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Libera: Bio

Libera is made up of boys aged between seven and fourteen who come from different backgrounds and schools all over the city of London and they meet up several times a week to rehearse at a church in the south of the city. The boys sound is a unique and original mixture of traditional choral, spiritual and new age music and over the last two years this distinctive sound has travelled the world. Their previous albums have topped both the mainstream and classical charts in many countries, including the USA, where they entered the top ten of the Billboard Classical chart and the UK, where they spent several weeks in the top three alongside Andrea Bocelli and Luciano Pavarotti.

The distinctive sound of Libera has travelled the world in the last few years. The group's albums have topped both mainstream and classical charts in many countries, and their recordings hold their place in top-tens alongside the likes of Bocelli and Pavarotti.

The boys who make up the vocal band Libera have been described as "normal" and "ordinary". However, as their recordings and performances demonstrate, the music they produce is truly extraordinary. With shimmering, mystical chords and ecstatic harmonies, they are unlike any other group you have ever heard. At times plaintive, at others climactic and transcendent. These are truly sounds to lift the soul. Celestial
sounds for a new time.

In addition to their work together, the singers of Libera have been involved in numerous different projects. This includes having worked on pop music productions with artists as wide-ranging as Bjork, Neil Diamond, Alison Moyet and Elton John, as well as appearing in popular UK television shows, such as the daytime TV show Des and Mel, the children s programme Blue Peter, Top of the Pops and the drama series Poirot. They have also sung on various Hollywood film scores and most recently have worked on the hugely successful version of Romeo and Juliet, starring Leonardo di Caprio and Claire Danes, released in 1997, Twelve Monkeys, which starred Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis, Shadowlands and Hannibal, both of which starred Anthony Hopkins.

The music on Free is all directed, written and arranged by Robert Prizeman, who has lead the group for the last ten years and was with them for the release of their first CD in 1999. Libera is a boy band in the true sense of the word but unlike any that people have heard before. They are virtually impossible to pigeon-hole as their sound covers a variety of styles. It is here their strength lies and I very much hope that this will enable their music to cross borders and cultures around the globe.

Theo Lap, Vice President of International Marketing at EMI Classics said The London-based Boys group Libera create a magical sound with their special mixture of music that comes very much alive in their new album "Free". I'm personally very excited about our new venture and I'm convinced that Libera has truly universal appeal. The groups second album is called Visions.

Millions recognise their music, without ever knowing their name. You may have heard them singing the haunting soundtrack to Merchant Of Venice; accompanying the gruesome Hannibal; serenading Baz Luhrmann's Romeo & Juliet; abetting Gary Lineker's crisp-stealing television adverts in the UK; backing Pavarotti, Elton John, or Bjork; supporting Hayley Westenra and Aled Jones; or bringing the long-running UK TV series This Is Your Life to a close.

The singers of Libera who are aged seven to sixteen attend many different local schools in South London and come from a variety of backgrounds. Although they are boys and they sing, they do not think of themselves as choirboys, but rather as an alternative
kind of boy band.

1 In Dulci Jubilo  
2 Walking In The Air  
3 Ding Dong Merrily On High  
4 In The Bleak Midwinter  
5 Noel Nouvelet  
6 Once In Royal David's City  
7 I Saw Three Ships  
8 What Child Is This (Greensleeves)  
9 Sing Lullaby (The Infant King)  
10 Carol Of The Bells  
11 Wexford Carol  
12 O Little Town Of Bethlehem  
13 The Angel Gabriel  
14 Poor Little Jesus  
15 Gaudete  
16 Silent Night  
17 Do You Hear What I Hear?  
Sing Lullaby (The Infant King)
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Libera 6th June 2020

The  boys  who  make  up  the  choral  group  Libera  are  normal  South  London  kids  aged  7  to  16  years.  The  music  they  produce  is  truly  extraordinary.  Their  new album  ‘Christmas Carols With Libera' is available on 15 November 2019 on  CD  plus  digital formats through Invisible Hands Music.  

Libera are one of the leading worldwide exponents of the British choral tradition and this special collection includes 16 popular carols and a bonus song from the ‘The Snowman'; the evergreen ‘Walking in the Air' is recreated Libera-style.  From the traditional‘Once In Royal David's City' and the haunting ‘Carol Of The Bells' to the popular ‘In The Bleak Midwinter', this new CD is packed with favourites but also imbued with the unmistakable atmosphere of a Libera concert. There will be a launch show on 3 December 2019 at 1930 at St John Smith Square, London.

Taking on the mellow and the more upbeat songs in this collection, the boys of Libera had great fun. The likes of ‘Ding Dong Merrily On High' require real precision, as well as purity. Many of the tracks were recorded during a group ‘retreat' to a rehearsal space in an old school, this allowed a true live feel to the process. The boy who took the lead vocal on ‘The Snowman' had just turned 9 years old, whilst the introductions to the French ‘Noël Nouvelet' and the Irish ‘Wexford Carol' are both handled by native French and Gaelic speakers, Libera is as polyglot as ever.

Libera are a phenomenon with 65 million  hits  on  You Tube,  they have performed  for  Popes  and  Presidents and  gained 3 Classical  Brit  nominations. With  shimmering,  mystical  chords  and  ecstatic  harmonies,  they  are  unlike  any  other  group  you  have  ever  heard.  The  distinctive  sound  of  Libera has  travelled  the  world  and has  endeared  the  group  to  fans  all  over  the world,  particularly  in  the  USA,  the  UK,  the  Philippines,  South  Korea  and  Japan,  where  their  CDs  top  the  mainstream  and  classical  charts  and  where  they  pack  concert  halls and  Cathedrals  appearing  in  their  trademark  flowing  white  robes  on  imaginatively  lit  stages.