Thanks for the concert feedback to those that were there; weather it be a detailed song-by-song analysis or just general observations its always appreciated they those who could not attend. One thing I have wondered - and also supported by a photo from Yuki on her blog
- have the rules been relaxed for their rehearsals, so that Libera now allow the public to watch them freely. At previous concerts they normally request to close the doors during their pre-concert warm-up, but maybe there as been a change in this tactic?
This was something that really surprised me at the Washington DC Basilica concerts. The rehearsal for filming was open and the church was open while they rehearsed prior to filming. It was very interesting to watch, and to see all of the former members helping with tech aspects. The atmosphere seemed very relaxed, but there didn't seem to be anyone attempting to cross any lines and interfere. Most people there sat quietly or meandered around. We were not asked to leave prior to the doors opening. At the Basilica their "green room" was right around the corner from a gathering area. I ended up in the stairwell while they were all going up to practice. It was quite a sight to see them navigate the stairs...especially the ones who's robes were a bit long!
The Libera staff are smart about it though, the boys didn't go off on their own and they moved in groups. If one needed to go somewhere, they were accompanied by one of their own.
This might be a something that happens in venues, like churches, that have other functions going on. There were services happening in the Crypt Church of the Basilica, so it couldn't be closed off. So long as people are not interfering, it seems as though they don't really mind people being there. I think it's a really neat opportunity.