Classical trio Blake to perform at The Roses in Tewkesbury this Saturday
HUMPHREY Berney’s life is a bit of a contrast. One of the Blake trio, the classically-trained singer likes to relax by listening to peaceful choral music.
He makes his living singing, yet on his days off, Humphrey likes nothing better than to indulge his passion for fast cars, aeroplanes and sports like rugby and skiing.
“I guess I have quite eclectic tastes,” he said. “On one hand I like to live life in the fast lane, and on the other I like nothing better than listening to peaceful, escapist music.”
He will be joined by fellow Blake members Stephen Bowman and Ollie Baines to perform a mixed bag of music at The Roses in Tewkesbury tomorrow night.
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Blake combine the grandeur of opera with infectious pop harmonies and light-hearted repartee in their touring show.
They launched their first album in 2007, just six months after reuniting as friends on Facebook, and went straight to number one in the UK’s classical album charts.
Since then there have been more albums, worldwide tours and a legion of celebrity fans, including Dame Shirley Bassey, Will Smith and Kevin Spacey.
The BRIT Award winners have a host of new songs to share at the gig, combining classical, pop, rock and musicals, and will be including numbers from their new album Start Over.
“The repartee is a big part of our show,” said Humphrey. “That’s what makes all our concerts different as it changes depending on the audience.
“I also think people are quite surprised by the huge mixture of music we perform - there really is something for everyone.”
As part of The Roses concert, Blake will be performing with a local choir, who will join them in some classic-pop renditions including Hallelujah, Jerusalem and Nessun Dorma.
“We all started off by singing in local choirs from a young age so we thought we’d like to give choirs a platform to perform with us,” said Humphrey.
These days school choirs are often predominantly made up of girls but Humphrey said his school days were different.
“I started to sing with the school choir at the age of six or seven and by 12 singing was just part of my life.
“I remember half of the first rugby team made up the back row of our choir and there was no stigma attached to boys singing in the choir - it was a damn good way of meeting girls!”
He knows Gloucestershire quite well as his mother grew up in the area. “When I first came here I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the county,” he said. “However Tewkesbury is new to me and I’m looking forward to going there.
Tickets cost £22 from 01684 295074 and the show starts at 7.30pm. Helen Blow