Monday, July 27, 2015

Exeter, UK Concert

Tonight was Libera's 1st summer concert, and it was held at the Exeter Cathedral in Exeter, UK! The boys are on a choir tour with 2 stops in southwest England, and then they are off for a concert in Osaka, Japan!

Beautiful lights! ~ pic by Luke Avery

Libera rehearsing before the concert ~ pic by Libera

There were 29 boys listed, but apparently Taichi rehearsed earlier but did not sing in the concert. Hope he is OK. It's great to see that Kavana is back in the singing line-up! 

The song list is full of awesome Libera favorites plus a new song, "Nearer My God to Thee." We sing that hymn here in the US, but I'm not sure if it's the same tune as the one we know.

Choristers -

1.   Marc Alvares
2.   Shay Balsekar
3.   Leo Barron
4.   Ciaran Bradbury-Hickey
5.   Merlin Brouwer
6.   Benedict Bywater
7.   Gabriel Collins
8.   Kavana Crossley
9.   Thomas Delgado-Little
10. Tadhg Fitzgerald
11. Alex Gula
12. Adam Izghouti
13. Matthew Jansen
14. Timothy Lee
15. Isaac London
16. Matthew Madine
17. Alessandro MacKinnon-Botti
18. James Menezes
19. Michael Menezes
20. Alex Montoro
21. Oliver Mycka
22. Cassius O'Connell-White
23. Taichi Shinokubo
24. Camden Stewart
25. Rocco Tesei
26. Mark Ustynovych-Repa
27. Joseph Walshe
28. Sam Wiggin
29. Lucas Wood 

Musical Director - Robert Prizeman
Assistant Musical Directors - Steven Geraghty & Sam Coates

Violins - Carina Vince, Rowan Patterson
Viola - Andrew Gillett
Cello - Hilary Boxer
Double Bass - Patrick Butterly
Percussion - Jon Fairey
Flute/Recorder - Lucille Burns
Clarinet - Paul Sanders
Oboe - Jesse Bescoby
Horn - Raoul Neumann
Piano/Keyboards - Josh Madine

Sound Production - Sam Coates
Stage Direction - Steven Geraghty
Stage Management - Jonathan Barrington &  Kavana Crossley
Lighting - Luke Avery
Libera Co-ordination & Chaperones - Barbara Geraghty & Eleanor Lewis
Production Co-ordination - Andrew Winter

Song List - 

1.   Joyful, Joyful
2.   Sanctus
3.   Amazing Grace
4.   Voca Me
5.   The Prayer
6.   Sacris Solemnis - solo Isaac with Alex M. & Lucas
7.   Song of Life
8.   Salva Me
9.   Exultate

- Interval -

10. Mysterium - solo Alessandro
11. Orinoco Flow
12. How Great Thou Art
13. Dreaming of Home
14. O For the Wings of a Dove
15. Wayfaring Stranger
16. Stay With Me - solo Merlin with Lucas
17. Nearer My God to Thee - new song!
18. How Shall I Sing That Majesty

Encore - Wonderful World 

Libera during the Exeter concert ~ photo by Libera

Song list ~ photo by Dani

Chorister and staff list ~ photo by Dani

Exeter and Christchurch concert posters ~ photo by Libera

Tomorrow Libera has a concert in Christchurch, UK. Stay tuned for more! :D

Friday, May 22, 2015

New "America the Beautiful" Music Video

Today Libera released their new music video for "America the Beautiful." It's beautiful and touching! My great-grandparents emigrated from Ireland to America just as they show in this video. Libera says this video is "in honour of the many emigrants across the world who have sought and continue to seek freedom from disease, poverty, starvation, war and repression." Thank you, Libera!

On May 3, Libera flew to Ireland and filmed this video on the famine ship SS Dunbrody in New Ross, Ireland. Here are some of the photos from the day of filming.

