occasions so far, but all of those were for big TV shows. It is rather special to have her as our guest for Henley, but in truth we know it’s the audience that tempted her, they’re very well heeled!

You worked with Dame Shirley Bassey for a song on your Christmas album last year. Could there be other collaborations with her in the future?

We don’t want to give too much away, as our 10 year anniversary album next year will feature a host of big vocal stars, but we will say it’s looking quite likely.

What are your plans for your next album? Have you started working on it yet and do you know what style you’ll be going for?

The next album is our 7th and will celebrate 10 years of Blake as a group. It’s going to be a collaboration album with many of the big names we’ve met over the last decade. Musically, think big, we’re bringing out the full orchestra and all the big guns this time, for some anthemic hits!

Which artists would you like to collaborate with on one of your future records and why?

We have a list of artists we love and respect as long as my arm, but at the top are names like Shirley Bassey, Cliff Richard, Elton John, Tom Jones, Elaine Paige, Lea Salonga and so many more; artists who have shaped the musical world we live in and stars who’ll be remembered for generations to come.

You have a solid fanbase across the globe. What’s your relationship like with your fans and what’s been your weirdest fan encounter to date?

We owe our entire career to our fans here in the UK and around the world. We’ve visited around 30 or so countries so far, performing on TV and live on stage, with each country having its own unique type of audience. Nearly all our supporters are delightfully down to earth, music focused and super friendly; though we have had a few random marriage proposals in our time (which we put down to people confusing us with IL DIVO!)

Outside of the band, do you have any interest in pursuing any solo projects musical or otherwise?

We all love having time to work on solo projects, I song write a lot and give vocal coaching, Humphrey created a beautiful CD of lullabies last year and Ollie organises music for people’s weddings, we like to keep busy outside the group too!

What would you say has been the highlight of your careers so far?

Headlining Henley Festival has to be up there with the greatest moments (this will actually be our second time at the festival), picking up our first Brit Award at the Albert Hall and singing to 300 million TV viewers in China on Chinese New Year. We’ve done so much over the last 10 years, it’s quite dizzying to pick moments out of it all.

What else do you have coming up before the end of the year?

This year is all about our UK theatre tour, entitled ‘Songs of Stage & Screen’ celebrating the big anthems from the worlds of film and musicals. We’re half way through it at the moment but it’s been our most popular show so far! We’re touring to Europe in Autumn, and on to Chicago and potentially the Philippines too, before returning to the UK for our festival Christmas show, the perfect way to signal in the end of the year. Right, we’d better get back to rehearsing!

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Blake perform at the Henley Festival on Saturday 9th July 2016 with Dame Shirley Bassey.

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Photo by John Harvey at the Best of British Summer Picnic and Concert July 2, 2016

 

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#v8 #bigengine#fueleconomy #jaguar #xk8 #sportscar#fuel

Being a tourist whilst singing my way around Great Britain! Warkworth village & castle 🙂 #warkworth#warkworthcastle #northumberland #tourism#boysontour #blake #songsofstageandscreen #fun— at Warkworth Castle.

 

I think this is right up your alley Stephen 🙂

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Every garage needs a loo 🙂

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He’s going to be busy cleaning his garage after this escapade😉

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‪#‎Dubai‬ ‪#‎Desert‬ ‪#‎Safari‬ ‪#‎Jeep‬

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  • stephenbowmanblakeAnd apparently I get to test drive this beast on the day of the concert! Yay! 🙂

 

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…and HE does look awesome ❤

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Could this be my first car in seven years? Test driving it tomorrow! 😊 April 30,2016           ‪#‎secondhand‬ ‪#‎jaguar‬ ‪#‎xk8‬ ‪#‎old‬ ‪#‎coupe‬ ‪#‎sportscar‬ ‪#‎sexy‬ ‪#‎cat‬

 

13096023_10153414342066533_1279131207257941930_nSunday is my bike cleaning day! Got my #Suzuki#GSXR looking sleek and sexy 😊 #gsxr600 #biker#bikersofinstagram #bikersoflondon #thinkbike#thinkbiker — at Ace Cafe.

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#‎matineeidol‬ ‪#‎jessconrad‬‪#‎singer‬ ‪#‎actor‬ ‪#‎sixties‬ ‪#‎birthday‬ ‪#‎icon‬ ‪#‎legend‬

13007320_10153400449431533_1377323809385247902_n His first and last convertible! 17 years ago https://www.instagram.com/stephenbowmanblake/

#FridayFlashback to Oct 25, 2011 Philippines

Stephen’s Fan Club https://www.facebook.com/groups/436722849681877/

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stephenbowmanblake One of my favourite Aston Martin designs of all time, driven & enjoyed in London! 🙂

#astonmartin #london#classic #carporn

Stephen is also an awesome photographer💖

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https://www.instagram.com/p/BD8tm66OyWu/‪#‎isleofwight‬ ‪#‎blake‬ ‪#‎boysontour‬ ‪#‎singers‬ ‪#‎band‬ ‪#‎british‬ ‪#‎harmony‬‪#‎sunset‬ ‪#‎sun‬ ‪#‎beautiful‬ ‪#‎sea‬ ‪#‎clouds‬ ‪#‎heaven‬ Medina Theatre

Hurry back Stephen😊💖🇺🇸 safe travels home 💖🇬🇧

Headed back to the UK from Texas, so had to take one last photo #austinHeaded back to the UK from Texas, so had to take one last photo 🙂 #austin

Met a guy in Texas who’d bought 180 ex-military #Hummer jeeps, here’s one of em!

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Yay, we made it! Featured in the official Spotify end-of-week video for South By South West festival. Best week of music I’ve ever enjoyed!

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Yep, this just happened… how the hell is this thing road legal? #topgear #sxsw2016

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Austin, Texas may have run out of steak 😉

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bandicam 2016-03-18 19-46-02-298In a vast desert of Republican thinking, Austin is Texas’s little Democrat oasis 🙂

bandicam 2016-03-18 19-43-03-494stephenbowmanblakeGot to experience the awesome #chvrches last night at the #spotifyhouse in #austin

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and he’s found more beef!735144_10153319228256533_802263258420767687_n If you know Texan #BBQ, you’ll know Salt Lick and their world famous ribs, mama!! — at The Salt Lick (BBQ).

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Listen up Austin, Texas! Stephen is there for South by SouthWest Music Fest

“I’m in Austin, Texas and THIS is my trusty steed; a Ducati scrambler. It’s VERY loud!”

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Stephen on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/stephenbowmanblake/          Facebook https://www.facebook.com/stephenbowmanblake/                                    Twitter https://twitter.com/StephenBowman                                                                  Blake Internet Directory  https://blakepassion.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/blake-internet-directory/

…and there’s a cold front moving in 😞 Freeze warning keep us warm March 19, 2016 cropped

We need to heat🔥up the garage 😉                                                                    #‎ThankfulThursday‬
Forget the monotonous Prince on a white horse…
Give me a harmonious bad boy on a bike!
Please 💖

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It’s cold in his garage! “Please let this be the last dreary, winter coated, cold infused selfie for this year? Off to Austin for 10 days, once back I’m hoping the UK fixes its thermostat finally 😄 “Stephen's cold weather 3-8-16

