Blake Journeys to Taipei

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

#taipei101 #fastestlift #taipei101tower #lift

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

Sherrill Klaus  ❤️ You are a beautiful inspiration to all ❤️

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

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

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

Such beautiful scenery and exotic foods ☺️

Lovely tea location and a beautiful gift

Tonight is their #BIG show!!! ❤️🎶😊

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

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

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

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

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

blakepassion The world is your Home Away from Home❤️😊

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

 

 

 

 

 

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…!

The Choir Factor ·

Why join The Choir Factor?????

How about the personal touch? We know absolutely EVERYBODY’s full name…..does YOUR choir leader?????

We know EVERYBODY’S capabilities and sound ….does YOUR choir leader??????

We give EVERYBODY a chance to shine…does YOUR choir leader?????

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

Please like and share to all these questions….. You’ll go further with us….. Does YOUR choir leader say that?????

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

Come and join US….. You’ll have ‘yeses’ to ALL these questions and more without fail….

Keeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep sharing!

Thank you for your time

Xxxxxxxxx

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

Proud TweetsTwitter Bird Front Emoticon

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

🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼

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 

🎼🎄🎁 🎼🎄🎁🎼🎄🎁

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

💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖

 

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

🎼⭐️🎼⭐️🎼⭐️🎼⭐️🎼⭐️🎼⭐️🎼⭐️🎼⭐️🎼⭐️🎼⭐️

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!

https://www.facebook.com/AFOWestYorkshire

Blake loved having you on stage with them tonight ♥

Thank you for a brilliant show tonight at , and . X

Strong finish to a great show – tonight seen here with members of

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

🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼

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
https://www.facebook.com/thebandblake/videos/10155124379890466/ bandicam-2017-02-28-22-29-12-462

“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

🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼

Saturday
February 25th

17022244_10158433697775045_4625446589157142164_nWhat a great night singing with the marvellous Blake and MD Martin Riley on Saturday, great audience, lots of wonderful singing, great chat, convivial brekkers and walk to the expanse of Camber the next day……..how much fun is it to be part of the Wall Of Sound? Thank you for the welcome at the Hippodrome. Do come and join us, rehearsals in London and Rye start back next week. If you would like to be part of our very welcoming ensemble please ring Sandra on 07533 207003.
BLAKE🎶
Martin Riley🎹
Wall of Sound Singing EnsembleSandra Scott Singing Studios🎼
The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne
#SongsOfStageAndScreen

14040196_10153651399872540_8849998935695421751_n-6-18-16
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

the-choir-factor-may-2016

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

bandicam-2016-12-16-12-51-37-214

blake-choir-lowther-12-16-16

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

dpa-choir

🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼

#FestiveFriday
#Christmas with BLAKE
The fabulous The Choir Factor#choirthe-choir-factor-may-2016 will be joining #Blake on stage again  
The Palace Theatre Redditch 15094416_1265316443525315_3702942750780820025_nJoin Brit award winning vocalists BLAKE for their celebrated Christmas show
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

🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼

#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?
Blake’s Blog
bandicam-2016-11-07-18-58-35-528

****************************************************************

bandicam-2016-11-18-11-00-07-016

15037240_1313495342002766_5218046911209906105_n15094405_1313495335336100_3895745879607173903_n15107207_1313495358669431_5742044556943243142_n Exciting evening with Blake!!!

bandicam-2016-11-18-11-05-21-205

Taunton Prep School Choir will be joining Blake at the Brewhouse on Sunday, November 13, 2016

taunton-pep-school-choir taunton-school-prep-choir

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

************************************************************

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
BLAKE
Rebecca Newman
‪#‎Trent‬ NSPCC
Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance
Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT)
Ruddington Community Choir

13239172_1062932497111483_8097839158831746817_n
Blake’s Blog http://wp.me/p728vq-1p

Best of British collage
‪#‎Blake‬ ‪#‎RebeccaNewman‬ ‪#‎Harmony‬ ‪#‎Singers‬ ‪#‎Picnic‬ ‪#‎Fireworks‬ ‪#‎Music‬‪#‎WordPress‬ ‪#‎Blog‬ ‪#‎choir‬

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.

