Choir to join voices with Brit Award winners

Joseph Bulmer

Ilfracombe singers set to share the stage with classical ‘boyband’ Blake this weekend

AN Ilfracombe choir is set to share the stage with Classical Brit Award winning “boyband” Blake.

The La La Voices will perform with the foursome at a special concert at the Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple on Sunday, as part of the group’s UK-wide An Evening with Blake tour.

The Landmark Theatre-based community choir, which has members of all ages, will perform some of Blake’s well-known classic-pop renditions, including Hallelujah’, ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Nessun Dorma’ – songs that helped catapult the group to global success after their formation using Facebook in 2007.

Musical director, Lee Baxendale, said: “The choir is very excited about working with such a talented harmony group.

“The songs we have had to learn have been difficult, but very enjoyable and we are looking forward to the performance.”

Blake came up with the idea of having a local choir joining them on stage after they toured schools across the country giving performances and talks about the music industry.

Baritone Jules Knight said: “The schools tour was part of the ‘campaign’ for our second Brit nomination, but it quickly became so much more than that to us.

“The kids really engaged with what we did and we were blown away by the talent and confidence of some of them in the mock ‘X-Factor’ auditions that we held.

“With all that singing talent, we just couldn’t understand why choirs weren’t as popular as they used to be.”

Tenor Oliver Baines said the four members of Blake all found their love of music at a young age and sang with various groups and choirs throughout their childhood.

“We thought about how we could involve school choirs and local community choirs in our live shows, and that getting some of the choirs up on stage with us would be a great experience for both them and us,” he said.

Tickets are still available for the show. For tickets contact the Queen’s Theatre box office on (01271) 324242.

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