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…and he keeps on giving♥

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Stephen answers a few questions…
‪#‎Brit‬ ‪#‎Award‬-winners BLAKE mix pop, classical and musicals.
The three singers who knew each other from choirs and music college, launched their first album in 2007, just six months after reuniting as friends on Facebook. The album reached No.1 in the UK Classical Album Chart and crashed into the Top 20.
The band are ‪#‎HumphreyBerney‬, who studied at the University of Kent; Stephen Bowman and ‪#‎OllieBaines‬.
They have appeared on the Graham Norton Show, the One Show and Strictly Come Dancing with Dame Shirley Bassey over Christmas performing their single, A Classic Christmas, which they recorded with her.
This weekend they play the first of two Kent gigs. We caught up with on third of the trio, ‪#‎StephenBowman‬.
Dame Shirley Bassey saw us on TV one morning in her hotel room and decided she wanted us at her 70th birthday party…
An hour later her agent was on the phone and we jumped at the chance! At that point we could only have dreamt of being in the same room as her. It was an amazing night and since then she has come to our concerts and we recorded her first ever Christmas song with her. Everyone has massive respect for what she can do vocally and her presence on stage.
We performed at Beijing’s Chinese New Year celebrations…
Everything we have done in China is on steroids! In this country we might perform to 6,000 people: there it’s 60,000. The Chinese New Year event was watched by up to 30 million people. It was fantastic.
We always tour every year in the ‪#‎UK‬ and do about 40 shows…
Although we have played to massive venues, the good thing about ones where there are 500 people is you can see when there are tears; when you make someone laugh. There’s much more of a chance for interaction with the audience.
We don’t script our shows…
It is a lot more fun when you go ‘off-piste’. It means our shows are different every time. They are 75% the music and 25% banter. It makes it more fun. We also change the music around and no two shows are the same.
We named the group after ‪#‎WilliamBlake‬…
We wanted something very ‪#‎British‬, and an artist we all respected. It just fitted.
I wanted to be ‪#‎MichaelJackson‬ when I was little…
Well that didn’t happen! My dad was into rock music and my mum opera so I had a mixed house of music – I had the opportunity to go one way or the other. I respect both forms – classical and pop music.
I write songs for ‪#‎Blake‬ and for other people…
Everyone has to have a hobby! The song-writing takes second fiddle to Blake. Some is for fun, some is a bit more serious.
I have a couple of ‪#‎motorbikes‬ in the garage and it’s my way of getting away from it all…
I put my leathers on and jump on the bike. But I take music with me. I have headphones under the helmet.
Blake play ‪#‎TheKingsHall‬ on Saturday, March 5. For tickets, £20, visit http://www.thekingshall.com or call 01227 374188.
‪#‎ShareOurLoveofBlake‬ http://www.blakeofficial.com/live/
They will also be play the ‪#‎TheOrchardTheatre‬ in Dartford on Thursday, July 21. For details visit http://www.orchardtheatre.co.uk or call 01322 220000.
http://www.kentonline.co.uk/…/news/blakes-double-take-91834/
Thanks to ‪#‎AngelaCole‬
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… and then there is the worst hair-day ever 😜 His no make-up selfie 😛 August 15,2014

Worst hair-day ever This is my no-makeup selfie Aug 15, 2014

Good evening Stephen 💖

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My new, ultra high intensity and very serious work out, only for fruit ninjas! 🙂bandicam 2016-02-23 20-41-43-712  Chop away baby 💖 😄 Poor fruit doesn’t stand a chance against you!

The DeLorean has made it “Back to the Future.”

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New year, new glasses! Square’s out, round’s in 😊 Bespoke from @tdtomdavies – Perfect for stage, song writing & tutoring!

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🎼Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do 🎹                                                                                         “Enjoying my other musical passion, giving private singing lessons. Had a superb new student today, always makes me happy ☺”

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Whether he is wearing leathers for bike riding or dressed in white tie…
he is Stephen ♥
“At the Imperial Winter Ball last night with Lady Colin-Campbell and Evgeni Minchev London – nice excuse to wear formal white tie! ☺”  Feb. 2o, 2016

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Fun night with the charming James Hill (of The Apprentice & Celebrity Big Brother fame) along with Evgeni Minchev who kindly invited me to the Imperial Winter Ball.

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Meet & Greet with Ennio Morricone at the O2 February 16th. Stephen was a ‘fan’ for the evening taking photos of the great man himself, with Peter Capaldi in the background.  He also signed my LP of ‘The good the bad & the ugly’.

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First Up: Stephen Bowman, from classical man-band Blake

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Stephen Bowman, from Blake, reveals his ‘firsts’…

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. 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.

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Car Torque ….                                                                                                                      What was your first car?                                                                                                Stephen Bowman: My first car was a white Vauxhall estate, with a diesel engine and over 185,000 miles. It cost my dad about £300 and the agreement was that once it died I could have a pretty car. The old girl refused to give in – in the end I drove it into a wall.

How many times did it take to pass your test?                                                              Stephen: Aged 17, nothing in the world mattered more to me than passing my test, which is probably why it took me three attempts to reduce the nerves enough not to muck it up. My poor BSM instructor was pretty glad to see the back of me!

Who would be your ideal fantasy passenger and where would you go?                     Stephen: For the perfect car journey I’d want the company of a gorgeous lady with plenty of stories to tell, so it would have to be Joanna Lumley. Loved her ever since watching reruns of The Avengers when I was a kid. I’d drive her to Paris and back!

What is your dream car?                                                                                              Stephen: When I was 23 and made some money, I bought my dream car – a 1981 DeLorean gullwing, an icon of motoring. To this day it’s the car that makes me smile the most. A close second is the 70s Lotus Esprit – I adore the purity of its lines.

How would you describe your driving style?                                                               Stephen: Day-to-day I actually ride a Honda sports bike as I get more of a thrill from two wheels than I do from four, plus I never get stuck in traffic. When I drive a car, I’m very cautious, especially with others inside. On the bike, it’s just me, so I have fun!

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Tell me one driving anecdote from your past?                                                            Stephen: Eight years ago I polished up my DeLorean, above, and set off for Monaco, purely to park up in the main square and enjoy a cold beer in the summer evening sun. The car made it all the way there, no problems. It got more photos than all of the Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches which line up in front of the casino. It was great to upstage cars costing 20 times its price.

What are you listening to?                                                                                           Stephen: I’m a big fan of La Roux, below and have been waiting patiently for her follow-up album for quite some time. The first single off that album is called “Let Me Down Gently” and has become my 2014 ultimate driving anthem, it’s practically on repeat!

What do you drive now?                                                                                               Stephen: I’m currently riding/driving a 2014 Honda CBR-600-F, which is basically a mixture of a sports bike and a touring bike. With me on top it has a power-to-weight ratio that shames many supercars, so I’m generally first off the lights, with a big smile!

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This is so you, Stephen 🙂 I envision Earth tone colors; jacket in deep burnished brown, pale pink shirt, navy/pink/brown tie, navy slacks, brown shoes and the Cream Homburg!

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Mr. February 2016

February 2, 2016 stephenbowmanblake- Just for comparison, here are my current @tdtomdavies glasses – I love both pairs, which are your favourite?

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blakepassion- Argh! With or without them 😉 Ask something easier!

stephenbowmanblake=- Went in to get my new bespoke glasses from @tdtomdavies fitted today, really happy with the new circular style! #foureyes #framed #spectacles

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Sir Natural Handsomeness                                                                                            Stephen Bowman ‏@StephenBowman January 28th
New year new haircut! Nice to get rid of the growing birdsnest that was on my head 🙂 ready for @TheBandBlake shows!

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Our adorable snowman on his last day of skiing holiday…

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Stephen’s Garage‬ is covered in snow this week ❄⛄

Skiing…Spas…Swimming in Italy January 2016

Lasagna with a view, got to be the BEST way to relax between ski lessons 😉

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Starting the 2016 New Year in China

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Today I finally finished unpacking and putting away toiletries/clothing from UK trip ✔ Last jumper/sweater is in the washer…the snowball one. I had SO much fun wearing I didn’t want to wash it…
but I have ‪#‎memories‬ & ‪#‎photos‬ 💖
What a difference time and friendships make 💖 😊
In 2014 I used the word terrified when I met #BLAKE. They were like, no!
In 2015 there is only ‪#‎Happiness‬ 😊
‪#‎Blake‬ ‪#‎StephenBowman‬ ‪#‎HumphreyBerney‬ ‪#‎OllieBaines‬ ‪#‎UK‬ ‪#‎Concerts‬ ‪#‎Friendship‬ ‪#‎Travel‬ #Friends

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Happiness is…
Meeting and hugging friends for the first time 😊
and Nothing warms the heart like a hug from an old friend 💗
I’m so glad we had this time together,
Just to have a laugh, or sing a song.
There’s a time you put aside for dreamin’,
And a time for things you have to do.
The time I love the best is…
I can spend a moment here with you.
When the time comes that I’m feelin lonely,
And I’m feelin’ ohooooo – so blue,
I just sit back and think of you, only,
And the Happiness still comes through.
That’s why I’m glad we had this time together,
‘Cause it makes me feel like I belong.
Seems we just got started and before you know it
Comes the time we have to say, ‘So long.’
For now!
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#‎UK‬ December 2015

It’s a new year with Blake 2016

 

003 Bond songwriters!!!
Harmony, not discord 😉

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Dame Shirley Bassey will lend her Bond theme singing expertise to vocal trio Blake as they attempt to write a new ‪#‎Bond‬ ‪#‎theme‬.

