Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Attend Libera's Semi-Closed Film Set August 6!




Exciting news! Libera has opened its semi-closed film set in Washington DC on August 6 to Official Supporters. Here's the details - 

Existing donors of $500 and above can get a total of 4 seats.
Existing donors of $50-$499 can get 2 seats.

You just need to e-mail dave.stephens@libera.org.uk to sign up.
New donors who want to take part in this extra concert can contribute via www.libera.org 

All seats will be allocated depending on your donor level. There is a maximum of 600 seats available.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Libera Filming a New DVD in Washington, DC!!


UPDATED July 2, 6 & 21, 2014

Seats are filling up fast! Restricted view seats have been added!
The start time has been changed to 7:30 pm.

Exciting news, Libera fans!!! Libera will be coming to the USA to film another DVD!!! They say on their web site that they will film it at a free concert at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC on August 7, and it will be used by American PBS stations for their pledge drives. The great thing is that we fans all over the world can get the DVD also. =)  I'm hoping they sing a lot of the songs from the Spring 2014 Tour, so we can all hear them. Will there be new songs? Will there be any little newbie choristers? And, oh my goodness, that church is so beautiful! It's the 8th largest church building in the world!

They also say to "look out for other Libera performances in the US this summer." Don't you wish they would come to your town?!









 

Washington, DC

    Thursday, August 7, 2014, 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:00 p.m.
    Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
    400 Michigan Avenue NE
    Phone: (202) 526-8300
    http://www.nationalshrine.com/site/
    Seating: 3,500 

    Price: Free              
    Tickets: available at liberausa.ticketsource.us
    Reserved seating section for Libera.us donors - details coming soon


Exterior


Interior

Interior

Interior

The Basilica is in the northeast section of Washington, DC


Parking and Red Line Brookland-CUA Metro Stop

Link to DC Metro Map - http://www.wmata.com/rail/maps/map.cfm

Seating chart - restricted view seats have been added to the sides


Stay tuned for more!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Washington, DC Concert Posters

These are the posters for the Libera DVD filming concert in Washington, DC! If you live in the DC, Virginia, or Maryland area, please copy and print them out or e-mail them to your friends. Hope lots of people can come! :D


Washington, DC large poster - 18x24

Washington, DC medium poster - 11x17

Washington, DC rack card - front

Washington, DC rack card - back

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Big Announcement for Libera Fundraiser!


             Calling All Angels and Mooses!



Libera of the US is a new charity formed to help raise money and awareness for Libera. We just got a message from the trustees of Libera of the US about a big Libera fundraiser that you can read here.

Basically, Libera is coming to Washington, DC to film a new DVD. Yay for us fans! The cost to bring all the boys and staff to the US and to produce the DVD totals $429,000! Wow! I did not realize it costs that much! It costs $3,743 just for each boy to travel.

So Libera is asking for donations big or small. Anyone can donate, no matter where in the world you live. Just go to http://Libera.org, click on the "Contribute" button, fill in your information, set up a PayPal account, and make a donation from your bank account or credit card.

If you donate at least $50 ($60 if you live outside the US to help cover the shipping costs), you can get a Libera Moose! The Libera boys each got a Moose when they sang at the Kennedy Center benefit last month in London!

As your donation gets larger, you get more gifts and benefits!

Here's the very first Moose spotted! 2 Moose traveled all the way to Australia to a fan named Hannah! Moose has a bandana around his neck that has a fancy drawing of a Libera "L" and 3 choir boys.



2 Moose getting some sun in Australia!

Let me know if you get a Moose, too! Or a Libera bag! I want to see what the Libera bag looks like! :D


Here's the donation levels written out if you need to use a translator.

$50 ($60 outside US) 
Plush Libera Moose!

