Exeter, UK Monday 27th July & Christchurch 28th July 2015

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Re: Exeter, UK Monday 27th July & Christchurch 28th July 201

Post by Surpinto » 2 years ago

Choirfan wrote:Even though I bought tickets, sadly I cannot attend these concerts. So, if anyone would like my seat for the Exeter show, you are welcome to it free of charge. If i recall correctly, the seat is in C-09.

I can email the ticket on to anybody that wants it. Just drop me a message. For those that are going, enjoy the shows! Hopefully there'll be a concert in November to attend.
You must be terribly disappointed. Hopefully you will have the opportunity to see them again soon.

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Re: Exeter, UK Monday 27th July & Christchurch 28th July 201

Post by Choirfan » 2 years ago

I am very disappointed to be honest but the cost and the logistics of getting there from here were proving to be too much of a pain in the behind :lol: The short notice didn't really help matters. I have been lucky enough to have had 3 holidays already this year and so my budget for these things was pretty much used up.

Oh well November isn't all that far away. I hope those attending next week's concerts have a fantastic time :D
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Re: Exeter, UK Monday 27th July & Christchurch 28th July 201

Post by dani » 2 years ago

So the concerts are less than a week away and i am excited :)


I am hoping for a few surprises hopefully with them going to Japan as well now a week afterwards .

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Post by Surpinto » 2 years ago

They just tweeted out new pictures with the caption "We are back in our robes and ready for our summer concerts - hope to see you there!"

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Looks like the organization, the fans, and the choristers are all looking forward to the summer concerts. :D

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Post by alcesalcesobservator » 2 years ago

Are those new faces I see, or am I just behind on choristers?

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Post by Surpinto » 2 years ago

No, you're right, there are two newbies in the group shot. There have been quite a few as seen across recent, multiple photos. Some may even have been with Libera a little while but may not be singing in concerts yet.

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Post by dani » 2 years ago

It's so funny as 5 years ago I would of been able to name about 98% of the choir and looking at them photos I can only name Camden . And even when I see group photos I very rarely know who is who . I would now say I know less than 50% of the choir .

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Post by mbbrose » 2 years ago

I hope everyone who is attending the Exeter concert within the hour has a great time!!! Looking forward to hearing about it :D

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Post by JimmyRiddle » 2 years ago

Looks like the ticket price as been more than justified with 'Mysterium', 'Voca Me' and the welcome return of the impressive 'Dreaming of Home' and 'Sacris Solemnis' this thanks to 'Dani' & 'Yuki' who shared it on twitter/facebook. Sometimes it can feel cold and draughty, sometimes the pews are uncomfortable to sit on and a pillar might be in the way, but for the pure acoustics alone nothing will convince me otherwise that a cathedral/church brings out the best in Libera. Congrats to those with the lucky tickets!
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Post by mbbrose » 2 years ago

I saw in the program posted that Raoul Neumann is playing French horn!

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Post by Surpinto » 2 years ago

It sure sounds like it was an excellent concert! The tweets were very informative to read, thank you Yuki and Dani. Now come on, people, post a proper, long form review already. If FDL was there we would already have had the full dissertation by now :wink: . Come on come on! :D

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Post by mbbrose » 2 years ago

Surpinto wrote:It sure sounds like it was an excellent concert! The tweets were very informative to read, thank you Yuki and Dani. Now come on, people, post a proper, long form review already. If FDL was there we would already have had the full dissertation by now :wink: . Come on come on! :D
I second that!! Come on dissertation!

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Re: Exeter, UK Monday 27th July & Christchurch 28th July 201

Post by dani » 2 years ago

I will give a few facts as I am dyslexic so I am sure nobody wants to read a long post off me . Yorkie and Patrick are better at those :)

The concert was simply amazing , a lot of the boys are on top form and it showed . Stand out performances for me was Danny Boy , Mysterium and Sacris Solemnis ( it was great to have these two back on a set list )

Alessandro did the solo for Mysterium , How Great Thou Art and Wayfaring but Lucus did both of the solos for How Shall I Sing That majesty . Alex M is now doing the high parts on Salva and Voca Me.

Merlin did the solo part for Stay With Me and he was really composed for such a young child and he did it wonderfully . Lucus I think did the high notes on this but he was the other side of the stage of me so I am not 100% sure .

A new song which I have not heard Libera perform before was "Nearer My God To Thee" which was not on the set list . Neither was Danny Boy or Lullaby which was also performed. A wonderful world was the encore.

