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5th October 2013

Interesting Ireland – North and South – Part 2

After the week of rehearsing was over, it was time to travel to Northern Ireland and Armagh for the show. Back to a hotel in the precinct of The City of Armagh. We’ve sung in Armagh before, but we’ve never stayed there. Across the city we could see the beautiful Armagh Cathedral, standing tall at the edge of the town.

Again, we had our usual sightseeing. Close by to us was a Navan Fort, an old fort which was inhabited by ‘Celtic’ families. It was really really interesting listening to the amazing tour guides, who surprisingly kept in Celtic character all the time. We loved the hands on experience, and some of us made our own Celtic shields. Some people spent so much care and attention on coloring, even the older ones.

We also were lucky to go to the wonderful Armagh Observatory; which proved to be harder to find than we thought. Inside the museum, we got tickets to sit in the observatory cinema, with 360 degree viewing projected on a dome screen. Not once, but, oh yes, twice. Then we roamed the stars – by that I mean a trip down the corridor – and then popped into a rocket-making workshop. Turns out many of us are exquisite rocket builders and should probably work for NASA, especially Thomas Delgado-Little’s rocket which went miles ahead when we did a test firing.

img_8491This Armagh part of the tour was much calmer. We were all preparing for the two shows we were actually rehearsing for, so we saved our voices and killed time by mainly watching movies. The hotel we stayed in had a nice breakfast as usual, and strangely completely different from the first week. But breakfast is irrelevant, as the time for performing had come.

We walked through the city of Armagh a few times, and the cathedral was a short walk away. We were all ready, even walking through all the masses of camera gear. And the tripods. And the lights. And the seats. And the producers. And the food. And the robes.
Well, you get the idea it was much busier than one of our usual concerts.

Our first show was only to a small audience, seeing as there were massive cameras in the way and such. It’s really weird to see a cathedral full of cameras, and many things are different about a filmed concert. Our hair is styled so we look tip top for a start. Well at least that was the idea.

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Sometimes we have to repeat certain songs because the producey-people type persons want more shots of us singing. But that only happened a couple of times. One of the nicest things about this concert was the lovely Irish band that accompanied us. The styles of music were much different too, and it’s nice to have a change once in a while.

The next show we did was to a full audience. Of course being a recorded show there were much more strict ideals on positions and so forth, but we have that with any show we do. After the shows were over, we went back to our hotel and rested before we would travel back to England.
The Ireland tours are always fun for us, seeing as choral music is a big part of Irish music to; but going away is always fun. We’re already looking forward to our next tour.

That’s it for now. See you next time.


17 Comments on “Interesting Ireland – North and South – Part 2

Mary Rose Dela Cruz
5th October 2013 at 12:41 pm

Loved your newest blog, specially that bit about the “Vominator” in part 1. Ugh, poor Kuba. Glad to know you had a great time in Ireland. Excited to see you here in Manila soon. 🙂 BTW, to the blog-writer, love your producey-people word. It’s always interesting and fun to play with words. 🙂

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Rachelle O'Hara
5th October 2013 at 1:29 pm

And that tour would be here in the Philippines. Yay! 🙂 Thanks so much for this nice blog on Ireland. We got to know some of your activities there, how much fun you had, and all the prepartions you did for the filming of your concert. Can’t wait to get a hold of the CD and DVD. Hope to get to visit Ireland too someday, and like you guys, meet up some long lost relatives of my husband’s 🙂 See you soon!

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Winx
5th October 2013 at 1:53 pm

Ireland truly is a beautiful place. 🙂 Well done on the Concert Shoot. I wish you guys all the best in your group: Boys and Crew. Stay safe and happy! ^___^

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Timothy Sayers
5th October 2013 at 1:58 pm

Thank you for sharing this blog on your tour in Ireland. I’m glad everyone had a wonder experience. Looking for to the release of the DVD. Also, waiting for your next tour of the USA.

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Johan Stolze
5th October 2013 at 4:05 pm

I was there in Armagh and enjoyed the concert greatly. I am very happy to see you also enjoyed your stay in Ireland. I am happy if you are happy.

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Gary in Florida
6th October 2013 at 2:17 am

Thanks for the always-excellent update. I’m glad to hear that you were able to rehearse over there and have some enjoyable time together as a team. That was a great idea (instead of just rehearsing at home). The leadership of Libera is, once again, even smarter than we give them credit for. I already bought 10 DVDs to give away, to . . . well, I don’t even know yet.

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Bernard Alamargot
6th October 2013 at 7:53 am

My second times in Armagh, I could assist at the rehearsal 8 and 9 august, I was in fist row in Church, now I am waiting for the DVD, I bought it in Amazon .
Please every body must buy CD and DVD.

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John Sarmiento
6th October 2013 at 8:35 am

Will you be having a meet and greet in a mall before the concert here in the Philippines?

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가영 신
6th October 2013 at 9:54 am

Wow…… I want to see you again……

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Terry Tschopp
6th October 2013 at 3:15 pm

Dear Libera: Wow, you guys always manage to have a great time. Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience with us; it was lovely to hear of what sounds like a brilliant time 🙂

God Bless,

Terry

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Bruno
6th October 2013 at 3:36 pm

I want to sing beside them

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Maria Marghareta
6th October 2013 at 4:01 pm

Wow! I read the blog from part 1 until part 2, and I think it was all amazing journey to you guys! I wish I could come to your concert, but it’s really far away from here to there. I live in Indonesia, and off course – if I went to Ireland or England, I would spend a lot of money which maybe I could use for college. I’m hoping for the best to you guys. Btw, I’ve been waiting for the Christmas album in Ireland. I hope to hear your sweet angels’ voices again. Have fun, guys! God bless u all.

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Lawrence Burtelow
6th October 2013 at 8:09 pm

I cant wait to see the DVD. I already have it pre-ordered from Amazon. The photos taken during the concert are really spectacular! This will be a feast for the eyes as well as the ears. All you guys look so different in regular clothes. I had problems recognizing some of you without the white robes. Good luck on your upcoming tour of the Philippines. Hopefully, I’ll be seeing you live in the US soon. 2014?

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Anne Elliott
8th October 2013 at 12:53 pm

I was at the Hamilton concert in April 2011 and it was wonderful. Any news of another Canadian tour in the future?

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Jay Quince
23rd October 2013 at 8:55 am

When will there be a tour of Australia?

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Ryan Woodruff
29th October 2013 at 9:12 pm

I love listening to Libera. Are there any plans to come to the US in the near future?

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James Tromza
4th December 2013 at 1:22 am

When are or is your group coming to
Georgia USA

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