Stephen’s back in town for Blake’s Hippodrome date

Blake with Camilla Kerslake
Blake with Camilla Kerslake

Vocal harmony group Blake are looking forward to their appearance at The Royal Hippodrome next Saturday (October 26).

Speaking to the Herald ahead of their visit, the last leg of their current tour, Stephen Bowman said the group was fully behind the moves to revive the iconic theatre.

“It’s got a great sound system and wonderful lighting and we’re right behind the management team at Eastbourne.

“We’re really hoping there will be a great turnout as the show is going down well – and we should be note perfect by then!”

Stephen was born into a musical family with a guitar-playing father and an opera-singing mother.

Surrounded by classical, rock and pop music, Stephen and his two brothers were soon following in the family tradition. But their attempts to form a group called Fraternity didn’t last long and the youngsters soon went their own ways.

Blake was launched in 2007 when Stephen was reunited in Facebook with friends Humphrey Berney and Ollie Baines and their debut album went straight to the top of the classical album charts – and into the top 20 pop chart.

Mixing eclectic classical and pop songs with rich harmony vocals, Blake quickly grew in popularity and have travelled the world over the past few years.

As well as devoting themselves to their fans and music, the band spend a huge amount of time supporting charities close to their hearts – including Help For Heroes, The British legion and MIND.

And they teamed up with Camilla Kerslake – who will be on stage with them at Eastbourne – and the Sing to Beat Breast Cancer Choir for the single You Raise Me Up which has proved so popular.

Together Blake and Camilla will perform that new single ‘recorded in aid of the Breast Cancer Campaign, a charity close to Camilla’s heart and for whom she is an ambassador.

In June 2011 Camilla stepped out of the limelight, cancelling a UK tour, when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. After a year sabbatical caring for her Camilla began campaigning for the Royal Marsden, who saved her mother’s life, and breast cancer charities.

Stephen has extra reasons for being excited by his trip to Eastbourne having been here many times as a youngster visiting his grandparents.

“It was wonderful to walk down the promenade and listen to the bandstand music. I have so many great memories of that time and it’ll be good to be back.”

Pictured: Blake with Camilla Kerslake and the Sing to Beat Breast Cancer Choir.