Saturday, August 28, 2010

Nashville Slideshow

This is a video slideshow I did for YouTube. No one ever did a video of the Nashville concert, so I figured I would.  :)  All the pictures were taken by me.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Ed Day on Twitter

Ed Day would like everyone to follow him on Twitter at "EdDayTheEagle." He tweeted about 4 hours ago:

everyone please tell all your fb friends, twitter followers, blog readers, friends and fello libera fans to follow me please. Thanks x

He's not in Libera anymore. He says that he and Zak are starting a blues duo. Nice!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

St. Louis Video Taken by My Parents!

My parents went to Libera's amazing concert in St. Louis on August 5, 2010 and took a video of the Meet & Greet. All pictures are ours except the church interior pictures which are from Roberto and Mary Jo. You can see Roberto's sweet, Bolivian mother excitedly push ahead of my mom. She is the biggest Libera fan, and later you can see her try to go behind the table. :) I think she told Alex she loves him! lol  It looks like it was a really fun M&G. And, of course, there's the awesome Libera boys! Thank you to you, Mr. Prizeman, staff and volunteers for coming to the US and sharing your beautiful music with us!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Libera Official US Tour Video

Libera did a slideshow of their US Tour already! It's really cute! They did so much fun stuff! Daniel with his passport, LOVE Josh in the cowboy hat!!!, hayride, birthday party, cool Arch pic, I see my parents in the St. Louis crowd pic!, funny parachute pic (what on earth?!), the pic of Josh's profile with the poster of his profile (we were just to the right of Mr. Philipp!), Coca Cola World is so much fun - love the little & big bottles with Mini James & Jonathan, and rollerblading! How about THAT! Love this!

Ft. Worth Video

I also like this video of the Ft. Worth Meet & Greet done by LibeLA143.

In the beginning it's cute how Stefan is playing with his water bottle. Liam signs by his shadow picture on the small poster and says, "That, I think, is me...from ages ago." Notice at the end of the video that Josh and Ben sign above certain shadow pictures. Maybe their own. ???  Jonathan didn't sing at the Ft. Worth concert, and Henry says Jonathan is "slightly ill, but he's O.K." The girls get Cassius to meow again, and Matthew says, "Cassius, you're too much."  Ha! Little Luke puts his arm around even littler Cassius. Cute video with nice pictures also.  :)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Congratulations to Callum!

Callum Payne is getting married today! Congratulations to him and his new wife, Vicki! He's only 18, which by American standards is very young to be getting married, but by American standards he is also very mature and responsible for his age. So he must know that he's ready.  :)

You can follow Callum and his career at his blog He said on there that he would like for Libera people to know about his blog and feel free to read it. He's also on Facebook if you'd like to "Like" Callum Payne. :)

Later edit: Got a message from Callum's blog saying that it has been closed.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Dallas Video

I'm now going to post my favorite videos from each of the 5 concerts. But didn't anyone take a video of Nashville? The Atlanta video is actually a slide show of all MY photos. Ha! I could've done that. I didn't take video cause my parents did in St. Louis, and I wanted to take pictures and talk to the boys. Perhaps someone will put something up for Nashville soon, otherwise I'll have to make a slideshow of my photos.  :)

This is the cutest video from the Dallas Meet & Greet by LibeLA143.

This video was taken by some Philippino girls who live in San Francisco and flew all the way to Dallas for 2 concerts. They are great fans! I like that they know each of the boys' names. We find out that Liam went to San Francisco on holiday once. Poor Jonathan was definitely sick. He has a jacket on even though Liam commented that it was very hot in Dallas. Ralph says he's immune to jet lag. Lucky guy! I love how Daniel and Kavana actually TRY to make conversation with people. And the girls even chased down Ben Crawley after the concert! Great video! Thanks for sharing!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Awesome News from Josh and Liam!

There is a new video of the Atlanta M&G that I'd rather not post on here, but it does have one good part to it. In it the man videotaping says to Josh, "Will you come back next year?" And Josh replies, "I'll be here" and smiles.

When he gets to Liam, Liam says, "I'm not going anywhere....Now I'm doing high tenor, and it's still loads of fun, and I'm NOT going anywhere. I'm staying right here where I am."

