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Stevenage choirs to sing with Blake in St Albans

PUBLISHED: 16:45 16 February 2012 | UPDATED: 21:03 20 February 2013

Stevenage choirs to sing with Blake in St Albans

Stevenage choirs to sing with Blake in St Albans

The Stevenage Male Voice Choir and The Stevenage Ladies Choir will be joining Blake on stage at the Alban Arena on March 3

BRIT Award Winners BLAKE have been busy with a nationwide search of the UK for local choirs to join them to join them on stage as part of their Love Lifts US Up UK tour.

The Stevenage Male Voice Choir and The Stevenage Ladies Choirwill be joining Blake on stage at the Alban Arenaon March 3to perform some of the groups 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.

Stevenage Ladies Choir was formed in 1960, and was originally made up of the wives of members of Stevenage Male Voice Choir. During the early years the choir took part in various competitions, and their greatest achievement was winning a Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Music Festival.

The choir chooses tono longer enter competitions, preferring instead to raise money for charities both local and national and toregularly perform alongside male and female choirs from around the United Kingdom and Europe. This encourages the choir to expand our repertoire, often learning new pieces, which can sometimes bein a foreign language, thereby stretching the choirs creativity.

The Stevenage Male Voice Choir was formed in 1958 by employees of The English Electric Company. In the years since its founding the choir has had busy schedules of concert performances by which it has raised thousands of pounds for other local charities. The choir has sung extensively in the UK and abroad including tours of Ireland to mark their 40th anniversary and most recently to France for their Golden Jubilee.

'Our repertoire covers all genres of music and therefore we feel well suited to perform with Blake and look forward to a most memorable evening,'says Paul Adrian Rooke Stevenage Male Voice Choir Musical Director.

'We are very excited about being given the opportunity to perform alongside Blake in St Albans. I have worked with Blake on the previous tour and earlier on this one with another choir and the ladies are very much looking forward to being given the opportunity to participate in this fantastic event,' explained Stevenage Ladies Choir musical director Ann-Marie Chessman.

The vocal quartet 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.

'The schools tour was part of the campaign for our 2nd 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 couldnt understand why choirs werent as popular as they used to be,' explains baritone Jules Knight.

The members of Blake all found their love of music at a young age and sang with various groups and choirs throughout their childhood. Their passion for music continues to grow and they wanted to share this with the communities they would be visiting on their tour.

'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,' added Tenor Oliver Baines.

The show in St Albansis part of Blakes UK Tour Love Lifts Us Up. Audiences at Blakes tour will be in for a treat as the band showcase tracks from their new album due out later this year, in addition to performing songs from their previous three albums, including their BRIT Award Winning self-titled debut album.

2012 looks to be Blake's busiest year to date with the release of their brand new album in America and the UK as well as tours and concerts in the UK, China, the Philippines, USA and Bermuda thus confirming Blake as one of the UK's busiest and most internationally in-demand bands.


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