Gabe Collins, Isaac London, Alex Gula, Ben Bywater, Marc Alvares, 
Sam Wiggin, Tom Cooper, Ciaran Bradbury-Hickey, Camden Stewart,
Lucas Wood, Adam Izghouti, Alessandro MacKinnon-Botti
Missing from picture - Tom Delgado-Little (maybe he was the photographer) :D

Another Tom C, but not Cully, newbie Tom Cooper

I love this! Obviously getting ready to emigrate to America and become barons of industry. hehe

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Guildford, UK Concert 2015

View of Guildford Cathedral ~ photo by Quentin

Guildford Cathedral ~ photo by Taka

It's a beautiful day for a Libera concert! Libera's Guildford concert has started! The fans lined up early and have been in their seats excitedly waiting.

Libera crew setting up ~ photo by Patrick

Stage view from balcony ~ photo by Patrick

Sunlight streaming in ~ photo by Luke Avery

There are 31 boys with 6 newbies! That stage is going to be packed with happy singers! I wonder if Finn Wood is related to Lucas Wood or Jakob de Menezes-Wood. :)

1.   Marc Alvares
2.   Shay Balsekar
3.   Leo Barron*
4.   Emanuele Borrelli*
5.   Ciaran Bradbury-Hickey
6.   Merlin Brouwer
7.   Benedict Bywater
8.   Gabriel Collins
9.   Tom Cooper*
10. Thomas Delgado-Little
11. Tadhg Fitzgerald*
12. Alex Gula
13. Adam Izghouti
14. Matthew Jansen
15. Timothy Lee
16. Isaac London
17. Matthew Madine
18. Alessandro MacKinnon-Botti
19. James Menezes
20. Michael Menezes
21. Alex Montoro
22. Oliver Mycka*
23. Cassius O'Connell-White
24. Taichi Shinokubo
25. Camden Stewart
26. Rocco Tesei
27. Mark Ustynovych-Repa
28. Joseph Walshe
29. Sam Wiggin
30. Finn Wood*
31. Lucas Wood


Musical Director - Robert Prizeman
Assistant Musical Directors - Steven Geraghty & Sam Coates

Keyboard & Piano - Joshua Madine
Percussion - Jonathan Ormston
Strings - The Silken Strings
Flute & Recorder - Candice Hamel
Clarinet - Jessie Grimes
Horn - Raoul Neumann
Oboe - Jesse Bescoby

Sound Production - Sam Coates
Stage Direction - Steven Geraghty
Stage Management - Kavana Crossley & Simon Lewis
Lighting - Luke Avery
Concert Management - Steven Philipp & Dave Stephens
Libera Co-ordination & Chaperoning - Barbara Geraghty & Eleanor Lewis
Production Co-ordination - Andrew Winter 

The boys arrived early for sound check...

Photo by Patrick

Photo by ontic
Photo by Taka

Photo by Taka

Ben Bywater & Alex Gula ~ photo by Libera

Taichi Shinokubo ~ photo by Libera

Alex Gula, Alessandro MacKinnon-Botti, Cassius O'Connell-White,
Ciaran Bradbury-Hickey, Isaac London, Ben Bywater, Taichi Shinokubo
~ photo by Libera

...then went to get something to eat. Here they are arriving back at the cathedral.

Photo by Patrick

Photo by Patrick

Photo by Patrick

Photo by Patrick

The song list is excellent as always. "Lullaby" and "Danny Boy" are not listed, but they were not listed on the US program and were still sung. "Wonderful World" is also not listed for this concert. Maybe one of those will be the encore? "Dreaming of Home" replaces "Going Home" from the US concerts. That seems like a nicer song to sing when you are at home in the UK and singing to your parents in the audience anyway. I'm sure the boys are always happy to be singing at home. :)

1.   Joyful, Joyful
2.   Sanctus
3.   Amazing Grace
4.   Voca Me
5.   The Prayer
6.   How Can I Keep From Singing
7.   Lullaby (not listed on program)
8.   Salva Me
9.   Morning Has Broken
10. Danny Boy (not listed on program)
11. Exultate

