26th Sep, 2018

Unashamedly patriotic: Blake on song for gig at the Palace Theatre

Correspondent 6th Apr, 2018

REDDITCH is playing host to one of the top singing groups in the UK with award winning choral group Blake play the Palace Theatre on April 13, writes Tom Banner.

The trio ogave over 600 UK shows under their belt, including appearances on Strictly Come Dancing and the Graham Norton Show.

Humphrey Berney, one of the three members of Blake, said: “The band started in 2007 with a group of friends reuniting over Facebook; we got together and performed and within 48 hours we had a record deal!

“The show is a great two hours of emotive and stoic singing, from popular football anthems to opera to movie themes or more contemporary work like John Legend.”

Their Redditch concert is part of the group’s 10th anniversary tour and Humphrey said he is amazed at the mix of ages they attract.

“There’s everyone from children to their 80-year-old grandparents saying how much they were inspired by the show, and as a singer that is great.

“If someone who has never seen us before is thinking of coming, I would definitely recommend it because there is something for everyone, and by going from Puccini to John Legend, we cater to a range of musical tastes.”

The trio have also just finished recording their special 10th anniversary album, featuring a mix of classics and new material.

The album was partly crowdfunded by fans and features contributions from the Central Band of the RAF, the the Royal Air Force Salon Orchestra and members of the Military Wives Choir.

The collaboration with the RAF came from when the band were asked to play at the 100th birthday celebration of Dame Vera Lynn at the London Palladium in March 2017 Humphrey saying: “The addition of the bands adds a really amazing, stoic and unashamedly patriotic sound to the album.”

It’s not just the Brits who love them either as the group have autumn and winter tours organised and are also heading out to Germany and China.

“In addition to all that I am also due to become a father and move house, so by the end of all that I reckon I will be fairly tired!”

Blake at the Palace Theatre will be on Friday, April 13 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £21 while VIP tickets, which offer a pre-show meet and greet and the opportunity to share a glass of wine with the group after the show, are £48.

To book visit the box office or call call 01527 65203 or visit http://www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk/ .

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