Saturday, March 30, 2013

Libera Tour Is Almost Here!

Hi! This is Lexi's mom, Lauren. I am very excited to be going to the 7 Libera concerts in Asia. I leave in just 13 hours! Lexi is sad that she cannot go. She is still at university and cannot miss classes. I will try to write updates as I am able. :)

The Taiwan concert tickets are selling very well. All 5 concerts have sold out of NT$500 and NT$800 tickets except there is 1 lonely NT$800 ticket left for Taichung concert.

Artemis Art has been doing a great job promoting Libera's first Taiwan tour.

They have fliers placed in the Eslite bookstores

and huge posters at the Eslite bookstores. I know a few people who would love to put one of those on their wall at home. :)

Eslite Kaohsiung

Eslite FEDS shop

Eslite Friends shop

Poster out front at Eslite Hsinchu

Eslite store

Eslite store

Eslite Zhanqian

Taiwan's FM98.9 radio station is playing Libera songs, and there have been many magazine and newspaper ads and articles. There is great excitement for Libera's world-premiere performance of "The Moon Represents My Heart."

Libera article in the Christian Tribune

Cover of MUZIK Magazine

PAR Magazine

PAR Magazine

Newspaper article

Newspaper article

Newspaper article about Robert Prizeman. It mentions
 that he graduated from the Royal Academy of Music.

Newspaper article

 All credit for these photos goes to Artemis Art.

A fan in Taipei named Jean took this picture of Libera banners on street lights.

Photo by Jean

Seoul Arts is doing a great job of advertising Libera's 2 Korea concerts. Those are selling well also. The Bundang concert at St. John's Cathedral has sold over 1,000 seats so far! 

The Seoul Sejong Center seats 3,000. It is 70% sold. There are only 8 seats left in the 99,000 won R Section, 467 in the 77,000 won S Section, 322 left in the 55,000 won A Section, and 100 left in the 33,000 won B Section.

Enyu shared a picture of Korea concert fliers that she is helping to pass out.

Photo by Enyu
And ads on the sides of Seoul buses. 

Photo by Enyu

I'm really looking forward to going to Libera's concerts and visiting Taiwan and Korea!    

Friday, March 29, 2013

Taiwan Autograph Sessions

Libera's first Taiwan concert is less than 4 days away! And we now know that there WILL be autograph signing sessions after the concerts! Awesome! :D

We already know that 26 boys will be on the tour. Artemis Art has revealed that there will be a poster with the 26 boys' pictures on it that will sell for 100 yuan. 5-6 boys will sign autographs at each concert, so if you go to all 5 Taiwan concerts, you'll get all 26 signatures. Gotta say I'm used to getting all the boys' signatures at 1 concert, but I think they've done this in Japan and Korea before because the crowds were so huge that the boys would've be there all night signing. Can't wait to find out which 26 boys will be there!

They will also be handing out balloons to some of the fans at the concert! 


Thank you to Artemis Art for the info and photos.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Taiwan Greetings Video

Libera has a new video out featuring Ben and Cassius! They send greetings to the Taiwan fans first in English and then in Chinese. According to some Chinese-speaking fans, their Chinese is very good! At one point, Ben looks like he doesn't even have to read the script, but can just effortlessly speak it. It is so nice of them to make the effort to learn Chinese! Great job!

Thank you to Artemis Art for posting this video!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

2013 Spring Tour Song List

Thanks to Libera's Taiwan concert promoter, Artemis Art, we now know the Spring Tour song list ahead of time! :D If this is a page from the concert program, these programs should be beautiful! Love the picture of Jude!!!

No new songs are listed, but it will be really fun to see who sings the solos. There were so many surprises last Spring in Singapore.

"The Moon Represents My Heart" sung in Chinese will probably be a special encore song. That should wow the crowd! And "Libera" should be an encore song also. Can't wait to find out! Only 9 days to go!

