Blake’s on a Plane!

We couldn’t resist the headline, even though it’s not strictly water-tight in terms of truth. UK classical-crossover act, Blake, have survived accusations of novelty and one-album wonder by reaching their tenth anniversary, an achievement to be celebrated with both a national tour and a brand-new album. Musically, the have brought the Military Wives Choir on board for two tracks, as well as the Central Band of the RAF and Royal Air Force Salon Orchestra, the link being that 10% of the album’s profits will go to the RAF Charitable Trust, it being the Centenary Year of the institution. Intriguingly, alongside classical pieces on their forthcoming album, there are also the themes to Out of Africa and Cinema Paradiso, with the addition of lyrics. Something to get the soundtrack purists up off their seats?

The Anniversary Album’ Track Listing

• Nimrod • Caruso • Impossible Dream • Here, There and Everywhere • Hymne A L’Amour • All of Me • Somewhere • Cinema Paradiso • Out of Africa • Pearl Fishers • Dambusters • Because • O Waly Waly (“The Water is Wide”)

2018 UK Anniversary Tour

07 April                Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich

12 April                Octagon Theatre, Yeovil

13 April                Palace Theatre, Redditch

15 April                Princes Theatre, Clacton

21 April                Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe

22 April                Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn

25 April                Beau Sejour, Guernsey

26 April                Beau Sejour, Guernsey

03 May                 Capitol Theatre, Horsham

11 May                 The Grand, Clitheroe

20 May                 Pavilion, Whitby

24 May                 Playhouse, Epsom

03 August             Concorde Club, Eastleigh 11 August Town Hall, Cheltenham

17 August             The Pheasantry, Chelsea, London 18 August

24 August             New Theatre Royal, Lincoln

28 August             The Stables, Milton Keynes

1 September        Garrick Lichfield

4 September        The Brindley, Runcorn

7 September         The Pavilion, Weymouth

8 September        Clair Hall, Haywards Heath

14 September       The Pavilion, Exmouth

15 September       Regal Theatre, Redruth

19 September      The Grand, Lancaster

29 September      Memorial Theatre, Frome

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