Isn't that awesome?! They must know they're staying or they wouldn't say that. Sweet!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Libera's Mystery Writer

Libera has a blog you can read at They just posted the last of 3 installments describing their U.S. Tour. Many people have been wondering who the writer is. I think it's one of the older boys like Josh, since it's so well-written. Some think it is Liam. The blog also has really good photos to go with each section. Here are the 3 installments with my comments:

August 8, 2010

Thurday the 30th July was the day we, Libera, left for our tour of some of the Southern states of the USA. As America is behind us in time, we managed to arrive in Dallas that very evening, which was rather useful, as we could fall asleep instantly; and rather comfortably, may I add, as the suites in this hotel were fantastic – fit for a king (although not an English one – George III take note). (Sweet!)

In our first state, Texas, we went into the centre of Fort Worth to see a cattle drive. It was just like in the movies. (We went when I was little. How about those Texas Longhorn steers?! Reeeaaally long horns! My biggest memory was getting a real, red cowgirl hat. I thought I was Jessie from ToyStory.) Dust, cowboys and wagons – I even said to one cowboy “howdy!” and he replied “howdy, partner!” How cool is that?! (Very!) We later went to the nearest science museum, where there was a 4-D film showing the beginning of time right up to present day. It was really nasty when the dinosaur in the film roared, as spittle produced from the back of the seats in front of us was flung in our faces. (lol) Obviously, as dinosaurs no longer exist, it wasn’t real spittle, only water, but it was a real surprise. 4-D is really clever and very realistic! That same day, we went to the ranch of these very nice Texan people, who made us lovely Tex-Mex food, (yum!) and we took a hayride around their estate to see their animals. The had llamas, moose – I think antelopes as well. They basically had a whole zoo on their land! It was awesome. They also let us use their pool, which was very nice of them. (Super cool!)

The Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church was really nice. It was really big, and completely white inside, so that if we stood against a wall in our robes, all that would have been visible would have been a head or hands! The service that we attended was different to the ones we normally sing at, but good different. Everyone was very welcoming, and there was a really pleasant atmosphere. (That's great!) We later did a concert in the same church, and that went rather well. I was surprised at how many fans there were from that part of the US! (Really? I'm not surprised.) For lunch we went to another kind person’s house, where we had traditional American dishes, like burgers and hotdogs. (Yup, we do eat those quite a bit. We say we're "grilling out" or "having a cookout") It was really cool. A few of us started to play this game called Taboo, where you have to make the people on your team guess the thing you have been assigned to describe, without using certain words. It was really fun. (We LOVE Taboo! Don't you have that in England? Try Catch Phrase, too. Very fun!)

The next evening, we performed a concert in the Arborlawn United Methodist Church. That church was even bigger than the previous one, and this one was shaped a bit like the Church in The Simpsons! The start of this performance was really atmospheric, as we walked up in lines from the back of the church with our hoods up, so we looked like monks. There were also these air-con fans on the floor, and if we stood on top of them in our robes, it inflated them and made us look really fat. It was quite funny. We had a good load of people coming to this concert too, and they all seemed to really enjoy it. We were glad about that. (Heard it was a really good concert. Sorry I wasn't there.)

August 10, 2010

We woke up on the hangover of the concert and left Fort Worth at 10:00 to go to St. Louis. I won’t go into much detail here, as it was mainly 14 hours of eating, endless rounds of Mario vs. Luigi, and some music and reading. (lol) We arrived in St. Louis at roughly midnight and went to bed instantly, for we were all really tired.

The next day, however, was a little bit more interesting! We got up fairly late, and then we spent the morning at the zoo. That was really fun. We went to the insect bit, where we saw this colony of ants trying to cut up leaves and bring them back to their homes. It’s amazing how clever and intuitive some creatures can be. Then we went to the butterfly sanctuary, where there were butterflies everywhere. It was especially cool in there because some of the butterflies were adventurous enough to land on unmapped soil, namely our hands. (Isn't that so fun?!) We also got to see a sea lion show, which was really cool. The sea lions had been trained to high-five, and jump through hoops, and the classic trick of balancing the ball on the tip of the nose. And we all thought that sea lions would feel smooth and slippery, but in fact they have short hairs, and so the feel like a straw-haired dog. That was really fun!

