Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Libera Filming a New Music Video

Libera tweeted 2 very interesting pictures with a message - 

"Back to the dark days of child labour with our video filming in Victorian Armley Mills, Leeds"

They must be filming a new video that shows how children used to work in factories. I wonder what song they will sing for this. The pictures look like they are at the Leeds Industrial Museum. It used to be the world's largest woolen mill. In the early 1800's, the working conditions were not regulated, and sadly there were children who often worked in unsafe environments.

Now, can you figure out who each boy is? Patrick and I had quite the discussion on this, because the first boy looks like Gabe but with lighter and longer hair. Is he wearing a wig? Here's my best guess on who is who. See if you agree. :)


Gabe, Timothy, Matthew J, Tom, Ciaran, Michael, Matthew M, Shay, Sam,
Camden, Ben, Lucas, Marc, Alex M, Rocco, Isaac, Alessandro, Alex G

In the factory

Looking forward to seeing this new video. Maybe it will be on Songs of Praise.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Libera of the US Online Store



Tom with the big Moose


Hey, Libera fans! Do you ever wish you could buy some of the items that are sold at Libera concerts? You can now order these items at Libera of the US's charity site - Libera.org - and the money will help fund Libera's concert season for the first half of 2015.

Choose from the items listed below, add up your order total in US dollars, go to Libera.org, and make a donation for the total dollar amount via the "Contribute" button. In the "Contact Us" button, list the items that you want and the sizes or colors.

These make great gifts for yourself or someone else. And Christmas is coming! :) The 2015 13-month calendar is especially nice since it starts in December 2014.

If you live outside the US, you could combine your order with friends' orders to save on shipping or get the 1/2 price deal.

**Get 1/2 price on any combination of 10 or more calendars and Libera Experience books!**

Shipping:

Inside the US -    Free
Outside the US - $25.00 for orders less than $150.00
                            $50.00 for orders more than $150.00

Limited Edition Wristband - Red/White/Blue, Pink, Pink/White, Green/White, Black/Yellow, or Light Blue $5.00
Libera Lanyard $7.00
Libera Christmas Ornament $12.00
Libera Water Bottle $10.00
Libera Hat $20.00
Libera Tee Shirt - sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL $25.00
Libera Full Zip Hoodie - sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL $50.00
Libera Tote Bag - Red, Blue, Beige, or Pink $20.00 

Libera Moose - Small (Limited 200 bandanas) Back-ordered
Libera Moose - Big (Limited 200 bandanas) $40.00 

11 x 17 Limited Edition Poster - Boys Walking Away $8.00
11 x 17 Limited Edition Poster - DC Concert $8.00
18 x 24 Limited Edition Poster - DC Concert $10.00
All 3 Posters $20.00

Libera 2015 13-month calendar $10.00
Libera Experience book (36 Page) $30.00
Libera Experience book - Autographed $100.00 SOLD OUT
The Basilica of the National Shrine Program $5.00
United States Flag with Stand $5.00
United Kingdom Flag with Stand $5.00


13-month calendar

wristbands

tote bag

Libera Experience 36-page book

flags, posters, "Libera Experience" books

hats

t-shirts, hoodies, water bottles, Christmas ornaments

The Libera boys in their t-shirts they picked out! :D

Thanks for supporting Libera!




Sunday, October 26, 2014

Libera Tour Blog - Wonderful Washington Part 2

A mystery Libera boy has written the next installment of the Libera travel blog. You can read the whole thing here. I have a guess on who this is. Do you? lol.

First we are introduced to the cutest dog named Brownie that the boys got to play with while rehearsing at Good Shepherd Church. Of course, the boys travel with Moose, but there's nothing better than a live pet. I love how Brownie posed for the picture along with the boys. He's quite photogenic! 



Then it was off to Washington DC for "quickfire sightseeing"of the Washington Monument, the White House, and the Lincoln Memorial. This may have been a first trip to DC for most of the boys since only Sam and Josh visited in 2007 for the Kennedy Center Honors performance. Sorry about the heat, as usual in Summer here, but the "30 blue-shirted, London choirboys" made a great effort with the group pictures. Obviously it's hard to get everyone looking at the camera at the same time with their eyes open and not squinting or blinking, but this hilarious picture has what, 7-8 boys even looking at the camera. And Kavana has his hand on top of his head. lol.