A Handful of Harmonies

13423900_10208227605082170_1806305107530753576_nSam Mackey HandfulofHarmonies June 11, 2016 June 11, 2016

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 !!!

🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼

Such a wonderful children’s choir 🎼😊❤

Blake June 6, 2016 Glenda Hill Glenda Hill Theatreworks  Blake 06/06/16 ❤️

Rock Festival Choir ·June 4, 2016

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.

June 6, 2016 Shawbury Mil June 3, 2016 Shawbury

🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼

13344514_10154347368715466_4105798661948850981_n

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

bandicam 2016-05-28 19-03-00-812

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/

13254021_1177971988902174_3465901324463360964_n #Soundchecking

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!

 

13256060_1177969372235769_1817033391909607408_n more photos at https://www.facebook.com/TheChoirFactor/

13310371_1178049088894464_8265331201086785796_n May 27, 2016

#Blake#boysontour#singing#concert#show#birmingham

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

Making more memories 🎼💖

12347931_1064827926883248_3513448051001609495_n11218890_1038129362886438_716331066154708621_n12096047_1038129389553102_3156334227738713648_n

 

It’s #Showtime!!!

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

bandicam 2016-05-08 18-31-30-911click for more!

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

bandicam 2016-05-08 18-30-22-507

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

bandicam 2016-05-08 18-09-59-326click photos for morebandicam 2016-05-08 18-23-50-113

😊🎼😊😊🎼😊😊🎼😊😊🎼😊😊🎼😊😊🎼😊😊🎼😊

😊🎼😊😊🎼😊😊🎼😊😊🎼😊😊🎼😊😊🎼😊

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

😊🎼😊😊🎼😊😊🎼😊😊🎼😊😊🎼😊😊🎼😊😊🎼😊

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

😊🎼😊😊🎼😊😊🎼😊😊🎼😊😊🎼😊

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

😊🎼😊😊🎼😊😊🎼😊😊🎼😊

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

12743782_10154055298755466_4751505725508739947_n

BLAKE

Monday 26th September at 7.30pm

Blake

🎶🎶 🎶🎶🎶 🎶🎶🎶 🎶🎶🎶 🎶🎶🎶 🎶🎶🎶 🎶🎶🎶 🎶

March  2016

12794528_1004493569643460_8340915706613624642_n

12814760_1004493562976794_3884999163372245898_n

12821599_10153988098923276_8434323836450742928_n

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

Blake Kings Hall with Landmark Choir from Gary Cordes          12801216_1006064412819709_5998389150288761479_n

12799113_1006064389486378_4200139619178699334_n 12814809_1006064402819710_4936706992462398331_n

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😊

for blog video

Thanks to Robert Ward for magnificent video and fantastic photos!

12814336_561124977386378_4822544778538317954_nClick to see more photos! Please don’t share photos without permission. Thanks ☺

Landmark Show Choir  https://www.facebook.com/LandmarkShowChoir/?fref=ts         Terravoces   https://www.facebook.com/tvoces/?fref=ts                                                         The King’s Hall    https://www.facebook.com/thekingshall/?fref=ts

bandicam 2016-03-06 22-24-55-428

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

bandicam 2016-03-06 21-52-33-329

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.”

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

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.

bandicam 2016-01-31 19-08-39-248

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

YouTube video

Ollie’s Place

 

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

🎹🎷🎺😊🎹🎷🎺😊🎹🎷🎺😊

ollie-2009 What a face!!! 😁🙃😍

 

ollie-in-harmony

Happy Birthday Ollie
We love you lots 🎂🍨🍸🍹🎄🎶🎁💖
God Only Knows what “we’d” be without you Ollie

 

on-ollies-birthday

We're So happy You Are Here!!!