The 79-year-old singing legend – who recorded the vocals for 1964’s ‘Goldfinger’, 1971’s ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ and ‘1979’s ‘Moonraker’ – has never written her own Bond song, but that could be about to change asStephen Bowman from the Brit-Award winning trio has revealed they going to “wrack her brains” to write one.

He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: “Dame Shirley has been in the lucky position of other people giving her fantastic Bond themes so it’s a very different thing, writing one and putting one forward. I know that Dame Shirley always says she feels very privileged to have been the only person to have the number of Bond themes that she’s sung over the years – normally people only get the one chance and there she is three times, so it’s quite unique and she certainly has a lot more knowledge about what makes a good Bond song than anyone else and we’ll be sure to wrack her brains.”

Meanwhile, the ‘Big Spender’ hitmaker will be performing with Blake as a special guest at Henley Festival next month and they plan on surprising her with a few luxurious gifts.

Stephen, 36, added: “We’ve got to know Dame Shirley very well and there are some gifts that she always appreciates – most likely we’ll pop her a really good bottle of rose ‪#‎champagne‬, possibly a little bit of ‪#‎Caviar‬ as well because she does like the finer things and quite deservedly so.”

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BLAKE and ‪#‎DameShirleyBassey‬ play The Henley Festival on Saturday July 9 on The Floating Stage with the BBC Concert Orchestra
‪#‎Blake‬ ‪#‎tickets‬ http://www.blakeofficial.com/live/
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https://www.list.co.uk/…/81656-dame-shirley-bassey-to-help…/

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‪#‎GrahamNorton‬ beat me to it. BLAKE Group
Yes yes, I know my place. And anyway, never one to get ahead of myself I’m choosing to view that as a signpost to success and not (honestly, truly – keep saying it) something to be envious of.
Actually, I’d had in mind a feature with vocal harmony group Blake for some time. There was the collaboration with Dame Shirley Bassey and their contention for the ‪#‎Christmas‬ number 1 spot; their chart-topping debut album which in itself earns them a spot in the annals of music history. Plus they seemed like an interesting bunch of guys – one of those groups you just know are going to have something to say that’s worth listening to. So I did the usual and dropped a line to their wonderful media agent to set up an interview.
And then do you know what? Over a beer or two in front of the telly one Friday night in December, who should troop onto Graham’s red sofa but Humphrey, Stephen and ‪#‎Ollie‬. Oh and Dame Shirley. Suddenly I’m playing second fiddle to Mr Norton and I’ll tell you what else. I’ve got two-thirds to his whole because while Ollie deemed it worthy of answering the call of the BBC – whoever they are – he felt unable to make it for me. Fine.
Seriously though, I’m okay with it. You see before I hammered out my first article for this site, my aim was to feature a guest list that wouldn’t be out of place on the prestigious couches of any of the leading chat shows. Once I’d hosted the likes of sports stars Sir Steve Redgrave and Lizzy Yarnold, internationally acclaimed authors Tess Gerritsen and Dean Koontz, and more, I began to realise I was on to something. So reverse polarity here and you’ll see what I mean about that signpost. If Graham’s entertaining their company, and so am I – well that’s not too shabby is it? Even if he did secure the full compliment..
Alright, alright I’ll get over it. Anyway Ollie’s absence aside, it’s revealing to chat to the other two thirds of Blake: ‪#‎StephenBowman‬ and ‪#‎HumphreyBerney‬.

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“We’ve had a pretty crazy time these last ten years,” Stephen begins when I ask about the high points of being part of a chart-topping, award-winning music act. “But my favourite moment of all was making our way up the ramp to the stage at the ‪‎Royal Albert Hall‬ to receive our ‪#‎Brit‬ ‪#‎Award‬ in 2008; it’s now in Ollie’s bathroom!”
Ollie…? Sorry, I don’t know the man.
In case you’ve been in a sealed mine shaft for the past few months, you might not have noticed ‪#‎Blake‬’s festive collaboration with ‪‎Dame Shirley Bassey‬. Appropriately and, actually, rather originally named, ‘The Christmas Song’, the single was released in support of children’s ‪#‎charity‬ Variety, an organisation #Blake has been involved with for some time now.
“We were introduced to Variety, the Children’s Charity by ‪‎Caroline Monk‬, their celebrity relations manager,” Stephen explains. “We were asked to sing for one of their ‪#‎fundraising‬ events back in 2009. That night we met the incredibly brave and positive youngsters that the charity helps. We all felt we would like to do a lot more to help Variety from that point. Since then I think we’ve sung at twenty or so events, both for fundraising and to the children directly. We will continue to help them in any way we can.”
And getting to work with Dame Shirley?
“It has been quite amazing working with Dame Shirley,” Humphrey explains. “The relationship first formed eight years ago when Blake performed at her 70th birthday. Fast forward to this summer and we met Dame Shirley at ‪Variety the childrens charity‬ 70th birthday party. We were attending as we are ‪‎ambassadors‬ and Dame Shirley was guest of honour. We had a great catch up and mentioned we were making a Christmas album. She said she had always wanted to record a Christmas album and had never done so in her 60 year career! We asked to join us on ours, she said yes and the rest is history!”

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So that’s it – that’s the secret to success in the music industry. Easy eh?
Not quite, says Stephen. “Life goals are by their very nature long won, and will evolve over time. Being in the music industry requires a steady head and a thick skin, there will be false starts and setbacks aplenty, but like so many other things in life: you have to be in it to win it!”
And speaking to the band’s newest member Humphrey, it’s clear that while waiting for your ship to come in is one thing, it sure helps to build a harbour first.
“I had been working in the music business for a couple of years before Blake formed so naturally I took notice when it was announced in the press. I had been recording with ‪#‎HayleyWestenra‬ and Blake’s first producer, plus seen them perform at the rugby at ‪#‎Twickenham‬, so there were quite a few links. When the opportunity arose I contacted the group and said I would love to join. I instantly knew I would get on with the guys and musically/vocally it was a good fit so thankfully I was asked to join. It’s been a great journey.”
Speaking of musical evolution, I heard that Stephen has a layer or two of rock in his singing strata?
“It’s true that classical music wasn’t my first love. As a teenager I far preferred rock, pop and blues music, which I sang with bands and wrote in my spare time. I got into classical music quite late; the structure and grandeur of it fascinated me, but not the pompous world that surrounded it. I get the best of both worlds now, singing contemporary songs in unusual harmony arrangements, sometimes backed by full orchestra. I still record and write contemporary songs in my spare time and it may be something I return to in the future too.”
So we’ll be watching this space, even though I can’t figure out where in the schedule any of the band will find time to expand their genre. Life for such world-renowned performers is, as you might imagine, hectic.
“One day we are on tour in the UK,” Humphrey agrees, “the next recording, the next doing promo, the next flying to some far off country, the next walking along the Thames path with my dog or up in Norfolk.”
Not that he’d have it any other way.
“I love that variety. The idea of a normal day makes me feel anxious!”
In the course of my research I’ve discovered that like me, Stephen is keen on winter sports but my skiing and snowboarding skills display some margin for improvement, what with the lack of time to practise. So how on earth does he find the balance?
“We’ve always tried to get a balance between work and private time, although as performers we do tend to put career first because the window for opportunity in showbiz is limited by age, looks and energy levels! One of my favourite pastimes is riding ‪#‎motorbikes‬, which thankfully fits in with work quite well; I often ride to our UK tour shows. As for ‪#‎skiing‬, I adore it, but getting a week off can be tricky when countries overseas are trying to book us for tours and album promotion at most points in the year. Ultimately the only way to be assured of group time off is to book holidays together, at least six months ahead.”
Humphrey, too, seems to have taken the philosophical view on professional achievements versus leisure time.
“I’m now 35 and I think success changes with age. I am very happily married, I have a dog called Claude who is awesome and I sing for a living, so all is good! Achieving a balance is so important and often so hard. Financial stability is important and I have been an out of work singer so I know what it can be like. For me, success is happiness and that is different for everyone. I feel that I have achieved that at the moment. The balance is great and I am very aware as a musician/singer how fortunate I am to travel and perform in amazing places with wonderful people. Money is not success if you don’t enjoy the process of making it and you have to sacrifice too much to get it.”
So what’s the recipe for guaranteed celebrity status (yes, including an appearance on the The Graham Norton Show) as well as a happy marriage and an awesome dog?
“Be ready for a roller coaster of emotion and hard work. There will be so many opportunities to choose the easy path and that will often be appealing. If you desperately want something then fight for it (but be realistic – if you have a bad voice you probably won’t be a successful singer even though there are a few who have managed it!) My sister died ten years ago and it confirmed to me life is too short to settle for something you don’t want to do or does not make you happy.”
And to contribute my own two-pence worth: recognise that moment when there’s nothing more to add, and stop writing.

