Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Blake, A Classical Vocal Quartet

Four disarmingly charming, clean-cut-handsome English artists came to Manila upon the sponsorship of Ayala MallsPhilippine Tatler, San Miguel Brewery Inc., Bench, Myx, Agri Pro and gave a mini concert in Greenbelt 5.  I must say that the guests, (headed by the Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala and his family), were impressed and entertained by the melodious blending of the four tenor-baritones that they clamored for more and more. The group, obviously happy by the standing ovation rendered them, obliged with an encore number. They sang tunes from their latest album, "Together", which included covers of popular classical songs like Nesssum Dorma, and commercial-classical-pop crossovers like Bridge Over Troubled Waters, With or Without You, She, and my super favorite, All of Me.  

The quartet comprise of Ollie Baines, Humphrey Berney, Jules Knight and Stephen Bowman.  Founder of the group is Jules Knight.  All four have musical backgrounds.  Humphrey Berney is a classically trained opera singer.  Stephen Bowman studied classical voice and electronic music at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Jules Knight is an actor, singer, model and TV presenter.  He has performed in musical theater since his youth.Ollie Baines is a pianist and plays the French horn and the Trumpet.  He received classical music training from the age of 8. 

When God gave out musical and artistic talent, this group was in the front row. And for added bonus, God gave them that elusive X-factor coupled with good looks to complete the package.

After the concert, the invited guests went to the third floor for a sumptuous cocktail catered by Kai and to take photos with the group.  Thank you Tatler group, (Irene Francisco, publisher and Anton San Diego, editor in chief) for this outstanding musical treat! 

Anton San Diego, editor in chief of Tatler,  with one of the Blake baritones, Humphrey Berney.  Thank you Anton for bringing them here.

Humphrey Berney, Stephen Bowman, Ollie Baines, were so charmingly gracious to autograph the posters Linda Ley and I received with their CD, "Together", which went on sale after the concert.

Designer Ito Curata displays the CD that the group autographed for him.

Ben Chan, one of the sponsors of the concert,  poses with Blake founder Jules Knight, 3rd from left. Heidi Ng, Leah Puyat, Phoemela Baranda and Mons Romulo complete the picture.

Enjoying the sumptuous Kai delicacies- myself, Tina Cuevas, Susan Joven, Linda Ley, Dante Silverio.

I was happy to see long time friend who I have not seen in years Bambina Oliveros (left). Mons Romulo on the right.

Susan Joven, Maurice Arcache, Linda Ley and Sulo Hotel  owner Tina Cuevas.

Grace Glory Go and Cecile Infantado enjoyed meeting the group as well!


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