Thursday, January 29, 2015

"Joyful, Joyful" Video Posted by PBS





PBS has posted a promotional video for Libera's new DVD "Angels Sing - Libera In America." It's to let people know to check their local PBS listings to see if it is showing in their area.

The video, narrated by Cassius O'Connell-White, shows fun scenes from their Washington DC trip, but there's a bonus! It has the full video of "Joyful, Joyful!" Enjoy this great preview and pre-order your DVD now! Information is on the right side of this page. --->

A few screen capture pics from the video -     


 
















Yay for close-ups of Tom when he's singing high notes! :)




Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New "Libera In America" DVD Premiering on US PBS Stations



Great news! There are several areas of the US that will get to see Libera's "Angels Sing - Libera In America" DVD soon! So far, 3 areas will see it before the DVD is released for sale. To buy the DVD or CD, click here. Here's which PBS TV stations have posted that they are showing it so far - 

San Francisco KQED            February 28, 7:00 a.m.

Washington DC WETA         February 28, 6:30 p.m.

San Antonio KLRN               March 1, 6:30 p.m.

Chicago WTTW                    March 11, 7:30 p.m.
                                                 March 14, 7:00 p.m.

Kentucky KET                      March 11, 1:00 p.m.


I'll update the list as other airings become available.

One interesting note, according to the TV listing for Chicago WTTW, "Libera's 2013 program, Angels Sing, Christmas in Ireland, was one of the most watched Christmas shows on PBS during its December run." That's great news!



Saturday, January 24, 2015

Fan Video from Moscow Concert





This is a video taken by Patrick after the Moscow concert. It is of Libera leaving the concert hall. It's a bit dark, but I like it because it shows some of the boys running to the bus. Yes, they have enough energy after performing a full concert to run to the bus! :D  Could Matthew Madine be any nicer and friendlier?! And some of them are so cute carrying their robe on their head. At the end you can hear Eleanor Lewis coming over to Patrick and speaking to him in French. Thank you for sharing your video, Patrick!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Official Libera Photos from Moscow

Libera has posted some pictures from their concert trip to Moscow, Russia. They're excellent! I am so thrilled for the boys that they had a chance to visit a place that many people never get to visit in a lifetime. It may have been cold in Moscow, but it sure is beautiful even in the winter. 

This is my favorite picture! The boys standing in front of the world-famous
St. Basil's Cathedral with a gorgeous blue sky above them. :D

So cool!

Alex Gula playing in the snow! How fun is this?!

My second favorite! I want to know the back-story to this picture! How on earth
did Cassius get this Soviet army hat and flask?! Did he buy them at some cool store?

In front of the Bolshoi Theatre

Another great group shot with Moscow in the background

Libera in concert in Moscow

Singing "The Prayer" with Isaac soloing

Beautiful Moscow Mayakovskaya metro station. Sam's face though. hehe

They have fun wherever they go! :D

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Moscow Concert 2015


Moscow International House of Music

Today was the day! Libera performed in Moscow for the first time! And thanks to Patrick from France, we have a first-hand account of it. All photos are his, so if you copy any, please give him credit. :)


The lobby before the concert with Libera on the display screen.
 
Robert Prizeman stood at this center music stand.

Stage before concert. The concert must have been sold out, because
you can see people at the upper left level who stood during the concert!

Audience before the concert. Do you see yourself in this picture? :)


There were 22 boys there, all the same boys who were at the London concert last month except for James Menezes and Mark Ustynovych-Repa. We are also still missing Ben Fairman. Hope they all are OK. They were missed!

1.   Marc Alvares
2.   Shay Balsekar
3.   Ciaran Bradbury-Hickey
4.   Merlin Brouwer
5.   Gabriel Collins
6.   Thomas Delgado-Little
7.   Alex Gula
8.   Matthew Jansen
9.   Timothy Lee
10. Isaac London
11. Alessandro MacKinnon-Botti 
12. Matthew Madine
13. Michael Menezes
14. Alex Montoro
15. Jakub Niedermaier-Reed
16. Cassius O'Connell-White
17. Matthew Rangel-Alvares
18. Bertie Smart
19. Camden Stewart
20. Rocco Tesei
21. Sam Wiggin
22. Lucas Wood

Artistic Director - Robert Prizeman
Flute - Candice Hamel
Keyboards - Joshua Madine
Percussion - Jonathan Ormston

Tom singing "Ave Maria" ~ photo by Official Libera
 
Libera during the final applause!! :D






The song list is amazing! This may be the best song list that includes Christmas carols ever! First, the audience got to hear Voca Me. But add to that Wexford Carol, Carol of the Bells, Ave Maria, Wayfaring Stranger, Amazing Grace, Song of Life, and How Shall I Sing That Majesty. Now as if that isn't over-the-top spectacular enough, they ended with What a Wonderful World!!! Whaaaat?!!  I think I'm going to faint. Seriously. Some songs were replaced or moved around compared to the program, (but I'll notate that) so that makes it the same song list as at last month's London concert but in a slightly different order.

