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13th September 2021

Robert Prizeman RIP

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Robert Prizeman, our beloved founder and Musical Director.  Robert passed away peacefully on Wednesday 8th September, having been ill for some months.

At Robert’s request his funeral will be a private ceremony for his immediate family only.  As the Libera family we will celebrate and honour Robert’s life and legacy at a memorial event which will be arranged in the coming months.

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine: et lux perpetua luceat eis.

If you wish to make a donation to support Libera in memory of Robert you may do so by clicking the button below.

 

 


125 Comments on “Robert Prizeman RIP

Will Williams
13th September 2021 at 2:20 pm

Oh my! This is so surprising! So that’s why Sam and Steven had been directing Libera for a while! Robert was a wonderful man whom I’m sure loved all the kids he worked with! And he always did a marvelous job with his work! I’m sure the kids will miss him dearly! Libera though I’m sure is in good hands with Sam and Steven taking the wheel!

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Thomas (Tom) Croke
14th September 2021 at 9:27 pm

I’m from a distance with no more information available to me about what is happening at Libera than is on this website. I would be very interested in knowing about who Sam and Steven are and what are the future plans for Libera. I know that Libera is extremely careful and professional about what information is shared, and I respect the choices to be careful, especially where the safety of the boys is at issue. I am a patron of Josh Madine on Patreon, but he is understandably silent about anything involving Libera that is not already public and silent about almost everything that is public.

My very best to everyone with Libera going forward and my deepest condolences to Mr. Prizeman’s family.

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Jim
9th October 2021 at 12:59 pm

Pretty sure thats Sam Leggett and Steven Geragthy. Former Libera singers.

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Karen Hally
4th October 2021 at 11:35 pm

Kia Kaha Stay strong both Mr Prizemans family and all the Libera team during this sad time. My sympathy is with you all !! From a New Zealand fan. Yes your music has got fans this far away !!!! Sure Mr Prizeman would love to know that Libera keeps on singing even after his death in fact it would be a great tribute to him. From Karen

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Elisa
13th September 2021 at 2:41 pm

My deepest condolences to Robert’s family and to everyone in Libera.
In Paradisum deducant te Angeli;
in tuo adventu suscipiant te Martyres,
et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Jerusalem.
Chorus Angelorum te suscipiat,
et cum Lazaro quondam paupere,
aeternam habeas requiem.

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Andrew Ferguson
13th September 2021 at 2:46 pm

Oh dear…my condolences to everyone at Libera! 🙏🙏🎶🎶🎶🎶

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Albert Limback
13th September 2021 at 2:59 pm

RIP -Robert You would be miss,, You help many Boys to discovered music…Some of the past Libera Boys had return and now working inside Libera today!

Rest In Peace now Robert,he is with God now…

This man need to be Knighted… He has bring light to music form that was gone,,Boys singing in choirs..

Please help Libera anyway you guys can….

You would be miss,,, Thanks for all the music you bring to the people….

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Wayne Benner
13th September 2021 at 3:00 pm

I am devastated. So sorry for this loss, I’m sure the boys are very upset. Prayers to Robert’s family, and the entire Libera family.

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Doug Mutton
13th September 2021 at 3:02 pm

Oh my, I am simply so very sorry to learn of Mr Prizeman’s passing.
Yet I’m overjoyed to learn of his call and promotion to God’s heavenly choir!
I simply cannot wait to hear the angels singing with Mr Prizeman!
May God bless and grant all of you – Mr Prizeman’s family, friends, the boys and their families (who I know he loved), the Libera staff, crew and fans all over the world – a sense of peace that surpasses all understanding in this difficult time. And know you’re in my thoughts and prayers always.
Peace, blessings and love.
Doug

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Thomas
13th September 2021 at 3:07 pm

Thank you Mr Prizeman for sharing your love of music with us. Your music will live on and inspire generations of young musicians and singers to come.

” Once an angel, such an angel, once an angel at our side, long ago.
Still an angel shall they evermore remain for evermore. “

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Rudy Vande Loo
13th September 2021 at 3:12 pm

My deepest condolences to the family, friends and the entire Libera family from the boys to the fans :'(
I just found out and am heartbroken :'(

Fortunately his music remains but this is a great loss for everyone.