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My grateful thanks to Humphrey and Stephen and also to ‪Sara French‬ of Republic Media for her assistance in arranging this ‪#‎interview‬.
You can find out more about Blake (including some chap called #Ollie who has something to do with the group) and their upcoming tours at http://www.blakeofficial.com
They can be found on ‪#‎Twitter‬ at @TheBandBlake and ‪#‎Facebook‬ at https://www.facebook.com/thebandblake/
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Rebecca Ferguson, Blake and DJ Judge Jules will perform at this year’s British Heart Foundation’s Roll Out the Red fundraising ball on February 11.

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The trio will line-up at star-studded bash at London’s Savoy Hotel on February 11 to raise money for the charity’s life-saving heart research.

Former ‘X Factor’ finalist Rebecca will headline the evening’s entertainment, followed by the classical, all-male singing quartet Blake and a performance from DUO, featuring British Opera star Emily Estelle and award-winning pianist Marina Lieberman.

International DJ Judge Jules will close the event.

Rebecca said of her headline slot: ”I’m thrilled to be performing at the Roll Out the Red ball this year and supporting the BHF’s life saving work.

”It’s fantastic to be a part of this unforgettable night as every pound raised will bring us one step closer to beating heart disease.”

Stephen Bowman, lead singer of Blake, added: ”We are absolutely delighted to be supporting Roll Out the Red and performing on the night.

”The British Heart Foundation is such a fantastic charity and we are so pleased to be helping their fight against coronary heart disease, the UK’s single biggest killer.”

The glitzy do will be hosted by newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky and will include a welcome speech by BHF Ambassador Pippa Middleton.

Last year’s event featured VIP guests including Pippa, Michelle Keegan and Oliver Proudlock.

Find out more info at: http://www.bhf.org.uk/rollout

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Interview: Blake

Published On February 3, 2016 | By Brendon Veevers | Featured Interviews, In The Spotlight, Q&A Interviews

British 3 piece vocal collective, Blake have been a busy band over the past few months. Having ended a hugely successful tour of the UK which closed off 2015, the band have also released a collection of festive covers to add to their growing catalogue. Titled A Classic Christmas, Blake have plucked the creme of the Christmas song crop to form the collection of classics, reimagined by the popular threesome and have also invited musical royalty into the record with Dame Shirley Bassey being invited to duet on the album centrepiece, The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire).

With demand from fans to see the band like at an all time high, we caught up with Blake in the middle of their current tour of the UK to discuss the recently released collection and the bands impressive career to date. Here is what they had to tell us…

Brendon Veevers: How are you guys?

Blake: We’re all very well thank you. We have just arrived back from China where we were filming for a TV station in Beijing which will be broadcast during the Chinese New Year. It was amazing.Wwe love traveling the world and are so lucky to get the opportunity to visit so many incredible places.

BV: The festive season may now be over but you recently released a brand new festive collection called Christmas Classics. What led you to decide to record a Christmas album?

Blake: We have always had a few Christmas favourites in our repertoire and we had spoken about it for some time – it just seemed like the right time.

BV: With so many songs regarded as Christmas classics, how did you finally decide on those that would feature on the record?

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Blake: We had many meetings and discussions throughout the early part of 2015. We all had our long-lists, then our short-lists and then we rehearsed each song a few times with different ideas to see which tracks worked best with our harmonies.

BV: The record features a collaboration with Dame Shirley Bassey. How did that collaboration come about? How did you find the experience of working with the living legend?

Blake: It has been extraordinary working with Dame Shirley. The relationship first formed 8 years ago when Blake performed at her 70th birthday. This summer we were at Variety’s – the children’s charity 70th birthday party – and we were lucky enough to meet Dame Shirley again. We were attending as we are ambassadors and Dame Shirley was guest of honour. We had a great catch up and mentioned we were making a Christmas album. She said she had always wanted to record a Christmas and had never done so in her 60 year career! We asked to join us on ours, she said yes and the rest is history!

BV: What is the groups personal favourite Christmas songs?

Stephen: It’s changes all the time as with a lot of my musical taste but this year it had to be The Christmas Song.
Ollie: I always favour the Christmas classics so I would probably settle on In The Bleak Midwinter.
Humphrey: Who doesn’t love White Christmas?

BV: You have toured all over the world: are there any places that you particularly love to perform?

Blake: We all love traveling and adore the places we get to go. None of us could favour one of the other as they all have such great memories. There are many places we would still like to go though! Japan would be top of that list.

BV: What is your favourite show out of all of those you have played?

Blake: Again this is too tough to choose – although we have to say playing outdoors at the proms style concerts are enormous fun (particularly if it’s sunny!).

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BV: Say you’re not recording, not touring… do you all hang out together?

Blake: We all live close to each other so from time to time we’ll get together for dinner or to throw some ideas around. We do all have our own families and friends though!

BV: What would you say your greatest musical accomplishment to date has been?

Blake: Without a doubt singing with the great Dame Shirley Bassey.

BV: What would you say has been the best part of Blake’s journey so far?

Blake: These last 12 months have been an enormous learning curve for us all. For the first time we have chosen, recorded, produced and promoted our album without the support of an outside record label and this has been the most exciting thing we have done to date. But we look forward to many more exciting projects in the future.

BV: Are there any plans in the pipelines to tour in 2016?

Blake: We have a UK tour planned this year already with more dates being booked all the time. We have already been to China, are due to go back in the Autumn and have a few other overseas concerts being negotiated now. See www.blakeofficial.com for more details.

BV: What else is on the Blake calendar for fans to look out for?

Blake: We have three outdoor concerts already booked in the summer, an even bigger Christmas tour for Christmas 2016 and a full tour of the UK throughout the year.

BV: Tell me something you’ve never told an interviewer before.

Blake: When Fredric Baur the inventor of Pringles passed away in 2008, his ashes were buried in a Pringles tube!