We spent the rest of the day at the arch that towers over the dock by the Mississippi (I spelt it right!). (We grow up spelling it reeeaally fast or saying, "M-I-crooked letter-crooked letter-I-crooked letter-crooked letter-I-hump back-hump back-I." Is that weird? lol) It was amazing at first glance – we were all surprised by how 2-D it looked from the front, and we all wondered how on earth we would get to the viewing compartment at the top. Of course, we all expected there to be a lift. But, much to our surprise, there was no lift. Not even a long flight of stairs. Not even an escalator. Instead, there were eight tiny and terrifyingly flimsy pods that were supposed to contain five people at a time. Getting to the top was so scary, as the pods kept on shaking about, and it felt like we were going to drop to our deaths any minute! It was really fun. (Like a carnival ride!) The view from the top was spectacular, as there was the shadow of the arch looming across the landscape on either side, and we felt as if we were the eyes of a God. Getting to the ground again wasn’t as scary as getting up to the top. It was a lot faster, and therefore lots quicker. When we got to the bottom, we went to the museum that was under the arch. That was quite interesting, because it had tepees, and a lot of things about native American culture, as well as the industrial revolution. (That part IS very interesting.) It also had some information as to how the arch was built. It’s quite scary to think that builders were just situated on top of it while it was being made!

The day after our excursion to the arch, we performed at the basilica of St. Louis. Wow. What a venue! The basilica was huge, and as most of you know it’s famous for its 8-second echo. (Actually, I didn't know that. Now I do.) For us, this echo had a lot of advantages; we could play with the sound and the blend of the different vocal parts. To give an even more detailed example, the older boys, who have really powerful low voices, could end phrases earlier than the floaty trebles, because the sound of the lower people carries on with the echo, but blends much better as a result, rather than belting it out for as long as the more subtle parts. We also used the higher balconies for Stefan and Ralph’s “aah” parts in Mysterium at the opening of the second half. That was really clever because Ralph was on one side and Stephan was on the other, so there was an illusion that Libera was all around the audience, not just on the stage! (My parents said it was really great!) Anyway, the feedback from the fans at the signing after the concert was very good, and after a hard day’s work I’m glad we were able to impress the fans. (Yup, you did!)

The day after the concert we left for Nashville, Tennessee, the home of country music. It was really cool. We went down a typical street in Nashville the day after we arrived. There were so many music shops! And we saw a Hard Rock CafĂ©, and everyone knows how cool those places are. We also went to a hands-on science place, which was pretty awesome. There was this star walk, where inside it was pitch black, apart from stars above, around and underneath us. The platform we were walking on was transparent, so it felt like we were walking on thin air. There seemed to be no bottom to this maze, which made it all the more terrifying! The route round was twisty, and in the dark it was really confusing. And the screams from the scared people all around didn’t help much! It was so much fun. (I want to go there!) Obviously, in public places, when we’re all dressed the same, it’s no surprise that people come up to talk to us and ask why we’re in uniform. But what did surprise me was how polite these people were. (Really? I thought most Americans ARE very polite. we have rude tourists to London or something? Sorry about that.) They were really nice, and everyone we have met on this tour so far has always been so welcoming. (Good!)

After this science trip, we went to this really cool bouncy castle place, where there were inflatable rock-climbing walls with slides on the other side, towers where to climb to the top we needed to climb up through endless webs of elastic straps! (A lot of American kids have birthday parties at those places.) There was also an arena with lots of objects to throw and ridiculously oversized boxing gloves. Don’t worry, they were soft gloves – no bruises! (That would've been really funny to watch!) It was really fun, and everyone was exhausted by the end of the day. That was a good thing, because we could crash out straight away, as we had a long day ahead of us.

On Sunday, we performed at the Brentwood United Methodist Church four times – in all 3 masses in the morning, and obviously the concert in the evening. (I was there!!!) The middle mass was really cool, because it was musically oriented, so there was a band with an electric bass, an electric acoustic guitar, two keyboards, three main singers, and a drummer who was whacking those cymbals and crash drums with all his strength. It was pretty cool. Between masses, I wrote the first part of this blog. We performed “Sanctus” and “How Can I Keep From Singing” at each of the masses, like a taster or a demo version of the concert. I noticed in the concert a few faces from the masses in the morning, which was good because we caught the gaze of a few more people on our way around the states. The concert in the evening went really really well, according to our fans. Once again, we were glad that they enjoyed the concert. (As I've written before, it was AMAZING!)

At the time of writing we are on the coach to Atlanta, so we are now leaving Tennessee sadly, and we are preparing for our first time change since our arrival in Fort Worth, although it is only an hour.

August 15, 2010

We arrived in Atlanta on Monday, quite late. We were invited to a house for dinner, which was very enjoyable. It was a traditional Georgian meal of chicken and dumplings, beans and mash, with peach cobbler, and it was delicious. (We think you are talking about fried chicken, biscuits, green beans, mashed potatoes and yep, peach cobbler. They grow a lot of peaches in Georgia.) We even had live music playing in the house from two guys playing on guitar and drums. (Nice!)

