Humphrey from Blake talks of his transatlantic mission

PUBLISHED: 17:19 26 March 2014 | UPDATED: 17:19 26 March 2014

Humphrey Berney (left) with his band Blake at the British Embassy in Washington

Humphrey Berney (left) with his band Blake at the British Embassy in Washington


Former Dereham boy Humphrey Berney, now part of the hugely successful vocal group Blake, has performed live on US television to millions of viewers during a mission to fly the flag with his bandmates for British culture in Washington.

Humphrey Berney (left) with his band Blake in Washington, USHumphrey Berney (left) with his band Blake in Washington, US

The operatic trio, made up of Mr Berney, Stephen Bowman and Ollie Baines, were invited to the British Embassy in the US capital as part of the UKTI’s GREATBritain scheme, where they performed an acoustic set to a specially invited audience, before leaving to appear live on Fox News America.

Their national TV appearance for millions of viewers featured an interview with the group and a live performance.

Having previously worked with the GREATBritain initiative in Jakarta and Trinidad & Tobago, the group said they were pleased to have extended this association into America.

“We have performed quite a few times in America but this was our first visit to Washington,” said Mr Berney, who grew up in Hockering and won a music scholarship to Gresham’s School. “We are proud to be British and honoured to be taking on the mantle of ambassadors for British music in America.”

During the visit the group also performed at a gala dinner for the Children’s National Medical Centre, visited the advanced robotic surgery department (CNMC), were photographed at Capitol Hill and performed in front of the White House.

The group later visited a local school to give a presentation about the music industry to a group of 150 students.

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