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Review: Blake, King's Lynn Corn Exchange

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Classical singing trio Blake enjoyed a sweet treat ahead of their performance at the King's Lynn Corn Exchange.

They called into the High Street branch of Marks and Spencer just before its 6pm close on Friday evening and bought some shortbread.

While at the checkout in the food hall,they charmed female staff with some flirty banter and encouraged them to go along to their show, Movies and Musicals.

Alive Corn Exchange (16388161)
Alive Corn Exchange (16388161)

They recounted their M&S visit at the start of their show and waved to the checkout girls in the audience.

One of the trio, the Norfolk-based Humphrey Berney, was more in need of the sugar energy surge from the shortbread then his fellow singers as today he began a charity 530k cycle challenge from Geneva, Switzerland to Champagne, France in aid of advanced neurological research.

Humphrey spoke of his strong Norfolk links (he grew up in the family home at Hockering, near Dereham and attended Gresham's school in Holt ) when the group took to the Corn Exchange stage for the latest show in their 2019 tour.

Performed by Stephen Bowman, Ollie Baines and Humphrey, the show features some of the most celebrated music from stage and screen and the audience loved it all, rewarding their wonderful performance with a standing ovation.

Since Blake, considered as one of the country's most eclectric and exciting classical crossover groups, was formed in 2007, the trio have enjoyed enormous success across the world with over a million albums sold and No 1 hits in 10 countries .

They have a relaxed, funny and laid-back style of presentation, reflecting their friendships dating back to their schooldays.

From the start of their show with Faure's In Paradisium, followed by the classic, Somewhere Over the Rainbow from the Wizard of Oz musical and the beautiful song, I knew I Loved You, the tone was set for a special evening.

As as they performed one classic after another, they captivated their appreciative audience.

They were accompanied by Mark Riley on piano and electro orchestra acoustic backing and, at one point, the young voices of the talented Broadland Youth Choir, the classic songs came thick and fast with two songs from West Side Story, Maria and Somewhere proving particular audience favourites.

Among the highlights was Humphrey's solo item, Misty, Stephen's I Dreamed a Dream, from Les Miserables and Ollie's, On the Street Where You Live from My Fair Lady and Nessun Dorma

Blake are a really likeable trio of lads, their good looks matching their pleasing tenor/baritone vocal harmonies. Let's hope it is not too long before they return to the Corn Exchange stage.

Richard Parr

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