Haywards Heath choir join Blake for one night

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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 UK tour.

Haywards Heath based inChoir will be joining Blake on stage at Clair Hall on October 14 to perform some of the group’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.

Mark Heppell, inChoir’s Musical Director said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be joining Blake on stage at Clair Hall. We were lucky enough to be able to sing with them at The Purple Pinkie Concert in Victoria Park in July, and it was an incredibly moving and powerful experience for us all.”

inChoir was formed early in 2009, and meets on a Monday evening in Haywards Heath, as well as Tuesdays in East Grinstead and Thursdays in Crawley.

“It’s a choir for anyone who loves to sing,” according to Mark, “and many of the members had no experience at all of singing in public before joining inChoir. We’re always happy to welcome new members, so if anybody would like to have a go, check out our web-site, www.inchoir.co.uk.”

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 couldn’t understand why choirs weren’t as popular as they used to be,” explained 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 Haywards Heath is part of Blake’s UK Tour ‘An Evening with Blake’.

In addition to performing songs from their debut album and ‘And So It Goes’, their second CD, this show features songs from their latest album, 2009’s ‘Together’, which shot straight into the Top 5 of the UK classical charts, was No 1 in Australia and South Africa.

With over half a million albums sold worldwide, Blake continue to build their reputation as one of the most eclectic and exciting crossover groups in the world.

See Blake on the ‘An Evening with Blake’ Autumn 2011 tour from September 14.