Caption THIS photo 😉😊❓😄Geoff Burnett funny Geoff Burnett

ollie b

Beautiful beginning for the month of June

June 2016

Mmm…oh to be a straight razor 😉

IMG_2052[1]

IMG_2054[1]

IMG_2055[1]

Ollie having a moment with Dame Shirley Bassey

Ollie with Dame Shirley
‪#‎SoHappy‬ ‪#‎Smiles‬

Such an emotional and passionate singer 💖😊
10629793_734721506614954_8325738648857994497_n

Me and Ollie

Hello Mr.@OllieBaines
#OlliesPlace #Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OllieBainesPlace/
#Wordpress https://blakepassion.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/ollies-place/
#BlakeBlog

10314734_281619285347819_3856860927527641867_n

 

for Ollie's Blog

Fun 😊Behind-the-scenes of I-Supermodel video shoot!
https://blakepassion.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/blake-on-chinese-tv-2016/

bandicam 2016-01-18 12-01-45-068
BLAKE ‪#‎Chinese‬ ‪#‎TV‬ ‪#‎Video‬ ‪#‎Supermodel‬ ‪#‎BlakeBlog‬

https://www.facebook.com/OllieBainesPlace/

 

Save

Save

Humphrey’s Crib

#HumphreyBerney performs at Holt Festival
with #JoannaForest and #JamesSherlock
www.holtfestival.org

 

 

Slumberland

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

13173879_10153443043521533_8918784416890507988_n

JS84020646

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 .

http://www.southportvisiter.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/vocal-group-blake-first-trip-11009356

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/

 

11811383_1022461141111793_2480671217334939561_n

bandicam 2016-02-21 11-29-10-151

bandicam 2016-02-20 21-38-07-242

Slumberland on iTunes   https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/slumberland/id1045467021

bandicam 2016-02-20 11-40-07-953

The Baby Show

12548853_1032203323492999_2076772597175471655_n

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.

🎼👶🎼👶🎼👶🎼👶🎼👶🎼👶🎼👶

slumberland is go! 1st show so let’s see. Stand A47. Warming the vocals 4 later

CbkYDupUEAAvP7q

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  

bandicam 2016-02-19 10-39-42-535

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.

20685239271_06845c6965_o (2)

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.

bandicam 2015-10-08 20-59-05-953a

http://www.welcometoslumberland.com/

https://www.instagram.com/slumberlandthealbum/

“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.

Dream Christmas

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

http://www.norfolkmag.co.uk/people/dream_christmas_1_4349308

🎼👶🎼👶🎼👶🎼👶🎼👶🎼👶🎼👶

for Humphrey's Crib

Stephen’s Garage

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

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

🚦🚥🚧⚠️😊🚦🚥🚧⚠️😊🚦🚥🚧⚠️😊

nov-262016

and he’s dressing up his garage 😍 16640804_10154156418051533_5180092956610289270_n-edited

An electronic music genre indigenous to London. Characteristic of having deep bass lines and incredibly paced and sometimes incomprehensible ragga style emceeing.
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…
bandicam-2017-02-06-22-17-42-717
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
Here he’s swimming with a blue whale🐳 16427781_10154125283261533_2042892850594253594_n
“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

16114379_10154061641531533_3044302626436890809_nVelvet Underworld January 14, 2017 Angelady Club

…and soon he will be entering the ‘Creatures of the Underworld’ creatures-of-the-underworld

crystal-maze After ‘The Crystal Maze’ he was exhausted but exhilarated 🙂

16106025_10154054925016533_4378171928448201287_nBack to school for him! Learning to be a Pro Studio Producer

his-fav-snackHis secret healthy snack!

New Year 2017 New Look for Stephen

shaved-jan-6-2017 shaven-and-unshaven

sb-photoshoot-hellomaguk-dec-15-2016-framed Stephen is suited and booted for photoshoot for Hello Magazine UK  December 15, 2016

Then it’s off to The Grand in Clitheroe to sing a few Christmas carols 🎄🎶

But, first a delicious snack! 15380491_10153979465936533_8542325125378525151_n

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

forgive-me-lord-for-i-have-sinned-coveting-another-mans-motor-love-the-635-sad

Stephen on ice ⛸ #itsgoodtohavedreams

bandicam-2016-11-18-19-27-33-722

*******************************************************

bandicam-2016-10-19-18-03-35-410Stephen did a Live FB video on October 19, 2016

*********************************************************

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 “

bandicam-2016-10-18-15-30-02-576

cvd573_xgaau27p   14680610_10153832796221533_8150422130141913750_n

*********************************************************

stephenbowmanblake Headed to the House of Lords for a @the_bhf drinks reception. #bhf #charity #houseoflords#bigben #westminster

mine

14595577_10153781556786533_5256866559350095996_nWith the lovely Kitty, Daniel and Erica, fellow committee members for the wonderful Roll Out The Red ball which we helped out with for the British Heart Foundation. Last night at the House of Lords. Go team 🙂 — at House of Lords.