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Joep
13th September 2021 at 3:23 pm

So sad to hear this. He is so inspiring. He made libera great and showed a lot of the boys to follow also their own plan as he did.

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J Adrian Verkouteren
13th September 2021 at 3:30 pm

Mr. Prizeman has left behind him a towering legacy in the music he has created and the lives he has touched, performers and audiences alike. May he rest in peace and may the institution he has founded long continue to embody the values he instilled in it.

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Joanna Cranfield
13th September 2021 at 3:31 pm

Such a talented and lovely man. He will be greatly missed by so many. May you rest in perfect peace dear Robert x

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Eric Hamilton Smith
13th September 2021 at 3:38 pm

OMG, I am so very sorry to hear of Robert’s passing, keeping his family and the boys of Libera in my prayers.

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William Adams
13th September 2021 at 3:39 pm

Such sad and tragic news . . . my treble boys choir [Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas] hosted LIBERA on their last US visit here in Texas.

Te ducant angeli . . . requiescat in pace [May the angels lead you, rest in peace]

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Darren Bartlett
13th September 2021 at 11:00 pm

Well said Bill, a great loss indeed. Darren Bartlett

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Jay Henson
13th September 2021 at 4:05 pm

This is incredibly sad news. Mr. Prize an was an absolute treasure. His musical vision brought us Libera and with it some of the most beautiful and meaningful music ever heard. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all the Libera and choir members past and present who had their lives shaped and guided by this talented man. He will be missed by many many people all over the world.

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Jakob libera wood
13th September 2021 at 4:22 pm

RIP Robert thank you for St Philips and Libera xxxxx

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Thelma L. Guzman
13th September 2021 at 4:34 pm

Thank you, Mr. Robert Prizeman for sharing libera’s music to your filipino fans. It was an honor to have you and the choirboys perform for several years. Rest in peace. 🙏

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AsCo
13th September 2021 at 4:57 pm

Oh mein Gott! Das tut mir wirklich wahnsinnig leid und natürlich war mein erster Gedanke … “Gibt es Libera auch noch in der Zukunft mit neuen Musikstücken, in Konzerten, auf CDs und/oder DVDs?”. Eigentlich blöd, dass man so etwas denkt. Wichtig ist in einem solchen Moment der verstorbene Mensch, seine Familie und all diejenigen, die um den Verstorbenen trauern und ihr Leben jetzt ohne ihn weiter gestalten müssen.
Ich hoffe aber trotzdem, dass der Chor im Sinne von Robert Prizeman weiter wächst und wir noch viele schöne Momente mit ihm erleben. Es wäre zu schade, wenn dieser Tod jetzt auch die Bücher des Chores schließen würde.

Meine Gedanken sind bei all denen, die um Robert Prizeman trauern und ihn vermissen.

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Brian Sharpe
13th September 2021 at 5:02 pm

Wow, I’m really sorry to hear that. I remember seeing him, on stage, when Libera came to Morristown, NJ, in April 2014. I will forever be grateful for the music he produced. Rest in Peace.

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Bob McAdams
13th September 2021 at 11:01 pm

Wow! I was at that same concert! One of the unusual things about the Mayo Performing Arts Center is that there’s really no gap between the front row of seats and the stage. And since I was in the third row back, I could make eye contact with all of them. It was evident to me that Robert wanted the boys, and not himself, to receive all the applause!

My prayer is that he taught all of them well enough that they’ll be able to continue on with the same level of excellence even though he is no longer physically present with them!

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Colin Swift
13th September 2021 at 5:23 pm

50 years ago, I worked with Robert on a small show with St Philip’s church choir. This fantastic choir became Libera through Robert’s incredible talent and determination. To me he was a genius and he remained our dear friend till the last.
I am missing him now and I will miss him forever

Rest in Peace x

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Marione Macaraeg
13th September 2021 at 5:26 pm

I’m shocked and saddened by this devastating news. Robert has been the principal architect of the Libera we all come to know and love. He is the progenitor of bringing Latin and Choral music into the spotlight of popular culture. Libera is known in and outside of U.K. because of the legend that is Robert Pirzeman. We thank you for your contribution to society, for bringing us Libera, for the music. Your legacy will live on. We will never forget you. Rest easy, sire!