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See it yourself…up close and personal. It is magnificent 😊
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I love seeing these words…makes me ‪#‎SoHappy‬ 😊
BLAKE ‘s show at Chelmsford Theatres is ‪#‎SoldOut‬
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Happy to announce that our tour show this weekend at @ChelmsTheatres has now SOLD OUT, we do love a packed theatre! Bring on the craziness!”                                              The Civic Theatre January 31, 2016

Dinner and a BLAKE Show  😊
Don’t miss out on the original ‪#‎BritAward‬ winning vocal group ‪#‎BLAKE‬, back on tour in the ‪#‎UK‬ with a highly anticipated new show. Mixing pop, classical & musicals in one thrilling night, linked together with hilarious banter and beautiful video projections, this is entertainment at its finest.
Friday 29 January 2016 The Concorde Club
Doors Open 7pm
1st Set 9pm
2nd Set 10.20pm
http://www.theconcordeclub.com/events/blake-january-2016/
‪#‎LIVE‬ with Blake http://www.blakeofficial.com/live/
Brit-Award winning ‪#‎harmonisers‬

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‪#‎StephenBowman‬ ‪#‎HumphreyBerney‬ ‪#‎OllieBaines‬ ‪#‎Concert‬

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Happy New Year 🎉
Here’s to more fun times and friendships in 2016 💗😊
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In Harmony with Blake

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I stumbled upon Stephen in February 2013. I was so impressed by his dedication and interaction with friends on Twitter, that I joined, followed and Liked everything Stephen/Blake I could find! I bought all of their Cd’s from Amazon.UK. I was so excited when I found a link to download a song from iTunes.Uk 🙂 Which I did! But then, I couldn’t “get” back home to USA on iTunes 😦 Nothing I clicked on worked. I asked Stephen for help in getting me back home! He sent me a link and told me what to do. It worked! He got me back home ❤
I have been helping run his Official Fan Club and I am ❦Blake Passion♪♫
My dream has been to meet them, hug them, see/hear them sing Live, talk (in person) to them ❤ I'm sure there will be laughter and tears(mine) I have promised I wouldn't stop breathing…yea right 😉
Doors to my dreams are wide open! Pledge Music has provided paths to reach my Passion ❤ I have pledged with my heart (not my wallet) and I will be In the Studio and having Afternoon Tea with Blake and meeting other friends ❤ that I have met online! …and Baking with Blake if it works out…?
I am #sohappy 🙂
Let's meet in London! After seeing Stephen's video update yesterday about the In Studio experience I am SO glad I signed up for that. There are but a few places left for it…You too can make your dreams come true.
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/blake2014/exclusives

#blake #thebandblake #stephenbowman #humphreyberney #iTunes #oliverbaines PledgeMusic #inharmony #dreams #UK #london #studio iTunes
Thank you Cynthia ❤ and Victoria ❤
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…if you’ve ever wondered what BLAKE Passion sounds and looks like…
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We love singing ‘God Only Knows’ by the Beach Boys

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Who wants to spend a few hours baking a cake with Stephen, Humphrey or Ollie???
There’s still time to sign up for the singing baker men !!!
http://www.pledgemusic.com/TheBandBlake
Brit-Award-winning harmony group BLAKE are soon to have a ‘Great British Blake Off’ with their friends & fans, so Stephen gives some eggcellent advice in advance, for all budding bakers! Enjoy!

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Blake Radio Flash August 2014
A 3 hour window with BLAKE and Rachelle Ann Go
Hope the Internet is smiling tomorrow 🙂

Listen LIVE to BLAKE and Rachelle Ann Go singing and chatting on BBC London 94.9 with DJ Gaby Roslin tomorrow – The show starts at 3pm and we’re on throughout the 3 hours. You’ll even get to hear our duet single ‘Falling Slowly’, exclusive first listen!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p012w66z

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Blake: Earlier we were proudly standing in the pouring rain by Tower Bridge, surrounded by the Military Wives choir, war veterans and the SSAFA military charity, singing ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’. Want to watch the official music video? Visit here: http://www.ssafa.org.uk/
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Looking handsome, @TheBandBlake singing for @SSAFA. The rain doesn’t stop them!
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SSAFA Choir in Potters Fields sing Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag


Blake singing in the rain for charity♥ August 10, 2014

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Thank you Gaby ♥ and ♥ Blake ♥ and Rachelle Ann Go ♥
Listen again http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p012w66z

Blake Autumn Tour 2014
Reserve your seat now for the best show this fall♥
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Our biggest UK tour yet starts this September, with some awesome venues in Greater London and around the country. We’ll be performing lots of songs from our new album too, so please do support us boys and book early: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Blake-tickets/artist/719007

#blake #exclusive #inharmony #stephenbowman #humphreyberney #oliverbaines #thebandblake #officialstephenbowmanfanclub #blakepassion #swissdivawordpress #calendar
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Bake with me or Blake ??? 😉
Just took mine out of the oven 😀
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Union Chapel
See BLAKE in this magnificent venue…which is actually a working Church, an award winning venue and a centre for homeless in London.
http://www.unionchapel.org.uk/
Union Chapel – London’s Favourtie Venue 2014


*Blake: Are you a Londoner? Want to see BLAKE in their biggest London show of 2014, in a stunning 1000 seat venue? On November 22nd we will play Union Chapel, Islington. Tickets available here: http://store.unionchapel.org.uk/events/22-nov-14-blake-in-harmony-union-chapel/ *

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Inconnu
The boys from BLAKE recording their parts for the album. A great day working with them and a privilege to have them involved with our project for Walking With The Wounded.
You can support the project as well through the Inconnu Roll of Honour at http://www.inconnu.co.uk/roh . Show your respect for a friend or family member, past or present, and preserve their name forever. Your support will also include a free download of the album when released.
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Award Winning Vocalists Blake to Perform with Rachelle Ann Go at THE PHILIPPINE DREAM …Tonight !!! 7:30pm
BRIT-Award winning vocalists BLAKE have joined the line-up of artists set to perform at THE PHILIPPINE DREAM – a one-off Gala at the Leicester Square Theatre this Sunday (17 August)2014 to raise money for abandoned and neglected orphans in Manila.

BLAKE will duet with Filipino pop star Rachelle Ann Go, who is currently appearing as Gigi in Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre. They have previously performed together in the Philippines, and have recorded a duet for BLAKE’s forthcoming studio album, In Harmony,(available here http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/blake2014 ) which will accompany their 20-date UK tour, launching in September.

THE PHILIPPINE DREAM Leicester Square Theatre Sunday 17 August 2014 7.30pm
Book tickets: http://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873517339/events

http://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/Award-Winning-Vocalists-Blake-to-Perform-with-Rachelle-Ann-Go-at-THE-PHILIPPINE-DREAM-Charity-Cabaret-20140812#.U-_1Z2MfIyg
When we were last in the Philippines we had the honour of being sung to by a huge choir of orphans in Manila. Tonight we’re proud to be raising funds for these children & all their companions, with a show at the Leicester Square theatre. If you have a chance, come! Lots of big stars!

Thanks for sharing your voices and giving your time helping others♥

BLAKE: “Are you a fan of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing? Well here’s the latest ‘new 4th member’ to throw his hat into the ring, none other than Sir Anton du Beke himself. He has a superb voice!”
Great event tonight, raising funds for one of the most important charities in Manila helping street children change their lives. Joined by our new '4th member' Anton Du Beke,
Stephen Bowman: “Great event tonight, raising funds for one of the most important charities in Manila helping street children change their lives. Joined by our new ‘4th member’ Anton Du Beke, who has a great voice!:)”
Thank you Bonnie Britain @bonnie1408 ♥ for taking these lovely photos at The The Phillippine Dream …and for letting me share them 🙂
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Car Torque …. with musical trio Blake
by Matt Westcott
Updated on 6:06pm Monday 18th August 2014 in News

BRIT-Award winners Blake – Humphrey Berney, Stephen Bowman and Oliver Baines – are back with a refined new sound, new songs and their biggest UK tour yet.

Re-inspired by the trio harmonies of The Three Tenors, The Bee Gees, The Lettermen and Boyz-II-Men, Blake’s latest concert show entitled ‘In Harmony’ sees them combining classic songs from their first four award winning albums, with exclusive new songs from their upcoming fifth album ‘In Harmony’.

The boys are appearing at the Gala Theatre in Durham on September 19.
Tickets are £20.

For more details contact the Box Office on 0300 026 6600.

For more details about the boys visit http://www.blakeofficial.com


What was your first car?
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Humphrey Berney: A Mini Mayfair, above, which I kitted out to look like a Cooper, plus adding a new head. I loved that car – a legal go-kart. Cheap to run, full of character, racing seats, wheel and gear stick. Brilliant! RIP Monty.

