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Harmony with hunks

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: October 11, 2012

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F you like your harmonies heavenly, delivered by a handful of hunks, you'll probably have already snapped up tickets to see the Blake boys at the Queen's Theatre. The four friends epitomise the full classical-pop crossover package (chorister training with boy-band charisma).

The Brit Award-winning singers, famous worldwide for creating unique harmony versions of pop, classical and West End anthems, are to bring their new, romantic show to the Queen's Theatre on Friday.

The four will perform uplifting and romantic love songs plus new material from their fourth album Start Over.

Blake's interweaving baritone and tenor harmonies attract everyone from teenagers to grandparents to their concerts.

Others have done it before, of course, but Blake maintain they are different to the likes of Il Divo.

"Everything Il Divo do is that big opera style which is wonderful and a way of approaching that type of music.

"We are quite a bit younger and a bit more contemporary," said Blake's Stephen Bowman on their last visit to North Devon.

Singing is only half of the classical crossover package. There's entertainment too. Stephen talks about taking the audience on a "rollercoaster of emotion".

"There are some very poignant moments when members of the group open up about reasons for some of the particular songs being very touching for them, which often resonates very much with our audiences.

"At other times, we are simply having fun and laughing on stage and the audiences are doing the same."

Tickets: £22.50. Box office: 01271 324242 or visit www.northdevontheatres.org. uk

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