Saturday, January 24, 2015

Fan Video from Moscow Concert

This is a video taken by Patrick after the Moscow concert. It is of Libera leaving the concert hall. It's a bit dark, but I like it because it shows some of the boys running to the bus. Yes, they have enough energy after performing a full concert to run to the bus! :D  Could Matthew Madine be any nicer and friendlier?! And some of them are so cute carrying their robe on their head. At the end you can hear Eleanor Lewis coming over to Patrick and speaking to him in French. Thank you for sharing your video, Patrick!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Official Libera Photos from Moscow

Libera has posted some pictures from their concert trip to Moscow, Russia. They're excellent! I am so thrilled for the boys that they had a chance to visit a place that many people never get to visit in a lifetime. It may have been cold in Moscow, but it sure is beautiful even in the winter. 

This is my favorite picture! The boys standing in front of the world-famous
St. Basil's Cathedral with a gorgeous blue sky above them. :D

So cool!

Alex Gula playing in the snow! How fun is this?!

My second favorite! I want to know the back-story to this picture! How on earth
did Cassius get this Soviet army hat and flask?! Did he buy them at some cool store?

In front of the Bolshoi Theatre

Another great group shot with Moscow in the background

Libera in concert in Moscow

Singing "The Prayer" with Isaac soloing

Beautiful Moscow metro station. Sam's face though. hehe

They have fun wherever they go! :D

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Moscow Concert 2015

Moscow International House of Music

Today was the day! Libera performed in Moscow for the first time! And thanks to Patrick from France, we have a first-hand account of it. All photos are his, so if you copy any, please give him credit. :)

The lobby before the concert with Libera on the display screen.
Robert Prizeman stood at this center music stand.

Stage before concert. The concert must have been sold out, because
you can see people at the upper left level who stood during the concert!

Audience before the concert. Do you see yourself in this picture? :)

There were 22 boys there, all the same boys who were at the London concert last month except for James Menezes and Mark Ustynovych-Repa. We are also still missing Ben Fairman. Hope they all are OK. They were missed!

1.   Marc Alvares
2.   Shay Balsekar
3.   Ciaran Bradbury-Hickey
4.   Merlin Brouwer
5.   Gabriel Collins
6.   Thomas Delgado-Little
7.   Alex Gula
8.   Matthew Jansen
9.   Timothy Lee
10. Isaac London
11. Alessandro MacKinnon-Botti 
12. Matthew Madine
13. Michael Menezes
14. Alex Montoro
15. Jakub Niedermaier-Reed
16. Cassius O'Connell-White
17. Matthew Rangel-Alvares
18. Bertie Smart
19. Camden Stewart
20. Rocco Tesei
21. Sam Wiggin
22. Lucas Wood

Artistic Director - Robert Prizeman
Flute - Candice Hamel
Keyboards - Joshua Madine
Percussion - Jonathan Ormston

Tom singing "Ave Maria" ~ photo by Official Libera
Libera during the final applause!! :D

The song list is amazing! This may be the best song list that includes Christmas carols ever! First, the audience got to hear Voca Me. But add to that Wexford Carol, Carol of the Bells, Ave Maria, Wayfaring Stranger, Amazing Grace, Song of Life, and How Shall I Sing That Majesty. Now as if that isn't over-the-top spectacular enough, they ended with What a Wonderful World!!! Whaaaat?!!  I think I'm going to faint. Seriously. Some songs were replaced or moved around compared to the program, (but I'll notate that) so that makes it the same song list as at last month's London concert but in a slightly different order.

Robert Prizeman stood down on the main floor at a music stand at the center. There were 9 other musicians besides the 3 listed above, so I am assuming they were hired in Russia as Libera usually does.

Song List - 

1.   Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
2.   Joy to the World
3.   What Child is This
4.   The Prayer
5.   Sanctus
6.   Voca Me
7.   Wexford Carol (replaced Still, Still, Still)
8.   Carol of the Bells
9.   Ave Maria - solo by Tom DL who was top-of-form!
10. How Shall I Sing That Majesty


11. Conditor Alme Siderum
12. Angels We Have Heard On High
13. Away In a Manger
14. Wayfaring Stranger
15. Amazing Grace
16. Gaudete
17. Song of Life
18. How Great Thou Art
19. Silent Night
20. In Dulci Jubilo

Encore - What a Wonderful World

There were very long applause after each song with many in the audience yelling "Bravo!" After the last song, the applause and yelling were so long and loud, that Robert Prizeman had to motion to the audience to quiet down a bit so they could sing "What a Wonderful World" for the encore! Yay, for Russian fans!!! It sounds like they LOVE Libera!!! :D

The concert program is printed in Russian Cyrillic and English!

Concert program cover

Concert program song list part 1

Concert program song list part 2

Concert program explaining Libera

If you would like to see more fans photos (especially if you can read Russian Cyrillic) you can join 
1. The Russian fan forum
2. Russian blogger George's site Chori ANGeLORUM

George should have his concert review written by tomorrow.  

Stay tuned for Patrick's full review of the concert! We need to let him fly home first. :D

Libera leaving the concert hall.

Congratulations on such a great concert, boys! :D

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Libera Is In Russia!