Stephen Bowman: My first car was a white Vauxhall estate, with a diesel engine and over 185,000 miles. It cost my dad about £300 and the agreement was that once it died I could have a pretty car. The old girl refused to give in – in the end I drove it into a wall.

Oliver Baines: The first car I drove regularly was a hand-me-down Mitsubishi Shogun called Big Sid. It was nearly 18 when it came to me, so we were equals in that respect, but the poor old boy didn’t last long, and after wheezing and puffing his way along for a few more years, the head gasket finally blew outside my school gates – too much derision! He was retired on permanent loan to some friends in Scotland for farm work. I believe they paid us £50. A great way to learn about the pitfalls of old cars though!

How many times did it take to pass your test?

Humphrey: Twice. Outrageous! I failed on not entering a yellow hatched box when turning right. Second time, I had a great Scottish examiner. Monty the Mini was waiting when I finished and I drove straight to school. The girls were impressed!

Stephen: Aged 17, nothing in the world mattered more to me than passing my test, which is probably why it took me three attempts to reduce the nerves enough not to muck it up. My poor BSM instructor was pretty glad to see the back of me!

Oliver: I learned to drive at university with a man called Geoffrey who swore almost constantly. My lessons were thus highly amusing and extremely informative – alas I never recorded one of his rants. When I took my test, the examiner failed me for overtaking a lorry on the dual carriageway after the mile marker for my exit. This caused the most almighty argument between him and my instructor in the back seat, who – with multiple expletives – pointed out, that this was perfectly normal driving practice and something else about arses and elbows. Needless to say, this didn’t help.

Who would be your ideal fantasy passenger and where would you go?

Humphrey: Jenson button. I would get him to take me straight to McLaren so we could take lots of cars out on the track and get some tips. I love driving on the track. I’ve done quite a lot on motorbikes as well. Brilliant! If Jenson was not available then Stirling Moss – a true legend.
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Stephen: For the perfect car journey I’d want the company of a gorgeous lady with plenty of stories to tell, so it would have to be Joanna Lumley, above. Loved her ever since watching reruns of The Avengers when I was a kid. I’d drive her to Paris and back!

Oliver: I have this fantasy that one day I will be the passenger and Humphrey or Stephen will instead drive me around the country for thousands of miles… but this is wishful thinking I fear.

What is your dream car?

Humphrey: At the moment I have it – Triumph spitfire 1500 from 1980. It makes an awesome noise – great stainless steel exhaust – and people love it. I would love an AC Cobra. What a car! I find a lot of modern cars lack any character.

Stephen: When I was 23 and made some money, I bought my dream car – a 1981 DeLorean gullwing, an icon of motoring. To this day it’s the car that makes me smile the most. A close second is the 70s Lotus Esprit – I adore the purity of its lines.

Oliver: I will – one day – get hold of an Aston Martin V8 Vantage, below – 1980s one obviously, none of this new rubbish. I’m pretty sure I shouldn’t need a reason for this?
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How would you describe your driving style?

Humphrey: Confident but safe. Stopping distance is so important and I hate people who tail-gate – so dangerous. On a track I am aggressive, but really enjoy hitting the smooth racing lines. I hope to get my racing license soon.

Stephen: Day-to-day I actually ride a Honda sports bike as I get more of a thrill from two wheels than I do from four, plus I never get stuck in traffic. When I drive a car, I’m very cautious, especially with others inside. On the bike, it’s just me, so I have fun!

Oliver: London school of motoring. Meaning not scared to get about and use shortcuts. Actually my friends do all refer to the Ollie Baines school of motoring, but they don’t complain about getting from the West End to South West London in ten minutes.

Tell me one driving anecdote from your past?

Humphrey: We were recently invited to the Lotus test track where we drove the Exige S. An amazing car – perfectly balanced, stunningly quick and brilliant fun. I am a Norfolk boy so very proud of Lotus. The new Evora S is incredible. I borrowed one for a weekend and it really hurt when I had to give it back!
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Stephen: Eight years ago I polished up my DeLorean, above, and set off for Monaco, purely to park up in the main square and enjoy a cold beer in the summer evening sun. The car made it all the way there, no problems. It got more photos than all of the Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches which line up in front of the casino. It was great to upstage cars costing 20 times its price.

Oliver: We were once on tour in Denmark with a terrible rental MPV and a suicidal sat-nav. It took us up this precipice in the snow whereupon the road became impassable and I was forced to reverse for a mile-and-a-half on ice with half a wheel over the edge of this 100ft drop below. I was so concerned that it might go over the brink that I made the boys get out of the car and walk behind me with all of the luggage. To top it all off we were becoming late for a flight – the last before Christmas Day naturally – and therefore weren’t all that keen on missing it. This stress plus the cold sweat caused by the danger of the road meant that when I finally found a space to turn the car around and rejoin a main road, I completely forgot to drive on the right. I realised my mistake almost immediately when we saw the lights of an articulated lorry approaching on our side. I turned the wheel calmly to the right, hoping the boys hadn’t noticed my mistake. Nothing happened. I turned harder, still nothing. With a jolt I realised our wheels were stuck like a tram in the 10ins deep ice tracks caused by one of these same vast trucks currently bearing down on us at 60 mph. With a huge effort I yanked the wheel hard over and we bounced out of the ruts into a power slide to the opposite carriageway just as this behemoth thundered by, horn blasting, but apparently unaccustomed to using brakes of any kind. We made our plane. Just.

What are you listening to?

Humphrey: It depends. In my Triumph then nothing apart from the awesome exhaust note. In the Volvo a whole mix. Classical music works on a long journey and we travel a lot so it helps keep you relaxed.

Stephen: I’m a big fan of La Roux, below and have been waiting patiently for her follow-up album for quite some time. The first single off that album is called “Let Me Down Gently” and has become my 2014 ultimate driving anthem, it’s practically on repeat!

Oliver: All sorts, but a lot of Radio 4 to be honest, and old podcasts of Alistair Cooke’s ‘Letter From America’ are a current favourite.
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What do you drive now?

Humphrey: My Triumph and also a boring Volvo V40 – not very exciting, but perfect for London as I don’t mind when it’s scratched and bumped. You must have off-street parking if you have a nice car otherwise they get bumped, scratched or stolen! My Triumph is tucked away and the Volvo is not!

Stephen: I’m currently riding/driving a 2014 Honda CBR-600-F, which is basically a mixture of a sports bike and a touring bike. With me on top it has a power-to-weight ratio that shames many supercars, so I’m generally first off the lights, with a big smile!
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Oliver: I drive a 1970s MGB roadster, above, which I bought for peanuts when we first signed a record deal. I’ve restored it to its current state of beauty over seven years, and it is a total money pit! But I love every nut and bolt.
http://m.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/11389499.Car_Torque______with_musical_trio_Blake/
Blake In harmony Dreamcatcher
Weave your own BLAKE DreamCatcher

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Join us for a Virtual Blake In Harmony Show!!!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1470699399881931/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Blake Autumn Tour 2014 Virtual Flyer used for event
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What an honor and a pleasure it is helping ♥guys make their dreams come true♥
Stephen Bowman·
After 2 years of planning, 7 months of repertoire deliberation, 3 months of ‘discussions’ and 2 months of studio recording, our new BLAKE album is almost ready! PLEASE don’t wait for it to hit the shops, please pre-order a copy or two from Amazon today, here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MNZ78XC
Blake· Would you like to have YOUR name immortalised in our CD sleeve for the new album, or the name of someone you love? You can! Just click the below link and scroll down to pick “Your name in the credits” – http://www.PledgeMusic.com/TheBandBlake

Fly on the wall
Wouldn’t you have loved to be a fly on the wall when guys were recording this? I’m not sure but I think studios are kept very cool because of equipment…add them singing and we would simultaneously have goosebumps and hot flashes
YOU can be there whilst they are recording…
There are a few spaces left for their ‘In The Studio’ experience on PledgeMusic
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/blake2014

Blake: Hope you like this little teaser video of ‘Wicked Game’, off the upcoming album ‘In Harmony’ from BLAKE.


