The church seats 1,200 and was so packed for the 11:00 am Easter morning service that 100-200 people were standing in the back! The church choir was above and behind us in the organ loft. And there were some extras singing with the church choir. The "really big people" (as Kavana calls the ex-members) got to sing as well! I saw them all being herded up there before the service started. :)
Inside the church obviously AFTER Easter morning service
View of organ loft. Left of organ had timpani, strings, trumpet &
trombone. The Libera boys & choir were all to the right of the organ!
The service was really nice, with the boys singing three numbers during the service on the platform, and then walking from the front to the back during communion (right past us!) to get to the choir loft in the back. I was watching Ben and Stefan before they started singing and they were totally cracking up the lady next to them. :) They joined the choir in singing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. It was great! The entire church stood and turned around to look up at them. After they had finished the whole room burst into applause! It was magical! It was a really great service and a lot of the church people seemed very excited for the concert that night!
View from organ loft
You can see how small the organ loft is!
This is a CTV News report on Libera at the Easter morning service. Thank you to karrak57 for uploading it!
Ralph describing the church - "It was amazing, cause we've never been in, well we have, but not in such a colorful, lovely, just amazing church."
Kavana - "And the size of it is actually mind-blowing."
Joe Carere, church music director and organist - "To know that they were coming to be with us today was a big honor." Of Libera's talent - "It's out of this world really. Pure English boy-choir sound. There's nothing like it."
Ralph on traveling to Canada - "It was the most amazing experience of my life. We went to the top of the CN Tower and wow!"
Arriving early at the church for the concert - parking area in back
Front door of church. Premium tickets entered
early through right door. General admission
after that through left door.
That night the concert was awesome! There were 900-1000 people there! My mom and I got to sit in the front row, and my dad sat in the row right behind us. This was his 2nd Libera concert. He says he's a good fan. lol. I asked him what his favorite song was later and he said it was "How Shall I Sing That Majesty." It IS an amazing way to end a concert.
Stage with Steven & Simon back left, strings back right
The church doesn't have a piano, so Mr. Prizeman used 2 keyboards.
Love the old man waving to me! Photo bomb! lol
People sat all the way over to the sides!
All of the boys seemed to be really "on" for their last concert. The solos and harmonies were so great. I didn't want it to end. The only really different thing that happened was that Liam tripped over his tongue a little during his speech. He said "sometimes our voices change quidramatic..blebleblebleble." But what great stage presence! He just kept going and said his next line, "It's exciting to discover your new voice, and to learn the lower parts...and to get all your words right..." he added. That got a really big laugh. :D Way to keep your head, Liam! :)
At the end when all the boys were waving I gave them all a thumbs up, and Daniel gave it right back to me! Then when they walked off, Daniel stopped at the side of the stage to wave to my mom and I who were still waving. Ralph bumped into him and then turned around to wave to us too! :) This has been a really great tour! Can't wait to see them again! USA! USA! USA! :)
Now you can see Carlos!
Bye Libera! Hope you had a good trip home! And hope to see you again soon!
Here is an article in the Guelph Mercury newspaper about the concert. It is short, but there is a picture of Ralph, Stefan & Daniel.