bandicam-2016-11-03-17-16-23-986stephenbowmanblake Since it’s a night for @the_bhf the red tie seemed appropriate 🙂 #suitandtie #skinnytie#threepiece #red #fun #charity#reception

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`

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

bandicam-2016-09-29-18-43-30-196

Stephen performed 4 songs (solo) that evening ♥

bandicam-2016-09-29-18-42-03-230

13906866_10153635828156533_6163149618169872856_n Cats in the wild 😺

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

SB framed CpWDqf0WgAAQdFt

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

bandicam 2016-07-31 21-6-27-557 one of our many sudden storms!

 

Oh my  🙂

“I found a ‪#‎Pokemon‬ in my lounge! Needless to say, little Pidgeotto’s in my collection 🙂 13754296_10153587369606533_2052581890946674429_n  ‪#‎pokemongo‬ ‪#‎refusetogrowup‬

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

bandicam 2016-07-18 11-05-12-943

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!

bandicam 2016-07-07 11-16-43-081  

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

13532853_10157236367850121_4484794819841204294_n Polishing his Jag 😊

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

 

bandicam 2016-07-01 11-25-29-755 Stephen Bowman · Always getting messages asking about my VR (virtual reality) toys, so I thought I’d make you a video. You can tell it’s my passion huh? 🙂

stephenbowmanblake Slowly getting used to the painful miles-per-gallon on our XK8. Oh for USA fuel prices 🙂 13466475_10153518428041533_4053016927751518950_n

#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 🙂

bandicam 2016-06-02 21-31-10-190 cross between motorcycle and jet ski.

 

He’s found more toys in Dubai!!! bandicam 2016-05-26 11-10-39-453https://www.instagram.com/p/BF3MHA4uyS8/?taken-by=stephenbowmanblake

Every garage needs a loo 🙂

13268368_10153471644596533_3848817674282958814_o

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

bandicam 2016-05-24 10-31-21-215

‪#‎Dubai‬ ‪#‎Desert‬ ‪#‎Safari‬ ‪#‎Jeep‬

He’s ‘working’ hard in his garage  😉bandicam 2016-05-22 13-03-08-798

13220935_10153462043431533_7976314346776224089_nstephenbowmanblakeLinked up with BMW to promote our huge outdoor concert at Bedford Park, tough 😉 #bmw #bmwi8#toughlife #boystoys #carporn #mynextcar#inmydreams

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

 

😊His garage now has a new addition! 13139346_10153426389681533_1992519503799150502_n

…and HE does look awesome ❤

13083330_10153422661881533_2283342747322052320_nHe’s writing a new song 😊 Hope we get to hear it soon 🎹💖🎼

This would look awesome in garage 😊bandicam 2016-04-28 17-47-24-402

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.

With Jess Conrad at his 80th birthday. This chap truly defines ‘Matinee Idol’ 😊 Really grounded guy, good sense of humour! 13062303_10153409613096533_6925998931669669659_n

#‎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/

bandicam 2015-10-28 19-20-58-721a

 

bandicam 2016-04-12 10-59-14-626

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💖

12963478_10153384583886533_6212838377990818431_n
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!

5674_10153330265196533_1744554504598859132_n It would look really good in your garage Stephen 😉😛

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!

bandicam 2016-03-19 12-20-40-980

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

I hope he’s not car-shopping 😛1620759_10153325333256533_3243482185175525557_n

Austin, Texas may have run out of steak 😉

1557625_10153325062386533_7206943199029899491_n

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

bandicam 2016-03-18 12-44-20-559

Say hello to my adopted pooch for the week, the gorgeous Nancy, ain’t she perty!      bandicam 2016-03-18 19-56-03-336

10526164_10153319984556533_6345382721110452731_nA little Austin culture for us 😊

944026_10153320074911533_2022234219645383119_n

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).

