Thursday, June 26, 2014

Libera Filming in France for Songs of Praise!

UPDATED - May 31 & June 26, 2014

We now know the filming the boys did in France IS for Songs of Praise! The program will commemorate the start of WWI and air on August 3 on BBC Two. BBC gives some interesting information about Libera's part of the program.

"In addition, classical chart toppers Libera sing against the backdrop of the battlefields and discover some of their own family history in connection with the war. Ciaran Bradbury goes in search of the grave of his great, great Uncle Stanley Bradbury who was a Corporal in the Royal Flying Corps while Sam Wiggin wants to find the name of his great, great Uncle George Michie which he has been told is on the Monument to the Missing in Thiepval."

That is so cool to have relatives who bravely fought for England. Hope we all get to see this episode.

You can read the BBC web page here. Thank you to Jimmy Riddle for the link!


Exciting news! Libera is busy again! On May 28 they posted that they were on their way to France for TV filming. I'm guessing it's something for Songs of Praise, but you never know. The 100th anniversary of World War I is coming up as is the 70th anniversary of D-Day from World War II. Maybe it's something for that?

Crossing the English Channel by boat

The next day they teased us with more pictures of them filming in France. Here they are wearing their blue shirts and coats.

Looking thoughtful for the camera

In front of the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme,
built to honor the missing or unidentified British soldiers from
the Battle of the Somme in World War I.

I have a friend, Josh, who is a total history nerd, especially about war-related stuff. 
He was taking a Graduate level 500 history class our Freshman year!!
I asked him what kind of gun this is, and of course he knew, cause that's the kind of person he is.
He said, "It's a British 25 pounder. It was their main artillery gun of World War 2.
It's hard to tell from the picture, but I believe it is a Mark 2 Ordnance QF 25 pounder."
OK, then. There you go.

Does anyone know where these war trenches are?
My mom thinks it looks like WWI Sanctuary Wood in Belgium.
But my history nerd friend said, "They appear to be old French trenches 
that belonged to the Maginot Line. The forest in the background would indicate
 the Ardenne Forest between Belgium and France, so they would be technically
 in France. As a side note, they appear to have been fortified at some point 
during German occupation between 1940-1944." 
Besides being a nerd, he's also a bit of a show-off. ;)

Yesterday they were filming wearing their white robes. You can see a screen behind them with what looks like a photo of a bombed out building. 

Maybe Tom is singing a solo? :)

2nd day of filming

Then today they posted that they have finished filming.

They also had some time for sightseeing and fun. Can't wait to see this video! Hope it airs soon!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Libera Performing for Kennedy Center Patrons in London

Hi, Libera fans! We all know that when Libera is really quiet, it's usually because they are busy, busy, busy behind the scenes. We now know what they've been up to!

Libera just posted pictures with the message,

"Preparing for an event with the Kennedy Patrons. Arts from Sea to Shining Sea."

If you remember, Libera was invited to perform way back in December 2007 at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington DC when they sang "Love and Mercy" to help honor Brian Wilson. Click here to see pictures. Click here to see the video.

Now the Kennedy Center patrons are in London, and Libera was asked to perform for them again! It looks like there are 23 boys there, and they are singing at a beautiful building called The Foreign Office near St. James's Park and 10 Downing Street. How awesome is that?!!! =)

Arriving with their robes ready to sing!

Rehearsing at The Foreign Office

Rehearsing at The Foreign Office

Picture during rehearsal by Katie @Sharpfiddle

During the performance

During the performance

During the performance

Stay tuned. Will post more as I find it...