It was very kind of our hosts to look after us so well. The next day was concert day, and in the morning we stayed in the hotel relaxing, and watching films on the TVs in the rooms. The sound check in the afternoon was quite late, and there wasn’t a lot of time between us finishing the rehearsal and the doors opening, so we had to move swiftly.

The church had some pretty cool keyboard instruments within. There was an organ with five manuals and an amazing array of stops, and they also had a beautiful Bösendorfer piano, which is extremely expensive (about a quarter of a million pounds if you’re willing!) and has an extra fifth at the bottom. It was lovely to play. (Another reason to think this is written by Liam since he plays the piano! Although the picture shows Sam actually sitting at the piano.) I suppose if I have that money in my wallet when I’m older I’ll buy one! Our final concert went very well, and the audience was pleased with it, as were we. (It was so awesome!) It was good to see some familiar faces at the signing after the concert. (Hope you'll include me! lol) It was quite sad that we were ending yet another tour, (yes, very) however we still had a few days left for sightseeing and fun, wearing our beloved white or black hooded T-shirts that draw attention to us everywhere. (Wonder what else you did. Did you go to Six Flags? Great roller coasters!)

We had an amazing time on tour, and we’d love to come back to the States soon! (And we'd LOVE it if you WOULD!)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Safely Home!

Ben Crawley tweeted about 2 hours ago:

Back in Laandaan town... Jet lag here we come.

So happy they are safely home!  :)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Atlanta Concert Photos

These are pictures I took at the Atlanta concert. At the Meet & Greet I didn't bother taking individual pics again since the guys hadn't changed much in 2 days. lol  So I concentrated on group pics and just getting to talk to them more. It was sooo fun!

Excellent concert poster that the church designed and printed.

Concert program also designed by the church. It has a picture of each boy, and they photoshopped
 Matthew Jansen's pic so he looks like he has a white robe on also.

Front of the church before the concert. Piano is on the left, organ back left, Fiona played back right,
string quartet far right and Mr. Prizeman directed to my close right.

The audience. You can see Audrey in the center. She was the one at the Crystal Cathedral concert who got to go up on stage and meet the guys. We met her and her family while waiting in line before the concert and told her she is famous! Our moms took pictures of us together. They are super nice!

Other side of the audience.


Line for the Meet & Greet.

The line starts to move!

Luke, Cassius, Matthew Jansen & Henry
Don't they look like they are having fun?!

Matthew and Freddie

Mini James and Daniel

Kavana, Mini James and Daniel's hand drawings

Ralph and Sam

Carlos, Stefan, JT and Ralph
Sorry Ralph's eyes are closed, but I have other great pics of him. :)

Jakob & Tiarnan

Ben & Josh
 I challenge anyone to take a better picture than this!  :)

Jonathan & Liam

Sammy & Alex

 End of the line. I love this pic! There is so much going on. The Japanese girls taking pics. The police officer we talked to at the beginning of the M&G who apparently is now a Libera fan! lol  Someone, I think Jonathan, sticking his feet out from under the table. Sammy watching it all happen. Kavana, Mini James and Daniel still drawing on their hands. Callum standing in the back. And all the little ones on the right goofing off and talking to a church employee we met earlier in the day. Hilarious!  :)

And we do, too!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Atlanta Concert

Just got back to the hotel from the Atlanta concert! It was great! We got seats front and center on the aisle! (squeals of delight!) It was amazing because we could actually hear their voices, not just through the microphones, but right in front of us! Those little ones can sing! They've got some great singers moving up through the ranks.

Freddie, Matthew Jansen, Matthew R-A and Luke were on the right side, and they sing high, loudly and clearly! Mini-James, Cassius, Kavana and I think Carlos and Henry were on the left. (Sorry if I got that wrong.) We distinctly heard Kavana's voice. He has an excellent voice and can sing high or low. At one point Sam was front left, and we heard his rich, full voice! Wow! Unless they have solos, we don't know what they sound like cause they're singing harmony. It was pretty cool to hear. Stefan, Smiley Daniel :) , Ralph, Sammy, Jakob, Mini James, Alex, and Carlos again did a great job on their solos.

During the transition from one song to the next, they were all moving into place, and Henry JUMPED down from the steps above and his robe went "whoosh." So cute!

