IF you have heard the roaring sounds of a Honda Fireblade gently easing their way around Berkshire roads on a pleasant afternoon, chances are Stephen Bowman from musical trio Blake has just whizzed past you.

The singer with the harmony group loves to ‘escape’ to the county, taking in a ride around Windsor Great Park and a ‘cheeky’ stop off near the Long Walk every now and again for a photo shoot.

But on Sunday, February 15 it will be his voice that many will hear as he joins Blake members Humphrey Berney and Ollie Baines on stage at the Theatre Royal Windsor for their In Harmony concert.

Re-inspired by the enduring trio harmonies of The Three Tenors, The Bee Gees, The Lettermen & Boyz-II-Men, Brit-award winners Blake’s latest concert show sees them combining classic songs from their first four albums, with exclusive new songs from their critically acclaimed 5th album ‘In Harmony’ which was released in 2014.

Musicals, pop and classical songs collide in the group’s most eclectic stage spectacular yet, accompanied by great musicians and impressive video projections.

Following on from previous years, Blake are once again searching the UK for talented local choirs to join them on stage as part of their ‘In Harmony’ tour. Over the last five years the group have been joined by more than 250 local choirs around the UK and overseas, in venues as far apart as Manchester, Moscow and Manila.

“We have been getting choirs coming forward from lots of areas. It’s what we like to do as singers as we all came from choir backgrounds,” said Stephen, who in 1997 became the youngest ever male to get a place studying at London Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Stephen added: “Singing with a choir is the easist way to build self-confidence. We want to give choirs like the ones we came from the opportunity to come up on stage and perform with us.”

The choirs are used with the big anthem numbers to boost the sounds which Stephen says results in quite an ‘amazing’ thing.

Between the songs there is banter and comedy which Stephen says forms a big part of the concert.

“We try to relax our audience really quickly. The show is very relaxed and we like it that way.”

Over the last seven years Blake have performed three times for The Queen, stunned audiences at the Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Stadium and Wimbledon Centre Court, along with performing to half a billion people live on Chinese television.

But Stpehen still admits to getting nervous before he walks on stage.

“It’s because there are so many people,” he admits. “Part of you wants to run away and hide. A tinge of that type of nerves is good because you push yourself that little bit more.”

With the In Harmony concert, Stephen is looking forward to an Elvis number the boys perform and some other classics such as Fields Of Gold.

Blake In Harmony is at the Theatre Royal Windsor on Sunday, Feburary 15 at 7.30pm.

Visit www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk or call 01753 853888 for tickets.

Rebecca Curley