May 31, 2007

Always With You (Tom)

Date: May 30-31, 2007
Note: Soloist in this video is Tom Cully.

Libera In Their Own Words

Date: May 30-31, 2007
Note: Leiden Concert DVD extra. 

Ave Maria (Ed & Tom)

Date: May 30-31, 2007
Note: Soloists in this video are Ed Day and Tom Cully.

I Am The Day (Josh & Sam L)

Date: May 30-31, 2007
Note: Soloist in this video is Josh Madine and Sam Leggett.

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep (Tom)

Date: May 30-31, 2007
Note: Soloist in this video is Tom Cully.

Stay With Me (Ed & Liam)

Date: May 30-31, 2007
Note: Soloists in this video are Ed Day and Liam Connery.

I Vow To Thee My Country

Date: May 30-31, 2007

Abide With Me (Ed)

Date: May 30-31, 2007
Note: Soloist in this video is Ed Day.

Lacrymosa (Ben P)

Date: May 30-31, 2007
Note: Soloist in this video is Ben Philipp.

Sanctus (Tom, Ed, & Sam L)

Date: May 30-31, 2007
Note: Soloists in this video are Tom Cully, Ed Day, and Sam Leggett.

Salva Me (Joe S)

Date: May 30-31, 2007
Note: Soloist in this video is Joe Snelling.

Libera (Liam)

Date: May 30-31, 2007
Note: Soloist in this video is Liam Connery.

Prayer (Tom & Ed)

Date: May 30-31, 2007
Note: Soloists in this video are Tom Cully and Ed Day.

Far Away (Tom)

Date: May 30-31, 2007
Note: Soloist in this video is Tom Cully.

Going Home (Josh, Ben P & Tom)

Date: May 30-31, 2007
Note: Soloists in this video are Josh Madine, Ben Philipp, and Tom Cully.


: May 30-31, 2007

Leiden Concert Archive

Date: May 30-31, 2007
Location: St. Pieterskerk, Leiden, Netherlands
Time: 8:00pm
Ticket: Free admission

Member List:
Jonathan Barrington
Tiarnan Branson
Oliver Cole
Tomas Cole
Liam Connery
Ben Crawley
Tom Cully
Ed Day
Jakob De Menezes-Wood
Michael Horncastle
Alex Leggett
Sam Leggett
Zach Lockett
Josh Madine
Conor O'Donnell
Callum Payne
Ben Philipp
Joe Snelling
Michael Vereycken

Song List:
Going Home (solo: Josh Madine, Ben Philipp, Tom Cully)
Far Away (solo: Tom Cully)
Prayer (solo: Tom Cully, Ed Day)
Libera (solo: Liam Connery)
Sanctus (solo: Tom Cully, Ed Day, Sam Leggett)
Salva Me (solo: Joe Snelling)
Lacrymosa (solo: Ben Philipp)
Abide With Me (solo: Ed Day)
I Vow To Thee My Country
Stay With Me (solo: Ed Day, Liam Connery)
Do Not Stand At My Grave (solo: Tom Cully)
I Am The Day (solo: Josh Madine, Sam Leggett)
Ave Maria (solo: Ed Day)
Always With You (solo: Tom Cully)
Silent Night (solo: Tom Cully)

May 22, 2007

Liblog: Doors

When Libera go on tour, we go on tour in style! We travel behind tinted windows and we stay in luxury hotels. It's great! For one week only we are treated to enormous flat-screen televisions with countless channels, showers more powerful than weapons of mass destruction and the luxury of heated toilet seats. However, in the eyes of the boys these things count for very little. This is not because they are spoilt or because they've seen it all before. This is purely because hotels only mean one thing to the young Liberas – revolving doors!

Revolving doors have some kind of magnetic control over Libera boys. None can possibly be responsible for his actions in the presence of a revolving door. At first sight the eyes widen in sheer delight, followed by a beaming grin, then the fingers start to twitch with excitement until eventually, with a sudden burst of energy, the performer is propelled headlong into the door frame. There are no exceptions, not even the quietest of Libera boys can resist the powers of a revolving door. No amount of self-control can suffice - even the most well behaved boy of the bunch becomes instantly reunited with his mischievous side at the first sight of a revolving door.

Typically a hotel might have seven or eight entrances, including one central revolving door. Typically twenty Libera boys decide that the only route out of the hotel is via the revolving door. (What's a five-star hotel without a revolving door?) Instantly the lobby is thrown into a sense of disarray. People stop and stare as twenty miniature-people ambush the revolving door screaming shrill squeals of delight. The revolving door quickly spirals out of control contending with the speed of light. All aboard the revolving door rollercoaster! Halflings cling on for dear life (still grinning inanely). All eyes turn in the direction of the horrified lobby porter as gleeful  Liberas  are thrown in all directions. The mission is not to exit the hotel (as one might expect), but rather to maintain control of the exit for as long as possible without missing the coach and getting left behind. Typically, the somewhat simple procedure of exiting the hotel (which should take a matter of seconds), can take up to three working days.


