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Blake go pop for album ahead of City Hall gig
CLASSICAL Brit Award winners Blake, who describe themselves as a cross between Il Divo and The Beach Boys, are coming to Salisbury next month.
The vocal trio will be bringing their mix of classical and pop harmonies to the City Hall on October 10.
Stephen Bowman, Humphrey Berney and Ollie Baines will be singing well-known songs, such as Bob Dylan’s Make Me Feel My Love and Nessun Dorma, alongside their own material from their fourth – but first pop – album, Start Over.
“If you enjoy good music, some of which you are familiar with, some of which you might not have heard before, but like music sung well by good singers and like to hear proper harmonies and sensitive singing as well as powerful singing, then Blake is right up your street,” said Baines.
Blake is inspired by a wide range of groups, from The Bee Gees, to The Beach Boys to Boyz II Men.
“We’re a cross between Il Divo and a slightly more acoustic sound like The Beach Boys,” said Baines. “There is a real mix there.”
The latest album marks a change in line-up for the band, who have said goodbye to Jules Knight.
Baines, whose grandparents live in Salisbury, said: “It’s kind of the end of something and a new beginning.
“Stylistically, it’s a pop album rather than classical. It keeps it fresh.”
“Our fans are very supportive and we believe a lot of people feel we have continued to improve in the way we have always continued to improve. It hasn’t held us back.”
Baines grew up near Malmesbury, where his family still lives, and in his youth he was a Winchester Cathedral chorister, spending many of his summers singing at Salisbury Cathedral.
He said he is looking forward to performing for fans in Salisbury and that he was told one of Blake’s fans, a secretary at his grandparents’ dentist practice, has recently named her baby boy Blake in their honour.
“It’s going to be great fun, with something for everyone,” he said.
Joining Blake as a special guest is Camilla Kerslake, with whom they performed Nessun Dorma at the 2010 Classical Brit Awards.
She will be performing songs from her debut album and dueting with Blake on The Prayer, Time To Say Goodbye and Jerusalem.
Blake and Kerslake will also be performing their new single You Raise Me Up, which has been recorded in aid of the Breast Cancer Campaign.
For tickets, call the City Hall’s box office on 01722 434434 or visit cityhallsalisbury.co.uk.
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