Blake: Movies & Musicals @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury (blakeofficial.com)
One enchanted evening in February spent in the presence of vocal
harmony group Blake, provided the
perfect escape from winter’s bitter chill and the woes of the world.  Since forming in 2007, Blake have had
enormous success throughout the world selling over 1 million albums with No. 1
hits in ten countries and nearly 150 TV appearances around the globe.  The trio are Ollie Baines, Stephen Bowman and
Humphrey Berney, who perform a mix of Classical, Opera, Pop and Musical Theatre
songs with perfect vocal harmonies, which has enabled them to work with
industry legends Katherine Jenkins and Dame Shirley Bassey.


 Their latest album, Anniversary Album( their 7th), has gone straight to No 1
confirming their place as one of Britain’s best loved vocal harmony
groups.  This new concert tour is entitled
Movies and Musicals and for
simplicity the first half is dedicated to Movies and the second to Musicals.


The Movies half features some of
the most popular songs including Somewhere
Over the Rainbow, She, Hallelujah, Moon River and You Raise Me Up.
 Blake were accompanied throughout by the
exceptionally talented pianist, Dominic Ferris, who had an opportunity to show
his incredible skills particularly in his solo spot playing Autumn Leaves.


 There’s a natural warmth and charm to the trio
who chat with the audience and interact, but without it being forced or
intrusive.  I found the first half
extremely calming and soothing, with the relaxed and comfortable banter
between them showing how their friendship has grown since childhood.

The Musicals half kicked off with
a couple of songs from West Side Story,
Maria
and the beautiful Somewhere.
 Of course the two spine-tingling songs
from Les Miserables had to be
included, the haunting Bring Him Home and
I Dreamed a Dream.  A song made famous by Katie Melua, which I’d
always thought she’d written but it was actually Mike Batt, The Closest Thing to Crazy had been part
of an unsuccessful musical called Men Who
March Away
.   The second half
finished with You’ll Never Walk Alone,
with the audience on its feet applauding and cheering loudly.


The whole evening was captivating
with delightful music, beautifully sung and I left feeling calm and tranquil.  For more information on tour dates visit
their website https://www.blakeofficial.com/


Reviewed by:

Yvonne Delahaye

9.2.19

@yvonnedelahaye