What each boy does when he doesn't know his picture is being taken.

Almost perfect! :D

I love this one so much!

Matthew giving America just a big ol hug

Next up was a trip to their venue for 2 filming concerts, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. I agree with the writer. It's immense, humungous, beautiful, and echo-ing. Did you catch that there were 31 microphones needed? Remember Josh sang in 2 songs. I think it's so interesting to see how they hide the microphones on top of their heads. Yes, Mr. Writer, you DO have naturally good looks. ;)

Isaac getting his "combover" while Bertie looks on


We all know by now that the boys wear their coats on backwards while eating to keep any food from spilling onto their white robes, but oh my goodness, calling them coats with nose-bag hoods is so funny!

Alex G, a cardboard Pope Francis (but he looks so real, even in person!), Ciaran, & Marc


Waiting to perform is never boring when you laugh at the programme photos of yourself and "talk rubbish" with each other. This trip report blog just gets better and better.

Kuba & Michael M looking at the concert program

I'm guessing there's some laughing at pictures going on here

One of the nicest pictures ever - Lucas, Ben, and
Alessandro sitting during rehearsal


On to the concerts. It's so nice that the boys realized how much the audience loved their performance. I've never heard such a long standing ovation. It just went on and on and on.


Libera performing "The Prayer" with Isaac soloing

Part of the huge audience. This section is where my aunt, 
great-uncle and great-aunt sat. They attended with a 
large group of retired US military officers.

Thanks, Mr. Author, for another great Liblog! :D

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Libera's QVC UK Appearance


UPDATED - October 26, 2014 to add video


I love everything about this picture! :D 

But then along came this one! lolol



Did you see Libera on QVC UK?! They did a great job singing. Thanks to Patrick for uploading the video for everyone to see!




There were 17 boys -

Front row: Ben Fairman, Tom Delgado-Little, Alessandro Mackinnon-Botti, Ciaran Bradbury-Hickey, Isaac London, Alex Gula, Marc Alvares, Lucas Wood, Sam Wiggin

Back row: Camden Stewart, Shay Balsekar, Timothy Lee, Matthew Jansen, Rocco Tesei, Alex Montoro, Michael Menezes, Matthew Madine

They sang "Carol of the Bells" while over 300 people were on hold to order their 2011 "The Christmas Album" CD. Tom and Lucas sang the high "aah's" and then Isaac sang the last "Ding dong, ding dong." They sounded so good!! I'm only sorry that the show hosts didn't interview the boys. I'll upload the video if someone posts it on YouTube.

What an amazing price!


Libera on set
 
Alex M, Marc, Lucas, Michael M, Rocco

Camden

Ciaran, Isaac, Alex G, Rocco

Ben, Tom

Camden, Shay, Ben, Tom, Alessandro

Matthew M, Sam

Ciarnan, Isaac

17 boys

Matthew J, Alessandro

Tom, Timothy

Tom on his solo

Marc, Lucas on his solo, Michael M

Isaac during his solo


Great job, boys! :D


Friday, October 24, 2014

Libera on QVC UK




Mark your calendar and set your alarm clock! Libera will be performing live on QVC UK on Saturday, October 25, 2014. They are scheduled to be on the Saturday Morning Gift Show which airs from 9:00-11:00 am UK time, but they could be on as early as 9:00 am, so start watching then. That's 4:00 am on the East Coast of the US and 3:00 am in Chicago.

Libera will be singing "Carol of the Bells" during the show and probably doing interviews like they did when they appeared back in 2011. You can watch QVC UK's channel online at qvcuk.com/LiveChannel.content.html   

QVC UK's blog says that Libera will be appearing on their Saturday Night Show from 8:00-10:00 pm, but that may be a replay of their appearance on the Saturday Morning Gift Show.