Cassius had a bit of a coughing attack during "Going Home," and then had to do his speaking part right afterwards. As soon as the lights went down, Cassius didn't move, so several of the middle-age boys grabbed him and pushed him to center stage. Stefan had his hand on Cassius' shoulder until he started to speak. Poor Cassius swallowed hard and said his speech perfectly without coughing anymore.

I mentioned in my Nashville review that Josh is always the first one to move and knows where everyone else should be. At one point Sammy was standing in front of Josh and Liam, and Josh grabbed him by the shoulders and physically moved him in front of Josh and Jonathan to center him. It also seems that Josh is always the first one to get into position, but now I'm noticing that Daniel is always the last. He glides very smoothly and calmly from one place to the other, and smiles the whole time. He gets there eventually. :D

The Meet & Greet was soooo much fun! First up was Henry. He signed his usual "HB" for his signature, so we told him we decided he should get a really cool signature, something like "King Henry." So he drew a crown above his "HB." lol

I talked to Matthew Jansen and found out that he is 9 years old but will be 10 in September. He was in a happy hyper mood.

Tom asked the little boys - Henry, Matthew Jansen, Cassius, Luke, Freddie and Matthew R-A what their favorite restaurant in the States is, and they all said, "Cracker Barrel!" The older boys said, "Johnny Rockets." They had just gone there for lunch.

We told them we made up little treat bags for each of them filled with American candy. Luke said, "I LOVE American candy!" lol

Daniel spilled his water on a program that he was signing and was so apologetic. Mrs. Lewis and Mrs. Geraghty wiped it up, and we said, "At least it's only water."

Daniel, Mini James and Kavana again drew smiley faces on their hands. Daniel's smiley had its tongue sticking out. Mini James's had a full stick figure saying "Hi." Kavana's had a speech bubble that said, "Thank You."

We told Sam about the candy we brought for them but added that the littler kids might like it more, so maybe the bigger kids could use their candy to get the littler ones to do things for them! Sam said, "Like a bribe." Exactly! Ha!

My mom high-fived Ralph for doing an even better job in Atlanta than he did in Nashville. He progressively got better from St. Louis to Nashville to Atlanta. Don't know how he did it, but he DID! I wished Ralph a "Happy Birthday" in 2 days. He'll still be in the States for his birthday, and I asked him if they have anything special planned. He said that Daniel knows what it is, then all the other boys chimed in, "We ALL know! You're the only one that doesn't!" :)

We told Stefan that he has a really nice signature. It's big and showy. JT said, "He stole that from me!" So we said, "Yeah, but look what we got...King Henry!" and showed them Henry's "HB" with the crown on top. So Stefan drew a crown on top of the picture of himself and gave himself a beard. He is VERY funny!

Tiarnan, Josh and Ben had drawn on their hands as well. Ben's was dots all up and down his hand, and he said he has a disease.  :)

They were all so nice and thanked us for coming to see them. So we said, "No, thank YOU for coming here." It was so great that they could come to the U.S. and put on these wonderful concerts for us. Thank you, Libera. Come again soon!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Nashville Concert Photos

These are pictures I took at the Nashville concert. A few are blurry but still good. And, yes, you may copy them if you'd like.

Before 1 of 3 morning church services.

The program for the concert.

Cool lighting before the concert.

Fiona warming up, Mr. Prizeman's director's area and the string quartet area.

Coming in for the Meet & Greet!

Matthew Rangel-Alvares

Matthew Jansen

Henry Barrington

Stefan Leadbeater

James Threadgill

Carlos Rodriguez

James Mordaunt

Daniel Fontannaz

Kavana Crossley

Ralph Skan

Sam Leggett

Luke Collins

Sammy Moriarty

Josh Madine

Alex Leggett

Jakob De Menezes-Wood

Liam Connery

Freddie Ingles

Cassius O'Connell-White

Ben Philipp

Tiarnan Branson

Jonathan Barrington

Waiting to meet Libera!

Josh & Alex

Freddie, Cassius, Ben and Tiarnan

Liam and Freddie

Ralph - there were a lot of little kids in attendance, even a small boys' choir!

Josh and Alex

Luke - I like the puppy behind him.  :)



Mini James, Daniel, Kavana & Ralph - I love this one!

And my favorite picture - the 4 cousins - Josh, Sam, Alex & Jakob. That's one handsome family!

End of the line. They still seemed to have energy left over!

Signed program!

Cool poster that Patrick gave to me to have signed! Thank you Patrick!