So some small little tit bits :)

ETA - Voca and Salva the high parts were done from the balcony above us :)

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Re: Exeter, UK Monday 27th July & Christchurch 28th July 201

Post by john45 » 2 years ago

Thanks Dani.
What a pleasure it was to see and hear Libera back in its natural environment – a magnificent medieval cathedral. Of course, Libera sounds great wherever it performs (no sports stadiums please) but nothing beats the acoustics and ambience of a great cathedral.
I will just mention the new and revived items.
First a most welcome return of Sacris Solemnis which I last saw performed live at Dublin in 2009. Based on Beethoven’s 7th , the sweeping crescendos and exquisite harmonies make this a soul stirring piece.
Then came Mysterium. I think last performed at Guildford in 2013. No hoods this time but beautifully performed by Alessandro. The solo version (as with Ed Day) is excellent – but I think the duet version (Stefan/Ralph, Dylan/Lucas) allows for a more dramatic presentation.
Not mentioned in the program was a surprise new a capella version of “Nearer My God to Thee”. Beautifully led by Alessandro and Isaac, it was supported, I think, by Sam, Ciaran and either Lucas or Alex M. Someone please correct me if I’m wrong. As with "Danny Boy" the a capella performances confirm the exceptional talent of the choristers
Finally a welcome return of “Stay with Me” and I echo Dani’s praise for the magical performance by Merlin. He has been doing a great job on the descant for Sanctus for some months now but this was his first full solo, confidently and accurately delivered with a very pleasing and clear voice. Well done Merlin!
Should also mention the staging for Voca Me and Salve Me. Alex Montaro, illuminated by a purple spotlight, sang the high parts standing about 30 feet above the ground on top of the medieval screen housing the organ and separating the nave from the quire.Very effective.
The Exeter audience was very appreciative and gave two enthusiastic standing ovations.

Looking forward to Christchurch Priory this evening. The Priory is a 12th century building about 200 years older than the Cathedral. The central nave is narrower, seating only 12 in each row compared with 20 at Exeter. A full house (not counting the side aisles) will probably only amount to about 350 compared with over 600 at Exeter.

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Re: Exeter, UK Monday 27th July & Christchurch 28th July 201

Post by alcesalcesobservator » 2 years ago

john45 wrote:Thanks Dani.
What a pleasure it was to see and hear Libera back in its natural environment – a magnificent medieval cathedral. Of course, Libera sounds great wherever it performs (no sports stadiums please) but nothing beats the acoustics and ambience of a great cathedral.
I will just mention the new and revived items.
First a most welcome return of Sacris Solemnis which I last saw performed live at Dublin in 2009. Based on Beethoven’s 7th , the sweeping crescendos and exquisite harmonies make this a soul stirring piece.
Then came Mysterium. I think last performed at Guildford in 2013. No hoods this time but beautifully performed by Alessandro. The solo version (as with Ed Day) is excellent – but I think the duet version (Stefan/Ralph, Dylan/Lucas) allows for a more dramatic presentation.
Not mentioned in the program was a surprise new a capella version of “Nearer My God to Thee”. Beautifully led by Alessandro and Isaac, it was supported, I think, by Sam, Ciaran and either Lucas or Alex M. Someone please correct me if I’m wrong. As with "Danny Boy" the a capella performances confirm the exceptional talent of the choristers
Finally a welcome return of “Stay with Me” and I echo Dani’s praise for the magical performance by Merlin. He has been doing a great job on the descant for Sanctus for some months now but this was his first full solo, confidently and accurately delivered with a very pleasing and clear voice. Well done Merlin!
Should also mention the staging for Voca Me and Salve Me. Alex Montaro, illuminated by a purple spotlight, sang the high parts standing about 30 feet above the ground on top of the medieval screen housing the organ and separating the nave from the quire.Very effective.
The Exeter audience was very appreciative and gave two enthusiastic standing ovations.

Looking forward to Christchurch Priory this evening. The Priory is a 12th century building about 200 years older than the Cathedral. The central nave is narrower, seating only 12 in each row compared with 20 at Exeter. A full house (not counting the side aisles) will probably only amount to about 350 compared with over 600 at Exeter.
Argh! I was I could have been there! I love Dreaming of Home and Sacris Solemnis, and Nearer my God to Thee is a great favourite of mine. Also, the staging for Voca me sounds fabulous. Thanks for the review!

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