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Eugênio (Libera Brazil)
13th September 2021 at 5:56 pm

Such a huge loss to us all. But his legacy will remain in our hearts and in Libera’s songs. Hope he rests in peace. He deserves it.

And in the name of all Libera’s supporters in Brazil, we thank you Mr. Prizeman.

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John Brown
13th September 2021 at 5:58 pm

My deepest condolences to Robert’s family, friends and to the boys and staff. His spirit will live on forever in the music he leaves behind. Long live Libera!

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Lawrence Jones
13th September 2021 at 6:05 pm

I am so sorry. Prayers and condolences to the entire Libera family.

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Carl Marsh
13th September 2021 at 6:15 pm

OMG i am very Shock about the News of Robert Prizeman. My Deepest Condolences to the family.. and the boys of Libera RIP

Sam and Steven had been directing Libera and i hope they keep going on bringing amazing Music for us to Listen too…

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Dave Fleming
13th September 2021 at 6:17 pm

Libera music touches many people in many different ways. As an Autistic person, Libera music is what is played to calm me during emotional breakdowns. All who aid me know Libera music brings peace to my distressed mind. I shared this information with Mr. Prizeman and he was very touched. I know now, when I hear angelic music, it is being guided by the hands of Richard Prizeman from the heavens above.

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Enyu
13th September 2021 at 6:25 pm

Libera has always been the greatest comfort, hope, and light to many. I’m lost for words… Libera’s music has always taken a huge part in my heart for more than two decades of my life. Sending my deepest condolence and love and prayers to all Libera family. I’ll always remember and thank him for everything he has done for the world. I was truly lucky and blessed to have known Libera. My heart is broken and it hurts so bad.
May he rest in peace, and rise in glory…

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Heinz Stockinger
13th September 2021 at 6:32 pm

My condolences to everyone at Libera!
Robert Prizeman Rest in Peace!

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Edward F. Hafner
13th September 2021 at 7:29 pm

Robert Prizeman’s talent lives on in the voices of every boy he taught and mentored.
Robert Prizeman’s heart lives on in all the friendships and joy his life created around the world.
Peace to his family and close associates.

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Paul B. Sharp
13th September 2021 at 7:37 pm

I am sorry to hear about Robert’s passing. A wonderful inspiration to many adults and children across the world. I’m sure his legacy Libera 😇will carry his torch to further generations across the globe. Rest in peace

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Douglas Griffeth
13th September 2021 at 8:01 pm

I once told Bob that he was a genius for creating a new space for the art and culture of boychoir. He declined the praise, saying many people were involved, and of course he was correct.

Our first meeting followed a performance with the usual meet and greet following, but Bob wasn’t there. I finally found him helping the cleanup crew stow the miles of audio and video cable necessary for a LIBERA performance. A man with so many gifts, but deflecting praise to others.

It is a real blessing that his staff is able to step in to keep the LIBERA phenomenon alive. Our thanks to them and our continued support!

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Lauren Booth
13th September 2021 at 8:03 pm

I’m so sorry. Prayers for God’s comfort and deep peace for his family, choir family, and friends. It was a privilege to have met him. His music and his training of so many choristers and musicians will continue to bless the world for years to come. He will be so missed. <3

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Manami Kanda
13th September 2021 at 8:08 pm

I am very surprised to hear this announcement. I believed Robert would conduct well again. I don’t know how many gifts he received from him. LIBERA’s music is Robert’s love. We were always happy in that love. And always will be. Robert, thank you so much for your love. I pray for your soul. Please rest in peace in heaven.

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Pascal Moré
13th September 2021 at 8:29 pm

Robert Prizeman has given comfort and hope to many people through his music and with his unique choir Libera. Therefore I want to thank him for what left with us. The cover artwork of the forthcoming album “if” already indicated a step into a new dimension, with the symbol of the open door towards the light at the end of a dark room.
May Robert have found his way through that door and find eternal peace.
My condolences go out to his family as well as to the choir members and their families, which I would like to count to Robert’s extended family over all these years.

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Niclay
13th September 2021 at 8:29 pm

I am very sad about Robert Prizeman’s death.
I wish Libera comfort and strength.

R.I.P. Robert Prizeman

Your Libera fans from Germany

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Mike Gwin
13th September 2021 at 8:31 pm

You will be missed Robert. Prayers to your family

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Pascal Moré
13th September 2021 at 8:33 pm

May his work live on in Libera and the adventure of his choir continue.