It’s available to order on Amazon.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MNZ78XC

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#goosebumps #tears #hotflashes

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………………..♪♫ Sung with Passion In Harmony ♪♫………………………
Blake
Check this out, the full track listing for our new album, the official cover image and photos from whilst we were making it! Please please help us by ordering it asap, here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MNZ78XC

Stephen Bowman
After 2 years of planning, 7 months of repertoire deliberation, 3 months of ‘discussions’ and 2 months of studio recording, our new BLAKE album is almost ready! PLEASE don’t wait for it to hit the shops, please pre-order a copy or two from Amazon today, here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MNZ78XC

Blake Passion
Pre-ordering In Harmony album from Amazon UK helps BLAKE in the UK Charts The more pre-orders = higher chart position for guys when album is released
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MNZ78XC

Pledging for In Harmony you can choose limited signed editions or not signed. Plus there are several marvelous experiences; YOUR name in the credits inside CD…be in the studio with guys…Bake a Cake with Blake…Backstage VIP M&G…Sing with Blake onstage and lots of cool stuff you can get; signed photos…signed calendar…receive a personal greeting card from guys…personal video performance…available for a short time!!!
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/blake2014

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Blake article supporting collage
Going to a concert /show is more than just buying a ticket to see someone sing/perform. Your ‘ticket’ means you are supporting the arts, artist, musicians, crew, venue, employees and local communities which include local choirs. BLAKE gives local choirs the opportunity to perform on stage with them! These choirs are children, young adults, or mature adults who enjoy singing and who work very hard learning the art of singing. The choirs who perform with Blake need to learn several songs so they can sing ‘with the band’.
This means lots of rehearsals … and lots of fun singing with and meeting Blake!!!
Sadly, this article shows what lack of support can do; Theatres Trust lists 33 historic theatres ‘at risk’
By Ian Youngs
Arts reporter, BBC News
http://t.co/5X1BpETpnp
So…Please support your local theatres!
Please continue supporting Blake and your local choirs
Ticketmaster United Kingdom
http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Blake-tickets/artist/719007
In Harmony on Amazon UK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Harmony-Blake/dp/B00MNZ78XC/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1408348086&sr=1-1&keywords=Blake+In+Harmony
PledgeMusic
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/blake2014

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Blake In Harmony Halleujah NYC Jan. 2014 screenshot
Get through your mid-week work blues and spend one, two or three evenings with the three guys of BLAKE and then close the week-end treating yourself to a lovely Sunday evening with Blake
BLAKE bring their new In Harmony Autumn Tour to;
Wycombe Swan Theatre Tuesday, September 23 at 7:30pm
Fairfield Halls Wednesday, September 24 at 7:30pm
Venue Cymru Thursday, September 25 , at 7:30pm
The Octagon Theatre Sunday, September 28 at 7:30pm
Brit-Award winning singers whose stunning harmonies and original fun banter have been entertaining audiences around the world.
Blake Events

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This is what happens when WE don't do as they ask
Heeelp me 😉 😛 🙂
Click and buy BLAKE ♪♫ In Harmony♪♫
Amazon UKUK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Harmony-Blake/dp/B00MNZ78XC/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1408348086&sr=1-1&keywords=Blake+In+Harmony
PledgeMusic http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/blake2014

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Union Chapel
Blake Passion
I am going to my first BLAKE concert at Union Chapel
https://www.facebook.com/events/344758382353741/?ref=22
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Wicked Game horses
A 2 minute clip from our cover of ‘Wicked Game’ from our new album ‘In Harmony’ – https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152847037755466
if you enjoy it, please order your copy on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/In-Harmony-Blake/dp/B00MNZ78XC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412041797&sr=8-1&keywords=blake+in+harmony
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A little surprise for our fans in South Korea, since +TheBandBlake travel there this December for a concert tour! Quite tricky for three English guys, here is the South Korean national anthem, harmonised!
Ahead of their debut concert tour trip to South Korea in December 2014, Brit-Award winning harmony group BLAKE try their best to sing the South Korean national anthem. Many apologies for the terrible pronunciation, it will improve!

#thebandblake #southkorea #nationalanthem 
Final Day of Pledging
Blake Passion
It’s almost over…hours are dwindling away………………………………
ACCESSPASS UPDATE 29 SEPTEMBER, 2014
Great news for everyone who ordered the new album on Pledge!
Good afternoon,
We have a very special surprise for everyone who pledged to receive BLAKE’s upcoming album ‘In Harmony’. Although we have moved the official release date of the new album to November 3rd, we are actually going to send all of our amazing pledgers their copies of the album on October 12th, nearly 3 weeks early! We will be officially bringing the Pledge campaign to a close on October 6th, so if you have any very last minute items you would also like to get hold of (you can still pledge to ‘Bake with Blake’!) now is the time! Thank you so much for all your fantastic support during the fundraising and making of our 5th album, we hope that you will have as much fun listening to it as we did making it over the last 6 months. With warm thanks to everyone, Stephen, Humphrey & Ollie
For last minute pledges, go to:
http://www.PledgeMusic.com/TheBandBlake

#InHarmony
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Published on Oct 6, 2014
All For One choir members from Leeds, Bradford, Hull, Beverley, Lincoln and Scunthorpe choirs. the members joined forces to sing with Blake following the band seeing clips of the choir on you Tube. we had a wonderful time. What a great experience for our members, for many this was their first ever



All For One Choir loves me ♥

All For One Choir shared a link.
Just some of the highlights from our appearance with BLAKE. Thank You to Blake, we had the time of our lives. We now also have Blake Passion Until next time, have a great tour. If you haven’t seen them yet, you are missing a treat.

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Ladies and gentleman, an exclusive first view of our upcoming album cover! Just 5 weeks till release
You know how it is when you have waited and waited and waited for something … then one day you wake up and there it is. The finished project. #InHarmony. You can’t help but feel a twinge of trepidation …what if there is something I do not like? You have conjured up so many ideas, thoughts, hopes and???
You click the download link and wait. You click play … and then, as you listen to each new song, a sense of ‘calmness’ comes over you, filling you with Stephen, Humphrey and Ollie’s beautiful, exciting, pure ‘In Harmony’ voices
I love it ♥ Blake has made us the perfect album.
This is ♥BLAKE♥♥

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The Prayer duet
Blake Passion
The Prayer is such a beautiful and powerful song that
Rebecca Newman and BLAKE included their duet on new albums;
♥Dare To Dream and In Harmony♥
BBCRadio2 played it on air…have a listen

Get yours here:
#DareToDream http://www.rebeccanewman.co.uk/shop/
#InHarmony http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MNZ78XC
Two Must-Have albums!!

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Countdown to my first Blake concert
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Great, funny chat with guys 🙂
I LOVE ♥Forever♥

Interview with the Blake on 93.7 Express FM before their National tour
Darren Gamblen (@dazzlergamblen )
10/16/14, 11:21 AM
Great interview with @TheBandBlake https://soundcloud.com/dazzler-gamblen/blake …hope you enjoy :))

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Dream A Little Dream and an Awe-some-ness-ly long chat with guys
Voice of Russia UK
http://voiceofrussia.com/uk/news/2014_10_24/Blake-Our-audiences-are-very-respectful-1272/
My Pledge to Blake
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Blake Passion shared Stephen Bowman’s status.
What a distinguished honor The Alan Titchmarsh Show has bestowed upon ♥ BLAKE ♥
#FieldsofGold
#InHarmony
Show with Blake airs on Thursday, 30th at 3pm. #ITV They’ll be singing ‘Fields of Gold’ and chatting to Alan about upcoming finale concert of 2014 at Union Chapel in London on November 22nd!
“8 years ago we BLAKE boys started our tv singing career on ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh show – today we were honoured to be final music act of the final series. Alan is a rare gentleman in showbiz, we’ll miss his show greatly!”
Ladies and gentleman, an exclusive first view of our upcoming album cover! Just 5 weeks till release
Blake – In Harmony album review

Posted on November 2, 2014 By Carys Jones

Record Company: Absolute via Universal/Music Infinity.