Song List:

1.  Dies Irae
2.  Gloria
3.  Song of Life
4.  Voca Me
5.  Sanctus
6.  I Vow To Thee, My Country
7.  Salva Me
8.  Eternal Light
9.  How Shall I Sing That Majesty


10. Orinoco Flow
11. Far Away
12. The Fountain
13. Grateful Heart
14. Ave Verum
15. How Can I Keep From Singing?
16. Stay With Me
17. Glory To Thee
18. Exultate     

Friday, March 15, 2013

Video With Parts of New Song "The Moon Represents My Heart"

Happy Friday! Artemis Art shared a video on their Facebook page of a TV news show reporting on Libera going to Taiwan. Part of it is a new Libera video of their new song "The Moon Represents My Heart" sung in Chinese! It sounds so beautiful! And at the end, Michael Ustynovych-Repa sings a solo! He is so cute! Hope Libera posts the full music video soon! :D

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Libera in MUZIK Magazine + A Surprise

Libera is on the cover of MUZIK magazine in Taiwan! On March 9 I ordered it, and received it only 3 days later! Amazingly fast! Thank you, Taiwan! :) Fan de Lok has a great tutorial here on how to buy this magazine from the Chinese web site.

Libera is also pictured on the Contents Page and listed as the Cover Story. It's funny to see them next to the Michael Jackson show. Quite a contrast. :)

There's a 4-page article about them. It's mostly in Chinese, so I can't understand it. It looks like it is written in an interview format. Wish I knew what it says! It also shows Libera's web site and lists their concert schedule. 

The magazine has a Spotlight Concerts section where all 5 Taiwan concerts are listed.

There's a surprise on page 59 - a full page ad for the "Ave Maria" double CD titled "Asia Tour Exclusive Version." The release date is March 15, but some selling sites say March 20. It appears to be the same double CD that was released in Japan in November 2012. The cover is a combination of pictures from 2011's The Christmas Album and the 2007 New Dawn album. The song list looks like it's the same as Japan. It's very exciting for Taiwan, though! :)

Song list:

Disc #1
1.   Air on the G String
2.   Ave Maria 
3.   Silent Night
4.   Far Away
5.   Ave Maria (a 2nd version?)
6.   Twilight
7.   Sing the Story
8.   Sanctissima
9.   Recordare
10. Mother of God
11. Jerusalem
12. Faithful Heart
13. Sempiterna 14. Waltz of the Snowflakes from "The Nutcracker" (Libera-chorus version)
15. La Khalifa (Libera - chorus version)

Disc #2 - same as "Song of Life - A Collection" album
1.   Salva Me
2.   Be Still My Soul
3.   Tallis's Canon
4.   Sanctus
5.   Song of Life
6.   Ave Verum
7.   You Were There
8.   Gaelic Blessing (Deep Peace)
9.   Voca Me
10. Adoro Te
11. Ave Virgo
12. I Am the Day
13. How Shall I Sing That Majesty
14. Abide With Me
15. Gloria
16. Panis Angelicus
17. I Vow To Thee My Country

You can order this CD on several sites -            388 yuan     Chinese     English                   449 yuan     Chinese     English            430 yuan     Chinese     English           430 yuan      Chinese     English     430 yuan     Chinese     English

Friday, March 8, 2013

New Libera Album Coming!

It's a happy day in Libera Land!!!!

Libera wrote a special greeting to the Korean fans. It almost sounds like what they would print in the concert programs. In the message they reveal some of the songs they will be singing in the concerts - "Sanctus," "Libera," "Salva Me," "Song of Life" and "Eternal Light." The Korea concert poster also lists "Time," "Far Away," "Love and Mercy" and "Stay With Me" as being in the program.

But then they say, "You will also hear some new music, which is only just about to appear on an album."

We know of at least one new song, the Chinese song "The Moon Represents My Heart." And it will be on a new album!!!!!! Maybe this explains the new photo shoot also. Cute pictures for inside the CD! Can't wait!!!! :D

Here's the full message from Libera to Korean fans. Thank you to Enyu for the translation. :)

Welcome to our Libera Concert!

We are so glad to be back in South Korea once again. Many years ago our very first international tour brought us here, to Seoul, and we have never forgotten the fantastic welcome we received. Indeed the enthusiasm and support was so encouraging that it gave us the confidence to travel more and more, and to take our music across the world. 

Although we are now quite accustomed to touring, there is always a great sense of excitement and anticipation as we begin a new season. Because Libera is a boys choir, the members gradually change as the years go on, so there are always new boys on stage, and new singers inheriting the solos and harmony parts from the older boys. New young 'mini-boys' as we call them, come away from home for the first time - some of them travel on a plane for the first time. So nothing in a boyschoir stays the same for long. 

As if to underline this, on this tour we have playing keyboards and working back stage many of the boys who once used to stand up front in their white robes.

