Monday 20th October 2014
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Brit-Award winners BLAKE are back and better than ever, with a refined new sound, new songs and their biggest UK tour yet. Re-inspired by the enduring trio harmonies of The Three Tenors, The Bee Gees, The Lettermen & Boyz-II-Men, BLAKE’s latest concert show entitled ‘In Harmony’ sees them combining classic songs from their first four award winning albums, with exclusive new songs from their upcoming 5th album ‘In Harmony’ released 20th October. Musicals, pop and classical songs collide in the groups’ most eclectic stage spectacular yet, accompanied by great musicians and impressive video projections!
Returning from summer tours to the United States, Russia, Eastern Europe, South Africa & Asia, we expect their famous and hilarious rat-pack banter with the audience to feature some fascinating new stories! Supporting this tour as special guest artist will be the beautiful Brit-Award-nominated soprano Camilla Kerslake, performing her own spellbinding songs and joining the boys for some breath-taking duets throughout the evening. Camilla has previously toured with classical superstar Andrea Bocelli and she also joined with BLAKE to headline the Brit Awards at the Royal Albert Hall.
Following on from previous years, BLAKE are once again searching the UK for talented local choirs to join them on stage as part of their ‘In Harmony’ tour. Over the last 5 years the group have been joined by more than 250 local choirs around the UK and overseas, in venues as far apart as Manchester, Moscow and Manila. Humphrey Berney says “We three guys got our musical starts in life through performing in choirs, so it’s been inspirational to see so many UK groups sending us their YouTube clips for consideration over the years. We look forward to welcoming 20 more talented groups of singers to our shows this Autumn”. Choirs simply need to email their latest videos to the BLAKE website and the chosen groups will perform alongside BLAKE on five big ensemble songs, as well as present their own solo song to the audience. Performers in past guest choirs for BLAKE’s shows have recently been seen attaining places at prestigious London music colleges and even taking star roles in West End shows. Ollie Baines says “We’re delighted that our campaign to get local choirs on professional stages results in new solo stars being found. Singing within a choir is the best way to build confidence as a vocalist. The UK should be proud of its choral heritage.”
Alongside their upcoming national tour, BLAKE are due to release their 5th studio album, also entitled ‘In Harmony’ on 20thOctober. Celebrating the unique mix of music enjoyed in the bands live shows, this CD draws from the worlds of classical, musicals and pop music, linked together with stunning trio harmony and lush acoustic backing. Three guest artists appear on this album, including Brit-Award nominee Camilla Kerslake, rising classical soprano Rebecca Newman and Filipino superstar Rachelle Ann Go, who is currently starring in the new production of Miss Saigon on the West-End in London.
This album is BLAKE’s second to utilise the unique PledgeMusic system, which allows new and existing fans not only to pre-order a signed copy of the album but also to pledge for VIP experiences with the band, including backstage passes (with champagne in the interval with the singers), album recording studio days & even baking classes with BLAKE at a top London baking school. More details can be found on the PledgeMusic website where fans can also get updates on the album making process. Ahead of their 5th album release on October 23rd, the group have just launched an Extended Edition of their current album ‘Start Over’, featuring 6 previously unreleased tracks & US only songs.
Over the last seven years BLAKE have performed three times for the Queen, stunned audiences at the Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Stadium and Wimbledon Centre court, along with performing to half a billion people live on Chinese television. They already have extensive overseas tours confirmed for 2015, including festivals in Barbados, Russia, China and South Korea; don’t miss out on seeing them at a theatre near you in their final UK dates of this year.
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Blake – ‘In Harmony’ 2014 Tour
Wed 17th City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds www.cityvarieties.co.uk
Fri 19th Gala Theatre, Durham www.galadurham.co.uk
Tues 23rd Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe www.wycombeswan.co.uk
Wed 24th Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon www.www.fairfield.co.uk
Thurs 25th Venue, Cymru www.venuecymru.co.uk
Sun 28th Octagon Theatre, Yeovil www.octagon-theatre.co.uk
Thurs 2nd The St Albans Arena, St Albans www.alban-arena.co.uk
Fri 3rd Grand Hall, Scarborough www.scarboroughspa.co.uk
Wed 8th Towngate Theatre, Basildon www.towngatetheatre.co.uk
Fri 10th Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk
Tues 14th Palace Theatre, Southend www.southendtheatres.org.uk
Fri 17th Playhouse, Epsom www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk
Sun 19th Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury www.theatresevern.co.uk
Mon 20th Artrix, Bromsgrove www.artrix.co.uk
Wed 22nd Apex, Bury St Edmunds www.theapex.co.uk
Thurs 23rd The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering www. lighthousetheatre.co.uk
Sat 25th Solihull Arts Complex, Solihull www.solihullartscomplex.co.uk
Sat 22nd Union Chapel, London www.unionchapel.org.uk
Thurs 27th Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk
Sat 29th Playhouse, Harlow www.playhouseharlow.com
Blake’s new album ‘In Harmony’ will be released on 20th October. For more information and tour dates visitwww.blakeofficial.com