Release Date: November 3, 2014
1. You Needed Me
2. Love Me Tender
3. To Love Somebody
4. Wicked Game
5. Dream A Little Dream Of Me
6. Fields of Gold
7. Forever
8. You Raise Me Up, with Camilla Kerslake and The Sing To Beat Breast Cancer Choir
9. Say That You Love Me
10. Falling Slowly, with Rachelle Ann Go
11. The Prayer, with Rebecca Newman
12. The Right Words
13. Waiting
14. Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel)

We love Blake and are pleased that they’ve got a shiny new album for us to listen to. Blake always make us feel happy, in that Notting Hill meets Love Actually kind of way, there’s something warm and comforting about them and there’s something of a rom-com vibe about them. They give out the vibe that romantic, English gentlemen are ten a penny and they make your day all that bit more joyful. We had a glimpse of them performing some of the songs on this album live at the Mandarin Oriental last week and it made us look forward to hearing their latest album.

This is their first album release as a three piece band, following Jules Knight’s departure to pursue his acting career. We are pleased that this has not affected how they sound at all and their slick harmonies remain intact and slick, with their voices seeming to have matured even further. Perhaps they felt as if they had to work harder to make a three piece work, but whatever their magic formula is, they have sprinkled is all over the album, which is glossy and lovely.

There are a generous fourteen songs on the album, featuring some interesting cover choices and seeing several guest singers, which adds a lot of variety. Blake sound fantastic from the off, with You Needed Me showing their classically trained voices to perfection. Love Me Tender is an interesting choice, they give the song a romantic and slow ballad feel, we’re still picturing Humphrey singing this with a quivering lip, but we’re not sure they will add Elvis’ moves to their live performances! Wicked Game is genuinely passionate and they sound fantastic on the track, which is a perfect choice of song for them. They give Sting’s Fields of Gold their own spin, giving it a bit of polish and it’s one of those raise your lighters in the air moments and sway along, hug your loved one type of track.

Song after song, this album generates warmth and we love how different is it yet again to their previous album releases. The different female voices heard on the album give this album something new. You Raise Me Up features the angelic voice of Camilla Kerslake, along with the voices of The Sing to Beat Breast Cancer Choir and altogether, it’s a stunning song and their voices are all so powerful, they sound as if they are battling against each other for airspace, but each blending together so well, it’s a very powerful combination and we love it. Falling Slowly featuring Rachelle Ann Go is a strong love duet, sounding like something out of a Disney movie, if it were on screen, we could imagine the song covered in glitter, with the Princess dashing out to find her Prince Charming. The Prayer featuring Rebecca Newman has many twists and turns, starting out in English, before we heard their classically trained and operatic moments coming out to the fore. Rebecca’s voice hits so many beautiful notes that only certain soprano’s can carry off and again, this is stunning to listen to.

The Right Words has strong instrumental growth and Blake’s harmonies hit the strings at the precise moment required, showing their musicality and their strength as such accurate singers. Waiting is very deep in sound and sounds a bit like some of the songs from Blake’s earlier albums, it’s a very romantic sound. To add to their charm and distinct gentlemen style, they close off the album with Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel). This song has a lot of tender moments and it’s a bit of a weepy, as it’s quite emotional and hits you in the heart.

In Harmony is another sterling effort from Blake, classy, beautiful and hearing their talent plastered across another album in a world of auto-tune and certain people selling records with the help of controversy, or because of which celebrity they’re stepping or hanging out with, hearing this album is a joy to the ears! Now, where did we put the remote, time to switch on a rom-com and get cosy, or maybe we’ll just hit play on the album and sit here and listen to it all over again, feeling all that bit more happier inside.

★★★★

Blake, Camilla Kerslake, In Harmony, Rachelle Ann Go, Rebecca Newman, The Sing to Beat Breast Cancer Choir
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Ladies and gentleman ✨Continuing Congratulations & Success 😊❤️
♥Continuing Congratulations & Success …
BLAKE 11/6/14
With unexpected joy our newest album #InHarmony has officially entered the top 100 chart in the UK! Got your copy?
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My Amazon review for #InHarmony
Blake’s fifth studio album is their first as a trio. Finding ‘The Right Words’ can be difficult sometimes when trying to say why you love something. However, I have been ‘Waiting’ and anticipating Blake’s new album “In Harmony” for …
what seems like ‘Forever’ !!! Which is my favorite song on album. ‘Forever’ starts off with a soft, smooth melody flowing gently….then the chorus comes in like a whirlwind! Their voices all singing as one … but are really layers upon layers of their beautiful voices dovetailing In Harmony.
You can hear and feel their heart, soul and passion in each song.
‘The Prayer’ with Rebecca Newman, ‘You Raise Me Up’ with Camilla Kerslake and ‘Falling Slowly’ with Rachelle Ann Go just adds another dimension to their singing talents.
This is an album, simply superb. I have not had it long, yet I will be listening to In Harmony ‘Forever’
I have bought several copies to “Share it Forward” and for singing gifts. There is a song for everyone on this album!
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♥You and your music fill our hearts♥♥
…The New BLAKE CD is out!
Order your copy of #InHarmony today…
Your fine taste in music and kind support for BLAKE mean a great deal to us!
We are delighted to announce the brand new BLAKE album ‘In Harmony’ has been released this week! Available from iTunes Amazon UK and in #HMV highstreet stores. The album has already made it into the Top 100 album chart this week, after a number of TV & radio appearances including last week’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show performance of ‘Fields of Gold’ (you can watch it by clicking here: http://youtu.be/zN9QxkioF3Y
If you would like to receive a copy of the album, or even a couple of CD’s for #Christmas presents, we recommend ordering on Amazon. Simply click the link below to order your copy:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MNZ78XC
Having listened to what their fans enjoyed most about their previous 4 albums, the BLAKE boys created this 14 song collection over 2 years whilst touring the world as a trio. The repertoire collection is their most eclectic yet but draws directly on the classical, musical and popular harmony singing roots which they’re so known for. Alongside their voices are a mixture of full orchestra, string sections, world class guitarists, pianists and 3 guest duet partners, including Miss Saigon’s Rachelle Ann Go, Brit Award nominee Camilla Kerslake and Classical No.1 Rebecca Newman. The producer of this album was none other than Andrew Powell, the producer of Kate Bush’s iconic albums and more recently the bestselling #ILDIVO albums.
Thank you again for your support for BLAKE. The boys are an independent band on their own record label, without the help of a major record corporation or a #SimonCowell, so every CD purchased and every live concert ticket obtained, makes a massive difference to their continued career as artists. They really value your support and really hope you enjoy this album.
If you would like to see the boys live in concert, in London, before the end of the year, they will be giving their big finale concert at Union Chapel in Islington, on November 22nd at 7:30pm. Tickets are available via this link – http://store.unionchapel.org.uk/events/22-nov-14-blake-in-harmony-union-chapel/
It’s going to be a big night! Hope to see lots of you there!
With warm thanks,
The BLAKE team…

I can not wait to see YOU, #Blake there!!!

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BBCRadio2 Chorister of Year 2014 air date Nov 13 for video
St Paul’s Cathedral Taped Oct 31, 2014
BBC Radio2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04m4jtb
Blake and Rebecca sing ‘Amazing Grace’
Blake sings ‘Fields of Gold’ from their newly released album, In Harmony. available from AmazonUK http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MNZ78XC
Blake and choristers sing ‘ Make Me Your Channel of Peace
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For those of you who missed us singing ‘The Prayer’ with Rebecca Newman on BBC1 earlier, here is the clip. Songs of Praise TV
If you enjoy it, please do share it and remember the song is on our new album ‘In Harmony’ available here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MNZ78XC

Stephen Bowman·
Please share this video with all your friends for me, it’s our first major BBC1 tv performance as a trio and I’m really rather proud of it; well done Rebecca too!

Published on Nov 16, 2014
BRIT-award winning trio BLAKE appear on BBC Songs of Praise with soprano Rebecca Newman to sing The Prayer, as featured on their new album ‘In Harmony’ available here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MNZ78XC