“Il Divo and G4 paved the way for us and G4’s split certainly helped us with the record deal,” says Dom.
“They’d been massively successful and suddenly didn’t exist any more.” “They made people aware that four guys singing a fusion of pop and classical can be huge,” adds Jules.
Jules, 26, studied history of art at St Andrews University alongside Prince William, while Ollie, 25, was a regular at Wills and Harry’s Highgrove parties, growing up in nearby Little Somerford, Wiltshire. Former actor Dom, 25, has connections with Kevin Spacey, having performed an award-winning role at the Old Vic theatre where Spacey is artistic director. “You wouldn’t remain friends for long if you used those connections.
“We had to ask Zimmer’s permission to use an arrangement of his Gladiator theme on the first album and he wrote back with this amazing e-mail asking if we’d like to work on Angels And Demons, the sequel to The Da Vinci Code,” says Jules.The four members – Ollie Baines, Stephen Bowman, Jules Knight and Dominic Tighe – have successfully combined classical and pop music and can boast cast-iron classical training.It can’t hurt that they are all easy on the eye, either.Time constraints meant they had to say no and then Gary Barlow offered them one of his songs after Take That recorded their album in the adjacent studio to Blake.“We pretty much turned him down because it just wasn’t right for the album,” says Stephen.