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SALLY OSHEA
13th September 2021 at 8:42 pm

My heart is broken for Libera, and all of your loved ones. Thank you for sharing your beautiful music with us. The world was a better place with you in it. May you rest in heavenly peace for all eternity.

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Giuseppe Rocco
13th September 2021 at 9:29 pm

Le mie più sentite condoglianze alla famiglia e al coro Libera, che seguo e stimo da diversi anni. La musica di Robert Prizeman resterà per sempre.

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Dr Noël Tredinnick
13th September 2021 at 9:35 pm

As a fellow Songs of Praise musical colleague I had been for 30 years Robert Prizeman’s mouthpiece, voicing the words over the telephone link from the Sound Van he was telling me to say. As Music Adviser his ears and his listening to detail were the best in the business. And his cool, enigmatic manner added to both his mistique and equally his delight!

We lament his passing and his musical voice through, supremely his musical arrangements and mixes for, the ever-dear , evergreen, Libera Boy’s Choir, no end. An important light has gone out in the firmament of vocal spiritual music. Tragic!
RIP RIG, dearest colleague Bob!

Noël Tredinnick

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Roger Sayer
13th September 2021 at 9:56 pm

Bob was a wonderful musician and person. We shared many laughs on RSCM courses.
No matter what quality of the choristers in his ‘house’ they always sounded better than any others. He gave me the opportunity to perform his original ‘Songs of Praise’ theme tune. I am very sad but also grateful for the fun and camaraderie we shared over many years. RIP Dear Bob

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Gordon Tyerman
14th September 2021 at 7:25 am

Roger, you’re not wrong! Bob had our sort of humour! Wacky sometimes…..we got stuck behind screens at Canterbury once when a live broadcast was minutes away! The vergers were clearing the Cathedral and we couldn’t get out! His times on courses at Devizes etc were legendary!

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Matthew Burrows
19th September 2021 at 9:17 pm

So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I had the pleasure of being in Bob’s house at the RSCM course at Haileybury one year and Roger’s the next. I was Bob’s House Captain too, and had the pleasure of working with him at many RSCM events, in his studio and on some Songs of Praise broadcasts.
I’ll never forget his Masterclass at Addington Palace, where he explained how he trained boys, and played audio recordings of their auditions, pointing out which elements he would correct through training and which he would leave as character and colour.
He had a great sense of humour, was a generous teacher and collaborator, and I am glad to have counted him as a friend.

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mathes
13th September 2021 at 9:58 pm

Das ist eine sehr traurige Nachricht. Meine Gedanken sind bei seiner Familie und all denen die ihn als Freund und Vertrauten schätzten. Seine Arrangements & Kompositionen und die Art sie mit LIBERA zu präsentieren sind und bleiben unvergesslich…..es gibt nichts Vergleichbares….und das ist sein Vermächtnis.
Ich bedanke mich mit einer tiefen Verneigung für sein schaffen und diese einzigartige Musik.

This is very sad news. My thoughts are with his family and all those who valued him as friend and confidants. His arrangements & compositions and the way they are presented with LIBERA are and will remain unforgettable … ..there is nothing like it … and that is his legacy.
I thanks with a deep bow for his work and this unique music.

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Milet Ismael
13th September 2021 at 10:10 pm

I am deeply saddened by this news 🙁 Mr. Prizeman will be sorely missed. I take comfort in the fact that his music will live on, through the many gifted young people that he has trained and mentored through those many wonderful, fruitful years. With this, God’s message of love, peace and hope will continue to be told…and sung by Libera. Thank you Mr. Prizeman for sharing your life with us. I pray for comfort for the family and loved ones, during this difficult time.