Running out of wristband space –                                                            #firstworldproblems #sxsw2016bandicam 2016-03-14 22-35-46-734

bandicam 2016-03-14 22-35-16-127Chilling on the VIP terrace of the #spotifyhouse at #sxsw – it is HOT today!!

3386_10153314224941533_7582441680872150318_nAmerican Steak ‘N Chips

bandicam 2016-03-14 22-36-38-828Having an awesome time at #sxsw festival – Got to watch a live show by #sia tonight!

12814010_10153313348436533_7298369612542745372_n“Whirlwind Sunday in Texas, bike trekking, rodeo rampaging & cowboy hat a’wearin! Great friends taking good care of me 😊”3-13-16

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!”

74956_10153312763351533_4506038256864768603_n

Home

12814706_10153308048106533_4959596434569952641_nFun day at ‘work’

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 💖

Stephen bad boy#‎Stephen Bowman‬ of BLAKE

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

Be safe Stephen 💖☺12821398_477261652473610_7797886243833442688_n

10530805_734721343281637_2952212117961148729_n Singing his heart out for us 🎶

…and he keeps on giving♥

bandicam 2016-03-02 10-45-48-773

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
01 March 2016bandicam 2016-03-01 15-43-36-026

… 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 💖

19394_10205136985018600_529997362827619204_n

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.”

12742507_10153410811756334_725260506899228653_n
New year, new glasses! Square’s out, round’s in 😊 Bespoke from @tdtomdavies – Perfect for stage, song writing & tutoring!

12321663_10153270850671533_496159232969016264_n

🎼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 ☺”

12745497_10153269405616533_8814902944168041988_n

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

bandicam 2015-06-18 22-10-47-062s1186912_10153266862981533_5270198012105731163_n

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.

bandicam 2016-02-21 15-03-12-071

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’.

photo strip

📷😊💖📷😊💖📷😊💖📷😊💖📷😊💖📷😊💖📷

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

Blakestephen.jpg

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.

Posted: May 11, 2015   http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Stephen-Bowman-award-winning-classical-man-band/story-26470374-detail/story.html#1

😊💖😊💖😊💖😊💖😊💖😊💖😊💖😊💖😊💖

10463029_10205610993628519_9040858630752307870_n

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!

del

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!

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/features/motoring/cartorque/11389499.Car_Torque______with_musical_trio_Blake/  🚦🚥⚠🚧⛽😊❤💗🚦🚥⚠🚧⛽😊❤💗🚦🚥⚠🚧⛽

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!

bandicam 2016-02-06 10-31-17-553

Mr. February 2016

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

bandicam 2016-02-02 22-40-45-694

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

bandicam 2016-02-02 22-42-12-532

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!

CZ17lxDUcAEmPeF

Our adorable snowman on his last day of skiing holiday…

940942_10153215957026533_2972856586145075184_n

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 😉

12509526_10153212699136533_933502800242094582_n

bandicam 2016-01-20 18-01-08-498 edit

bandicam 2016-01-20 18-01-42-666 edit

12548887_10153209830136533_7368831068559337195_n

 

12523119_10153209638866533_289038932678827270_n bandicam 2016-01-20 18-01-30-299 edit

Starting the 2016 New Year in China

12213_10153187301486533_3837905842010952187_n

12552512_10153201109551533_3930926926732941691_n

12552734_10153197684996533_3587825071799500579_n

https://www.instagram.com/stephenbowmanblake/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/436722849681877/

“Your body is the garage where you park your soul” Wayne Dyer

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Christmas with Friends

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

post 1-122-16 for Instagram

Sherrill Klaus
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!
BLAKE Blake Passion The Royal Hippodrome Friends Jo Scott The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne ‪#‎HumphreyBerney‬ ‪#‎OliverBaines‬ Ollie’s Place ‪#‎StephenBowman‬ The Official Stephen Bowman Fan Club The BIG Sing Thomas Spencer Fan Page Suzi Musselll and Paula A Fesche-Strelczak
Carol Burnett


PicMonkey Collage edited and smaller

#‎UK‬ December 2015