May 17, 2007

Liblog: Hoods

You may have noticed that we have hoods on all of our robes, tops and t-shirts. 

It probably looks quite weird that this really angelic boys choir our wearing hoods like gangsters or rude boys!!

They've sort of become our trademark and they give a bit of spice to our act. The make our songs look quite mysterious and also atmospheric.

One of the many jokes that we have received about our hoods is that we would not be allowed into Bluewater!!

Bluewater is a massive shopping centre in Englandwhich has banned people from wearing hoods for those of you from other countries!!


May 10, 2007

Liblog: Arundel

When we got ready for the Arundel concert, I wondered two things: would it be as good as the concerts we had just done on our tour of the Far East, and where is Arundel anyway?
The second bit I found out straight away.  Arundel is in West Sussex.  And there is a great story about Arundel.  During World War II a pilot from the German Air Force (the Luftwaffe) was shot down over Arundel.  He was put to work on a farm.  The farmer liked the pilot a lot, and the pilot liked him.  They worked together really well, and when the war was over the pilot stayed on the farm, got married and took over the farm.  That German pilot married into my Nan's family!  I had no idea I had some relatives in Arundel.
But that was a long time ago.  For us, coming off a big tour, it was all too present.  The day of the concert came and although I was wondering how it would go, I had a whole pepperoni pizza for lunch.  It would take much more wondering than that to put me off my food!  I met up with the other Libera boys and we got on the coach to Arundel.
It took a long time to get to Arundel from South London, over two hours.  Then I got my first look at Arundel Cathedral.  It was incredibly, amazingly huge!  So spacious and vast!  Could Libera fill this space with our music?  It had fantastic acoustics, really echoing.  The sound here should be phenomenal.

We had tea in the parish hall just before the concert.  I say "hall", but this was a room half the size of the cathedral.  We had jam and bread, and lemon cakes and grapes, which I had a lot of.  All we could think about was the concert.  And our tea.  But we simply ate our tea and talked about the concert.  Japan and South Korea had seen us playing to big audiences.  What would a home audience make of us?  This was our first concert here since our pre-tour concert at St John's in Upper Norwood.  Had we got any better?
We had another look at the Cathedral.  It really was enormous.  Then the people started arriving.  Now, Arundel Cathedral, I may have mentioned, was big.  But so was the crowd that came!  The Cathedral was packed.  We went in through a secret passage, having got into our robes in the hall.  We were all very excited.  Some of us were nervous.  We all passed around our pre-concert two words: "Good luck!"
The concert started.  As I have said, the echo effect was amazing.  I love it when we sing.  We all know what each other should be doing, and when we all sing our parts and move into position you can just tell that it is working.  There was only one small hiccup.  A tiny one.  During our concert we move about the stage a lot, and have to be in certain positions for certain songs.  For one song I just knew I had to be in one part of the stage, but when I looked up everyone else was in the wrong position! Now, either all the other boys had made a mistake, and I was right, or…  Hmm.  When the music started and our fantastic lights came on I realised that not only were all the other boys wrong, but so was the lighting and the music…  Or maybe it was me.  Yes, it was me! I quickly moved into the position the song demanded, startling Michael H with my sudden appearance next to him.  It did not matter and we sang the song.

The reaction from the audience was incredible!  We were given standing ovations! When we are onstage we have too much to think about, but afterwards we can talk about what works.  I think our lighting is brilliant and really sets the mood, and our choreography means we do more than just stand and sing.  But for me the thing I will always remember about Arundel Cathedral was the sound.  It was brilliant the way it bounced around.  We really did fill that cathedral.  And the people watching us really did fill it with their applause. 

Arundel was a big show for us and we all loved it!  Thank you to all the people who came.  We were so thrilled to play there, it was great!
After the show we did the usual Libera thing – getting back to South London.  We are often quieter on the way back, but we still laugh.  We got back at 1 a.m. and of course I was thinking about food again!  Being in Libera you get to sing with your best friends in the most fantastic places to brilliant audiences.  Arundel Cathedral was something I shall never forget.  Thanks again to everyone who came and made it such a special night.  What a welcome home!


May 7, 2007

Liblog: High

Hi, I 'm Jonathan and this is one of the happenings that happened on our tour:

While we were in Japan, we came across a building but it wasn't your every day building. This one was special because, on the roof of it, there was a swimming pool - maybe the architect of the building got the wrong end of the stick when the owner said that he liked to high dive! My little joke there.

Of course us being the easily entertained type, a few of us started up a kind of mild relay race around the edge of the pool (cos it was a publicplace) while the others listened to the unusual music that came out of the sides.
The climax of the entertainment was these metal benches that seemed to be put there just to annoy people because they sloped down so when you sat on them you slid off!

May 6, 2007

Ave Maria (Conor & Tom)

Date: May 6, 2007
Note: The soloists in this video are Conor O'Donnell and Tom Cully.