$100 ($120 outside US) 
Plush Libera Moose
Limited edition Libera canvas gift bag

$500 (Angel)
1 reserved seat at Basilica of the National Shrine filming
Your name listed in concert program**
Plush Libera Moose
Limited edition Libera canvas gift bag

$1,000 (Benefactor)
2 reserved seats at Basilica of the National Shrine filming
Your name listed in concert program**
Plush Libera Moose
Limited edition Libera canvas gift bag

$5,000 (Leadership Circle)
2 reserved seats at Basilica of the National Shrine filming
1 seat at the Libera closed event wrap party lunch or dinner (TBD) on August 8 (strictly limited to first 15)*
Your name listed in concert program**
Your name listed on DVD credits
Plush Libera Moose
Limited edition Libera canvas gift bag

$10,000 (Patron)
2 reserved seats at Basilica of the National Shrine filming
1 seat at the Libera closed event wrap party lunch or dinner (TBD) on August 8 (strictly limited to first 15, guaranteed at boys' table)*
Your name listed in concert program**
Your name listed on DVD credits
Plush Libera Moose
Limited edition Libera canvas gift bag

$15,000 (Patron of Arts)
Grand patron personalized framed plaque
2 reserved seats at Basilica of the National Shrine filming
2 reserved seats (at no charge) for all concerts during July and August 2014.
1 seat at the Libera closed event wrap party lunch or dinner (TBD) on August 8 (strictly limited to first 15, guaranteed at boys' table)*
Your name listed in concert program**
Your name listed on DVD credits
Plush Libera Moose
Limited edition Libera canvas gift bag
Very exclusive Libera item! (limited edition)

$25,000 (Grand Patron)
Grand patron personalized framed plaque
2 reserved seats at Basilica of the National Shrine filming
2 reserved seats (at no charge) for all concerts in 2015
1 seat at the Libera closed event wrap party lunch or dinner (TBD) on August 8 (strictly limited to first 15, guaranteed at boys' table)*
Your name listed in concert programs (all concerts in 2014 and 2015)
Your name listed on DVD credits
Plush Libera Moose
Limited edition Libera canvas gift bag
Very exclusive Libera item! (limited edition)

$30,000 and above (Founding Member)
This offering will be the only opportunity to become a founding member. Founding Members names will be prominently displayed on a Founding Member poster at all 2014 and 2015 concerts, as well as receive one of these posters signed by the boys.
Founding Member is a lifetime honor!

Founding Member personalized framed plaque
2 reserved seats at Basilica of the National Shrine filming
2 reserved seats (at no charge) for all concerts in 2014 and 2015
2 seats at the closed set filming on August 6th. This will be strictly limited to Founding Members and Trustees. No exceptions will be made.
2 seats at the Libera closed event wrap party lunch or dinner (TBD) on August 8 (strictly limited to first 15, guaranteed at the boys' table)*
Your name listed in concert programs (all concerts in 2014 and 2015)
Your name listed on DVD credits
Plush Libera Moose
Limited edition Libera canvas gift bag
Very exclusive Libera item! (limited edition)

*For security reasons all attendees at the wrap party are subject to approval and must agree to protocol rules of the Libera trustees. Libera reserves the right to do background checks and refuse admission.

**Donations must be received by July 27, 2014




Monday, July 7, 2014

Libera Promo Video for Washington, DC Concert

Libera posted the cutest video of Ben, Ciaran, and Alessandro inviting us to the DVD filming in Washington, DC! They nicely say all their lines, as all good Libera boys try to do. But watch their faces. First Alessandro is trying not to crack up as the others say their lines. Then watch Ben when they point to the web site. Just one cool move. lol. Ben's last line is hilarious! And then he just walks away as Ciaran and Alessandro crack up again.




Alessandro - I'm Alessandro.

Ciaran - I'm Ciaran.

Ben - And I'm Ben.

All - And we're called Libera.

Alessandro - We are really looking forward to coming back to the United States in the Summer.

Ciaran - We will be performing a concert at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

Ben - The concert will be filmed for broadcast on PBS and to make a brand new DVD and CD.

Alessandro - Tickets are free and really easy to book. Just go to our USA ticket web site.

All - (point to liberausa.ticketsource.us web site)

Ciaran - The concert will take place on the 7th of August.

Ben - We really hope to see lots of people there. You never know, you might end up on TV.

All - Bye!
 

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!

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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...