We are singing many often popular Libera songs including some of our very first compositions, like 'Sanctus', 'Libera' and 'Salva Me', alongside more recent pieces like 'Song of Life' and 'Eternal Light'. You will also hear some new music, which is only just about to appear on an album. 

Music truly is an international language - it respects no boundaries, and may break free of its roots in one country and be welcomed in others. We are truly honoured that our Libera music and the Libera singers are able to cross the world, and we thank you for your help and support in making that possible.   

리베라 팬들께 

리베라 콘서트에 오신 것을 환영합니다. 

다 시 한국에 오게 된 것을 무척 기쁘게 생각합니다. 오래 전 저희의 첫 국제 투어 당시 서울에 왔었는데, 그때의 환희와 감동을 아직도 잊을 수가 없습니다. 그 당시 보내주신 열정과 사랑은 저희의 음악이 세계로 뻗어나가는 밑거름이 되었습니다. 

그 렇게 수많은 투어 공연을 해왔지만 새로운 시즌을 시작하는 것은 언제나 떨리고 설렙니다. 왜냐하면, 리베라가 소년합창단이라는 특성상, 시간이 흐름과 함께 단원들도 바뀌기 때문입니다. 언제나 새로운 소년 단원들이 공연에 참여하고, 선배 단원들의 솔로 파트와 하모니를 이어받습니다. 우리가 '미니-소년들'이라고 부르는 새로운 어린 단원들은 처음으로 집을 떠나 봅니다. 어떤 아이들은 생애 최초로 비행기를 타기도 합니다. 그렇기 때문에 소년 합창단에서는 그 무엇도 오래 지속되지 않습니다. 

이런 소년합창단이라는 특성상, 이전에 흰 로브를 입고 무대에 서서 노래하던 소년들이 이번 공연의 키보드 연주자와 무대 스탭으로 참여하고 있습니다. (오마이갓....)

저 희는 이번에 'Sanctus', 'Libera', 'Salva Me'와 같이 오랫동안 사랑 받아온 리베라의 곡들은 물론 'Song of Life'와 'Eternal Light'과 같이 최신 곡들도 선보일 예정입니다. 또한 새로 나올 앨범에 수록될 새 노래도 들려드릴 것입니다. (오마이갓!!!!! 22222)

음 악은 진정한 국제적인 언어입니다. 음악에는 장벽이 없으며, 특정한 나라에 국한되지 않고 다른 여러 나라에서도 환영받게 됩니다. 저희 리베라 음악과 합창단이 세계 곳곳을 누빌 수 있어 무척 영광이며, 이 모든 것들을 가능하게 해준 팬분들의 도움과 열정에 큰 감사를 드립니다.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Libera Korea Concert 2013 Promo Video

Libera has a promo video just for the Korea concerts! It's similar to the original, but in this one there are scenes from past Korea tours plus Isaac, Dylan and Ciaran speak in Korean! They introduce themselves and invite everyone to their concerts. Awesome job!

Isaac, Dylan and Ciaran

The video was posted by Libera's Korea concert promoter, Seoul Arts Management, on their blog - . Thank you to Inna for reposting it on YouTube! :D

Ice Cream Photo Shoot

Wow! Libera's Korea concert promoter, Seoul Arts Management, posted new photos on their blog - 

The pictures show Ciaran Bradbury-Hickey, Cassius O'Connell-White, Matthew Madine, Michael Menezes and Dylan Duffy. They are calling it the "Ice Cream Photo Shoot." The pictures are so cute! :D

So cute!

My favorite picture! :D


Saturday, March 2, 2013

New Official Picture!

Libera posted a new picture! It's so cute!

Front row: Ben Fairman, Marc Alvares, Bertie Smart
Middle row: Tom Delgado-Little, Lucas Wood
Back row: Jude Collins, Matthew Jansen, Matthew Rangel-Alvares

Libera Promo Video in Chinese With a Surprise!

Artemis Art posted a promo video for Libera's Spring Tour, but this one is in Chinese!

According to Jean and Yuni, the Chinese writing says that Libera will be singing a Chinese song in their concerts called 月亮代表我的心 or "The Moon Represents My Heart." How awesome is that?! Can't wait to hear it!

Yuni shared a video for us to hear the song ahead of time.

Thank you, Yuni and Jean!