Robert Prizeman stood down on the main floor at a music stand at the center. There were 9 other musicians besides the 3 listed above, so I am assuming they were hired in Russia as Libera usually does.

Song List - 

1.   Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
2.   Joy to the World
Speech - Alex Gula spoke in Russian. He said, "Welcome! Welcome to our show. We are very happy to visit your beautiful country. Thank you for coming to our evening." Next applause and he announced the next song, "What Child Is This."   Thanks to Антон Беляев who wrote a comment to the blog below. :)
3.   What Child Is This - solo by Isaac with Ciaran
4.   The Prayer - solo by Isaac, high notes by Tom DL
5.   Sanctus - middle harmony and last "Sanctus Sanctus by Bertie
6.   Voca Me - high notes by Lucas, last "Voca me" by Ciaran
7.   Wexford Carol (replaced Still, Still, Still) - solo in Gaelic by Isaac
8.   Carol of the Bells - high part by Tom and Lucas, last "Ding dong" by Isaac
9.   Ave Maria - solo by Tom (who was top-of-form!), harmony on second verse by 8 boys
10. How Shall I Sing That Majesty - solo by Lucas and Alessandro, high notes by Tom

~Interval~

11. Conditor Alme Siderum - sung a capella while walking on stage with Sam starting and others joining in
12. Angels We Have Heard On High
13. Away In a Manger - solo by Alex Gula on the third verse
14. Wayfaring Stranger - solo by Sam
15. Amazing Grace - solo by Ciaran
16. Gaudete - solo by Lucas
17. Song of Life - solo by Isaac
18. How Great Thou Art- solo by Sam
19. Silent Night - solo by Tom
Speech - Alex Gula spoke in Russian
20. In Dulci Jubilo

Encore - What a Wonderful World - solo Isaac


There were very long applause after each song with many in the audience yelling "Bravo!" After the last song, the applause and yelling were so long and loud, that Robert Prizeman had to motion to the audience to quiet down a bit so they could sing "What a Wonderful World" for the encore! Yay, for Russian fans!!! It sounds like they LOVE Libera!!! :D

The concert program is printed in Russian Cyrillic and English!

Concert program cover

Concert program song list part 1

Concert program song list part 2

Concert program explaining Libera



If you would like to see more fans photos (especially if you can read Russian Cyrillic) you can join 
1. The Russian fan forum vk.com/liberafans
2. Russian blogger George's site Chori ANGeLORUM

George should have his concert review written by tomorrow.  

Stay tuned for Patrick's full review of the concert! We need to let him fly home first. :D

Libera leaving the concert hall.

Congratulations on such a great concert, boys! :D

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Libera Is In Russia!


Exciting news! Libera has landed in Moscow, Russia!  Libera posted a few photos from the airport as they were arriving.

Passports ready for going through airport immigration! Is Isaac licking his? lol
Alessandro, Alex G, Isaac, Camden ~ looks like they all have 
British passports, but I think Alex's is from Poland. :D

No jet lag here!!!


Libera was also featured in a Moscow Times newspaper article which you can read here and in a Sputnik News article that you can read here for English and here for Spanish. It says that 24 boys are going on the trip and that one of the songs they will sing is "Carol of the Bells." The Russian Orthodox Christmas is celebrated January 7, so that's why there are still Christmas decorations in Moscow and why Libera will be singing some Christmas carols.

Sputnik News even interviewed Robert Prizeman and Thomas Delgado-Little! It says that Tom is very excited about the trip (I would be, too!) and said, "I want to go to Moscow and see the snow, because it doesn't snow in London. The choir has never visited Russia, and doing so now will be a great adventure for all of us." I hope you have so much fun, boys!!

Our friend, Patrick from Paris, arrived in Moscow yesterday for the concert. He shared some pictures of what the boys will be able to see today. 

Moscow train station

Metro train map ~ looks as easy as London, but it's written in Cyrillic!

Beautiful decorations on the streets of Moscow




Red Square Christmas market and ice skating rink

Red Square Christmas market and ice skating rink


 GUM Department Store which is also off Red Square

Isn't it magical?!!




The famous St. Basil's Cathedral and its beautiful domes!

  
Libera's concert is tomorrow night at 6:00 pm Moscow time. That means it is at 3:00 pm London time and 9:00 am Chicago time. I can't wait to hear how it goes and how the Russian audience reacts!