Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Christchurch, UK Concert

Christchurch Priory on concert day ~ photo by Dani

After their Exeter concert, Libera had a second UK concert in Christchurch on July 28, 2015. The line at the door to purchase tickets for this concert was surprisingly long. The church even added extra rows of seats at the back.

Libera poster outside the church ~ photo by Dani

Stage ~ photo by Dani

The boys rehearsing ~ photo by Libera

The choristers and song list were the same as for Exeter. Alex M's high parts were again sung from the balcony above but there was no railing this time, so good job Alex at being so fearless!

Audience ~ photo by Dani

The fans who attended said the boys sang just as well and are in top form to head off for their Japan concert at Universal Studios in Osaka.

Moose watching the show! ~ photo by Libera, obviously :D

Photo by Dani

Photo by Dani

Photo by Dani

Congratulations to Libera on another excellent concert! 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Universal Studios Japan Concert

Universal Studios Japan in Osaka

Universal Studios map

Libera is in Osaka, Japan for a very special concert at Universal Studios Japan and so is our friend Patrick from France. He took all of the pictures to share with fans. Thank you, Patrick.

The concert was at Stage 33 in the Hollywood section of the park (#22 on the map). Only 400 people got to attend, and the tickets sold out in 10 minutes! What a special concert.

Universal Studios Stage 33

Friendly employee at the entrance

Line waiting to get into concert

It was a "Christmas in Summer" concert with lots of great surprises. There are 20 boys here along with the staff. 

1.   Marc Alvares
2.   Shay Balsekar
3.   Ciaran Bradbury-Hickey
4.   Merlin Brouwer
5.   Gabriel Collins
6.   Kavana Crossley
7.   Thomas Delgado-Little
8.   Alex Gula
9.   Matthew Jansen
10. Timothy Lee
11. Isaac London
12. Alessandro MacKinnon-Botti
13. Micael Menezes
14. Alex Montoro
15. Oliver Mycka
16. Cassius O'Connell-White
17. Taichi Shinokubo
18. Camden Stewart
19. Sam Wiggin
20. Lucas Wood

Stage with Robert Prizeman's seat in front center

Piano and musicians seats

Musicians seats


Audience filling up the seats

There were so many cameras. Some looked like television station cameras and some fans were interviewed by the press, so watch for Libera to be on tonight's news. There was also a camera on an overhead boom, so maybe the concert is being filmed for a mini-DVD or a special feature DVD in a new CD. Japan is great about producing those!

Large boom camera - filming for a DVD?! :D

Many cameras for television news!
An extra special surprise was that Mr. Takatsugu Muramatsu, the composer of "Song of Life" which Libera sang and recorded, actually played "Song of Life" while Libera sang it on stage! How thrilling!

Here is a video of part of "Song of Life." Isaac is singing the solo, and you can see Mr. Muramatsu playing the piano at the beginning.

Photo by Osaka The Page JP

Ciaran and Taichi gave the first speech. Taichi's part was so long that he had it written on a paper that he kept folded up in his sleeve. Both boys are wonderful speakers and do such a good job. This is the video of parts of the first 5 songs and Taichi and Ciaran speaking.

Photo by Osaka The Page JP

Then an even bigger thrill, the encore song was the world premiere of Takatsugu Muramatsu's new song "Angel." Isaac sang the solo and Mr. Muramatsu played the piano. Patrick said that at the beginning and end of the song, Matthew Jansen stood to the side and played 3 slow notes on a tubular bell with a hammer. Just wow! The single is scheduled for release this Fall. Please let the video be on a new CD/DVD!!! :D

Here is the song list - 

1.  Joy to the World
2.  Carol of the Bells
3.  Sanctus
4.  Exultate
Speech - Ciaran & Taichi
5.  Song of Life - composer Takatsugu Muramatsu on piano

~ Intermission ~ 

6.  Orinoco Flow
7.  Amazing Grace
8.  The Prayer
9.  Wonderful World
10. Wayfaring Stranger
11. Stay With Me
12. Nearer to God
13. Joyful, Joyful

Encore - Angel  (world premier) - solo by Isaac, composer Takatsugu Muramatsu on piano

Just look at the beautiful stained glass projected onto the screen behind Libera! Gorgeous!

Libera waving goodbye!

Libera pictured with Mr. Takatsugu Muramatsu, composer of "Song of Life" and the new song "Angel."

Photo by CinemaCafe.net

Then many fans gathered to wave good-bye to Libera as they boarded their bus.



Alex G


Congratulations to Libera on a great concert, and congratulations to the 400 fans who got to be there! Thank you again to Patrick for sharing his experience and pictures with us!