If you want to tweet with other Libera fans while you watch the show, I'm @chocolatlvr on Twitter. Just look up other fans under my following list. And, of course, follow Libera at @officiallibera.

QVC UK is using Libera's "Carol of the Bells" song for their Christmas ad campaign.




How cool is that?! Are you ready for Christmas now? :D

~Lauren


 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Libera Tour Blog - Wonderful Washington Part 1


Libera at Sandy Cove


Hi, everyone! This is Lexi's mom, Lauren. Lexi is at university and a bit "under the weather" right now. Actually, she went to the doctor for a respiratory infection and fever. The nurse gave her a shot and left the room; Lexi passed out and got a concussion. She is taking it easy. Well, as easy as you can when you have quizzes and papers to write for school. But that's the explanation for why I'll be writing the next few blog posts. I usually do write the boring posts like concert venue information. Now that I've made this one boring as well, let's make it exciting and get to Libera. :)

First, isn't it cute how Libera alliterates their blog titles? Wonderful Washington, Phancy Philippines, Interesting Ireland, Kool Korea, Terrific Taiwan, Joyful Japan, Shiny Singapore. Guess they didn't know what to do with Jersey and Guernsey. lol

Whoever wrote this particular blog installment is a fabulous writer. Would they like to come and guest-author this blog also? Please? :) 

We find out that all 31 boys were mic'd for the concert instead of just the main soloists. Weren't there 30 choristers listed on the program? Yes, but don't forget that Josh Madine left the piano and sang with the choir for 2 songs, so 31 microphones! :D These were the mics that come up the back of their neck to the top of their head and down to right above the forehead. The mics get covered up by their hair. Or they are supposed to... The writer explains that everyone was mic'd because the Basilica has so much echo.

After getting packed and flying to the USA, they met up with their coach (bus) driver, Shaun. We met him, and what a nice, fun, funny guy he is. BEST BUS DRIVER EVER! (No offense to the other bus drivers they've had.) ;) They should have him drive them all the time.

Camden, Lucas, Isaac, Matthew M, Michael M, Timothy, Tom, Matthew J, Ben, Alessandro
And that is Shaun the bus driver in the back ground! :D


They spent their first week having morning rehearsals. We fans sure do appreciate all the time they spent doing that, because the resulting concerts showed that practice makes perfect! The author writes, "knowing this show would be filmed and televised brought a little extra pressure on us...However, seeing as this DVD was going to be documented for life, we didn’t mind putting a little extra work in..." Who does that remind you of? Do you remember in their Christmas in Ireland DVD when Alessandro says, "I'm not very nervous. It's just exciting. A bit scared, because it's going to be burned on a DVD for the rest of my life." The way he said that was so funny. Like he was resigning himself to whatever happens, good or bad, will be forever recorded on a DVD for his entire life. lol I wonder if Alessandro is our author. Hmmm.


Sandy Cove


After rehearsals, they went to a really great place called Sandy Cove. It has everything fun to do and fabulous food. I don't know about you, but I wish there was video of them playing "Gaga," having crazy diving contests, and playing silent soccer (how's that for alliteration)! I had never heard of Gaga or Ga-Ga. Sounds like a job for Google. Here's a video of the Ga-Ga game. 



It says it's a type of dodge ball from Israel. Lots of people can play at the same time. Get hit by the ball below the knee and you're out. If the ball goes out of the play area, the last person who touched it is out. The last player left is the winner. Looks fun!



Bertie & Matthew M kayaking

Alex G on the swings

Timothy and Tom swimming

Gabe squirting Ciaran? lol



There were lots of other activities, and I love that they got to play with other kids. I also love when they celebrate the boys' birthdays while away from home. We know Lucas's birthday is the first week of August. Now we know he turned 12! There are also 12 curly candles off to the side that have already been used. Could this be for Ciaran's birthday? He turned 12 on August 4. Happy birthday, guys!

Ready for a party!


After a fun week, it was time to go to Washington DC for the filming concerts. We shall read about that when Part 2 comes out. Can't wait. Thanks to our anonymous author for the great blog post. Be watching for official pictures from the tour to be coming out soon also! :D