Exciting news! Libera has landed in Moscow, Russia!  Libera posted a few photos from the airport as they were arriving.

Passports ready for going through airport immigration! Is Isaac licking his? lol
Alessandro, Alex G, Isaac, Camden ~ looks like they all have 
British passports, but I think Alex's is from Poland. :D

No jet lag here!!!

Libera was also featured in a Moscow Times newspaper article which you can read here and in a Sputnik News article that you can read here for English and here for Spanish. It says that 24 boys are going on the trip and that one of the songs they will sing is "Carol of the Bells." The Russian Orthodox Christmas is celebrated January 7, so that's why there are still Christmas decorations in Moscow and why Libera will be singing some Christmas carols.

Sputnik News even interviewed Robert Prizeman and Thomas Delgado-Little! It says that Tom is very excited about the trip (I would be, too!) and said, "I want to go to Moscow and see the snow, because it doesn't snow in London. The choir has never visited Russia, and doing so now will be a great adventure for all of us." I hope you have so much fun, boys!!

Our friend, Patrick from Paris, arrived in Moscow yesterday for the concert. He shared some pictures of what the boys will be able to see today. 

Moscow train station

Metro train map ~ looks as easy as London, but it's written in Cyrillic!

Beautiful decorations on the streets of Moscow

Red Square Christmas market and ice skating rink

Red Square Christmas market and ice skating rink

 GUM Department Store which is also off Red Square

Isn't it magical?!!

The famous St. Basil's Cathedral and its beautiful domes!

Libera's concert is tomorrow night at 6:00 pm Moscow time. That means it is at 3:00 pm London time and 9:00 am Chicago time. I can't wait to hear how it goes and how the Russian audience reacts!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Libera Mentioned on Russian Television

Libera was mentioned on Russian television! How exciting is that?! I'm not sure exactly what they are saying, but at 0:28 you can hear them say "Libera!" The YouTube video description says this is a press conference at the TASS Russian News Agency. The artistic director of the Moscow International House of Music, conductor Vladimir Spivakov, said that choirs from the most famous temples and monasteries will perform for the 5th Christmas Festival of Sacred Music from January 9 - 23. Russian Orthodox Christmas is on January 7. Libera's concert is this Sunday, January 18. Thank you to Patrick for the link. He will be at the Moscow concert. I can't wait to find out how it went! Safe travels, Libera!!!

Friday, January 9, 2015

New "Libera In America" DVD & CD Now Available

The DVD & CD cover

UPDATED: January 5, 7, 9, 10 & 17, 2015 to add US, Japan, UK, and Canada availability!

Awesome news! Libera's new DVD and CD "Libera In America" is available for pre-order in some countries! It's also available on some sites in Blu-ray. The US and UK release date is March 3, 2015. European sites show a release date of March 20, 2015, but a site in Sweden shows a release date of February 25, 2015! Japan shows a release date of March 25, 2015. If you can, please order from Amazon using my links and Libera will get a commission on the sale of it and anything else you buy from Amazon. The song list is just wow! I cannot wait to see and hear "Wayfaring Stranger" and "Voca Me" again!!!

Amazon US - release date March 3, 2015
   Blu-ray - $20.99
   DVD - not yet available
   CD - $16.99

Amazon UK - release date March 3, 2015
   CD - £27.45
   DVD - not yet available

Amazon Canada - release date March 3, 2015
   Blu-ray - CDN$24.91
   DVD - CDN$23.51
   CD - CDN$20.58

Amazon JP - release date March 25, 2015
   CD + DVD - ¥4,067

Belgium ECI - release date March 20, 2015
   DVD - 19,99

Hungary Face the Music - release date March 20, 2015
   Blu-ray - 6990,
   DVD - 6990,
   CD    - 6790,

Netherlands Cosmox - release date March 20, 2015
   DVD - 18,95

Poland MusicCorner - release date March 20, 2015
   Blu-ray - 93.65zt
   DVD - 93.65zt
   CD - 90.18zt
Slovakia FocusMusic - release date March 20, 2015
   DVD - 21,84

Slovenia zoso - release date March 20, 2015
   DVD - 22,98

Sweden Bengans - release date February 25, 2015
   Blu-ray - 229 Boka
   DVD - 199 Boka
   CD    - 179 Boka

Song List:

1.   Libera - Opening Titles (DVD & Blu-ray only)
2.   Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
3.   How Can I Keep From Singing
4.   Morning Has Broken
5.   America the Beautiful
6.   Wayfaring Stranger
7.   Amazing Grace
8.   Wonderful World
9.   The Prayer
10. Be Still My Soul
11. How Great Thou Art
12. Rest In Peace
13. Sanctus
14. Song of Life
15. Ave Maria
16. Voca Me
17. How Shall I Sing That Majesty
18. Libera In Washington Behind the Scenes (DVD & Blu-ray only)

Will update more as I find it...


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Fan Video from St. John's, Norwood, London Concert

Libera performed a candlelit "Almost Christmas" concert in London a few weeks ago. You can read about it here. This video is a slide show of photos from the concert done by James Phillip. Thank you to him for so many excellent photos! There even appear to be 2 photographers who took these pictures. And I think it is some of the parents and family members sitting in front. Here are a few of my favorites.

I love how the boys always keep their eyes on Robert Prizeman