- Interval -

12. Always With You
13. Orinoco Flow
14. How Great Thou Art
15. Dreaming of Home
16. O For the Wings of a Dove
17. Song of Life
18. Wayfaring Stranger
19. How Shall I Sing That Majesty

Encore - 

Waiting for the concert to start ~ photo by Patrick
Fantastic photo from during the concert! ~ photo by Libera

During the concert you can see newbies sitting to the side
during some songs ~ photo by Libera

During the concert with newbies on stage ~ photo by Libera

Guildford Concert Program ~ photo by Patrick

Signed concert program ~ photo by Yumiko

Concert program song list ~ photo by Patrick

Concert program choristers list ~ photo by Patrick

Concert program musician list ~ photo by Patrick

Concert program crew list ~ photo by Patrick

Stay Tuned for More!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

New "America the Beautiful" Music Video Coming!

Libera is filming a new music video of "America the Beautiful" which will be released on Friday, May 22, 2015 in time for USA Memorial Day! It is dedicated to all those who have served or are serving in the military. Can't wait to see it! :D

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Libera Is Going to South Korea!

Congratulations to South Korea! It appears that Libera will be performing 2 concerts in South Korea this summer! Don't buy your airplane and train tickets just yet. The announcement has not been officially made by Libera UK, but Seoul Arts Management, who handled their last South Korea tour, has announced it here. Tickets are not yet available.

Seoul, South Korea
    Saturday, July 25 at 5:00 p.m. 
    Kyung Hee University Grand Peace Palace
    26, Kyungheedae-ro, Dongdaemun-gu
    Phone: +82-2-961-0114

Suwon, South Korea
    Sunday, July 26 at 5:00 p.m.
    Gyeonggi Arts Center
    1117 In Gye Dong, Paldal-gu
    Phone: +82-31-230-3200

In the meantime, you can vote for your favorite Libera Korea Tour concert poster. The winning poster designer gets 2 VIP tickets to Libera's concert. I think there were 46 posters submitted. These are the 3 finalists. It's so hard to choose!

UPDATE: 2 winners were selected!



You can vote by friend requesting Seoul ArtsManagement's Facebook page and, once that is accepted, clicking "like" on the picture of the poster you like best. Voting ends Wednesday, April 22 Korea time. More details are here.

Monday, April 6, 2015

San Antonio Concert

San Antonio concert program cover

Libera's second concert on their Spring 2015 Tour was in beautiful San Antonio, Texas! The song list and soloists were the same as for the Boston concert. The other news is that Lucas had to stay home due to illness. We miss him on the tour and hope he is feeling better already. 

My mom's friend lives in San Antonio and got to go to the concert with another friend. She had never heard of Libera before and said the concert was so amazing that she got a CD! She said the Meet & Greet line was super fun, and Libera has 2 new fans!

Now on to the really great pictures! :D

Tobin Center ~ photo by Kent

The Tobin Center looks beautiful inside. There were a lot of people there.



The M&G was in a separate room. The line reminds me of Korea where it was so long it went around the corner, up the stairs, and around the corner again!

Pictures of all the boys!

Ciaran Bradbury-Hickey, Isaac London

Alessandro Mackinnon-Botti, Ben Bywater, James Menezes

Matthew Madine, Merlin Brouwer
Rocco Tesei, Alex Gula
Michael Menezes, Alex Montoro
Camden Stewart, Timothy Lee

Sam Wiggin, Gabriel Collins

Mark Ustynovych-Repa, Shay Balsekar

Joe Walshe, Adam Izghouti

Cassius O'Connell-White, Taichi Shinokubo, Matthew Jansen

Marc Alvares, Tom Delgado-Little

The boys also signed a huge poster for the Tobin Center to keep!



Congratulations to Libera on a great concert!