May 28, 2010

Liblog: Libera Boys Talking About Video Shoot

by Liam Connery, Sam Leggett, Joshua Madine, Jonathan Barrington

When we sing directly into the camera, it feels like there’s someone staring at you while you sing! The only way to get over it is to imagine that it’s a mirror, and you’re singing to yourself.

It’s no good being a bit shy – the camera picks up how you feel and makes it more. Actually the camera can take your concentration because it moves. This one was on railway lines and rolled along while we were singing.

Make-up smells really weird not that I need much cough cough…. When they pamper you, the dusty stuff goes up your nose.

We really have to concentrate – obviously on singing – but also because often it takes ages and millions of years to get the lights and camera and technical stuff OK, so that when its our turn, some of us have drifted off daydreaming so we have to think hard about what we are actually doing!

We wear our robes nearly all the time on concert days and video shoots. They may seem heavy and hot, but really they are quite comfortable and cool. We don’t have the frilly ruff and collar things some boy singers have!

We had a lot of fun filming, because while some were being filmed, others were able to watch them in the director’s small screen.

After we finished one of the two songs, we had lunch. This consisted of burgers, pies or omelettes – so there was messy eating with vinegar, ketchup, and salad dressing making our back‑to‑front coats we wear to protect our robes no longer blue, but a pinkish-brown colour.

The hoods are like horse ‘nose-bags’ and collect spilled food in them – but not me of course

We don’t get much idea of what the video will be like while we are filming it. There are so many different takes. But it’s fantastic when we see it all put together – really amazing.

It’s just completely brilliant doing stuff like videos – even though it takes a long time, there’s so much to watch and do in the gaps - we might do homework…..or play psp/ds games…or just talk. We go all over the place in Libera, the world really sometimes, so we are quite used to being together for long times and are good friends and have our special jokes and things to fill in boring time on planes and coaches.

The director, after we had finished shooting, gave us a chance to do a “mess‑around” version, which consisted of some ballerina twirls, sunglasses, scarves made out of ivy, fireman’s lifts and a big cardboard box. Quite mad, really. Don’t know whether the director kept it or not!

May 15, 2010

Arundel Concert 2010 Archive

Date: May 15, 2010
Location: Arundel Cathedral, Arundel, UK
Time: 7:30PM

Member List:
Mine Akpobome
Sere Akpobome***
Henry Barrington
Jonathan Barrington
Tiarnan Branson
Ewan Baxter***
Jude Collins***
Luke Collins
Liam Connery
Kavana Crossley
Jakob De Menezes-Wood
Thomas Delgado-Little***
Dylan Duffy***
Ben Fairman***
Luis Fernandes***
Daniel Fontannaz
Alex Godden***
Freddie Ingles
Matthew Jansen***
Stefan Leadbeater
Alex Leggett
Sam Leggett
Barney Lindsell***
Josh Madine
Matthew Madine***
Flynn Marks
James Mordaunt
Sammy Moriarty
Cassius O'Connell-White
Cian O'Sullivan***
Ben Philipp
Matthew Rangel-Alvares
Carlos Rodriguez
Alfie Smart
Ralph Skan
James Threadgill

Song List:
Libera (solo: Stefan Leadbeater. Backup: Alfie Smart)
- Freddie Ingles speech
Time (solos: Ben Philipp and Josh Madine. Backup: Ralph Skan, Sammy Moriarty, Jakob De Menezes-Wood)
Sanctus (solos: Stefan Leadbeater)
Sanctissima (solos: Ben Philipp and Sammy Moriarty)
- Sammy Moriarty speech
Ave Verum (solo: Flynn Marks and Jakob De Menezes-Wood. Backup: Matthew Rangel-Alvares)
Far Away (solos: Ben Philipp and Ralph Skan. High notes: Kavana Crossley)
Salva Me (solo: Stefan Leadbeater)
- Ben Philipp speech
Agnus Dei (solo: Alex Leggett, Jakob De Menezes-Wood, Ralph Skan and Stefan Leadbeater)
How Shall I Sing That Majesty (solos: Jakob De Menezes-Wood and Stefan Leadbeater)

- Intermission -

Mysterium (solo: Stefan Leadbeater. Backup: Alfie Smart)
Orinono Flow (solos: Ben Philipp, Joshua Madine, Jakob De Menezes-Wood and Ralph Skan)
- Freddie Ingles speech
The Fountain (solo: Ralph Skan and Ben Philipp)
How Can I Keep From Singing (solos: Sammy Moriarty and Ralph Skan)
When a Knight Won His Spurs (solo: Ralph Skan. Backup: James Mordaunt)
Love and Mercy (solos: Freddie Ingles and James Mordaunt)
- Josh Madine speech
Bayan Ko (solo: Ben Philipp)
Stay With Me (solo: Daniel Fontannaz. High notes: Matthew Rangel-Alvares)
Deep Peace (solo: Stefan Leadbeater. Backup: Sammy Moriarty)
- Cassius O'Connell-White speech
Exsultate (solo: Ben Philipp, Stefan Leadbeater and Daniel Fontannaz)
Encore: Libera (solo: Stefan Leadbeater)

Musical Director: Robert Prizeman
Keyboards: Robert Prizeman and Steven Geraghty
Clarinet & Recorder: Steven Geraghty
Strings: Emily Pettet, Emily Howell, Belinda Goodship, Emma Pask
Lighting: Stephen Ellerington
Concert Producer: Ben Crawley
Staging: Steven Geraghty, Ellen Miller
Sound Mixing & Production: Sam Coates
Sound Mixing: Ian Tilley
Sound Engineering: Ben Rentoul
Stage Management: Callum Payne, Andrew Winter
Chaperon: Barbara Geraghty, Eleanor Lewis, Tim Connery


Fan Photo: 

Program book and pictures - courtesy of Fan_de_Lok.