Ollie Baines

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Ollie began singing from the age of eight as a chorister at both New College, Oxford and Winchester Cathedral (where he met Jules). He was a member of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain from 1999 until 2005. Ollie also learned the French Horn and the Trumpet, playing in several orchestras, and is a keen pianist.

Before going to music college, Ollie studied degrees in Music, Music Technology and briefl y dabbled in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic. Whilst at University he sang with the choirs of Magdalene College, Cambridge and Trinity College, Cambridge before going on to study at the British Institute of Florence and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was a Maths and English Tutor before Blake began.

He says of touring: “I’ve been incredibly lucky to have seen so much of the world, and at such a young age. Before I was even at University I’d toured throughout Europe, Australia, America and Africa with various choirs, and Blake has taken me further still.” Ollie is also a keen sailer, skier and horseman, and whilst living in Africa climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and rafted the Nile. He has also survived both a light plane crash and being held hostage in an armed bank robbery. He grew up in the countryside with a plethora of domestic wildlife, including his fi ve dogs.

“I am one of those lucky people who genuinely like being up there on stage, singing my heart out. For me that’s what it’s all about; entertaining. And it’s essential to enjoy yourself, because that way, the audience tend to enjoy themselves as well.”