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Hazel Pudney
13th September 2021 at 10:44 pm

Rob touched so many lives through his incredible musical talent…from St Philip’s Boys Choir, Angel Voices and in more recent years, Libera. My family, through my brother (a boy treble & one time Head Chorister) knew, loved & respected Rob. Rob was an Alumni of the RCM which holds a very special place in my heart. May he Rest in Peace & Rise in Glory 🙏🙏

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Darren Bartlett
13th September 2021 at 11:04 pm

So shocked to read this. Robert and I had liaised on a number of concerts, way back in the 90’s and more recently at Christchurch Priory. We kept in touch over 30 years usually a couple of emails a year catching up on our respective concerts and tours and always had nice chats on the phone talking about our musical exploits. What a wonderful legacy he leaves, some absolutely stunning music and singing from the boys he mentored. There is no other choir that sound like Libera and that is down to the genius of Robert Prizeman. R.I.P. Condolences to all concerned. Darren Bartlett

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Manuel
13th September 2021 at 11:05 pm

I cannot even imagine how large the gap must be that Robert will leave behind. I wish his family and friends as well as the whole LIBERA family much strength in this dark time.

Thank you so much for bringing heaven on earth with your music and for letting the Angels sing. May you rest in peace. You will never be forgotten.

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Christian Luther
13th September 2021 at 11:16 pm

I am really shocked to learn about the death of Robert. It’s a very sad day for everyone who admired his work. He will be in our thoughts and prayers. R.I.P.

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Kevin Murawski
13th September 2021 at 11:42 pm

Goodbye Rob. I am so melancholy. So unexpected. I miss you. Thank you for all you did for joy on earth. Jesus and Mary love you very much. 😭😢😔

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C roovers
14th September 2021 at 12:04 am

Robert bedankt voor je muziek en je inzet om over te brengen op de jongens. Ik heb je twee keer live mogen meemaken. Ik waardeerde je bescheiden rol tijdens de concerten.
Familie en Libera gecondoleerd

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Daniel C
14th September 2021 at 12:24 am

I’m shocked, I had no idea he was ill.

Thank you Robert for the memories of many a Libera concert over the years. Your spirit will live on in the music.

Condolences to all who knew and loved him. RIP sir.

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Dave Harries
14th September 2021 at 12:41 am

Very sad news. My sympathies to Robert’s family and friends and to all the members of Libera.

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EJ Aquino
14th September 2021 at 12:44 am

Robert will truly be missed… My deepest condolences and sympathy to the entire Libera Family. Requiescat in Pace

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David Daly
14th September 2021 at 1:21 am

So sorry to hear this. What a gift and legacy he has left the world in all his music and especially to all the boys that were privileged enough to sing in the choir. Heaven’s music will be even sweeter from now on. Condolences to his family and all at Libera. R.I.P. Robert and thank you for the music which will continue to shine as a light in dark places.

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Glenn Jalmas
14th September 2021 at 2:37 am

My deepest and sincerest condolences to Robert’s family and to all the people at Libera. Your legacy will continue to live on in our hearts. Thank you so much for the unique and extraordinary music that you had created. May you rest in peace🙏.

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KM Davis
14th September 2021 at 2:38 am

I’ve followed Libera from here in the States for many (many) years and found the arrangements and their sound so wonderfully distinctive. Both of my sons were members of the Houston Boychoir and we know how their lives were impacted and shaped by the experience as well as the music; I’m sure the boys in Libera have been similarly impacted. The world has been blessed with his work.

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Tom Bowman
14th September 2021 at 3:06 am

My sincerest condolences to Rob’s family and to all the members of the choir. Past and present.

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Craig
14th September 2021 at 3:08 am

Condolences to all the Libera family for this great loss. After following Libera’s music for 20 years I finally got to meet him and talk with him briefly at the last US tour. I’m so glad I did. There are so many whose lives he touched, either in person or just through the music he directed. I’m sure his reward is great in heaven amongst the angelic choir! May God be with those whose lives he touched! May God also be with those who are dedicated to carrying on his work and making it their own.

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David Don Halverson
14th September 2021 at 3:27 am

As I enter into my new path that God has chosen for me, I find that God has called home a great man of musical genius that created a choir of renown. May his legacy in Libera never fade away, but keep it alive through new mini-boys graduating up to become new choristers. LIbera is ever evolving, ever changing, never stagnant.

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Luis Alcides Contreras Rozo
14th September 2021 at 4:31 am

Solo quería darle las gracias a Roberth por toda esa música que nos dio a conocer a través de esas voces angelicales. QEPD desde Colombia.

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Luis Alcides Contreras Rozo
14th September 2021 at 4:34 am

Solo quería darle las gracias a Roberth, por toda esa bella música que nos dio a conocer, a través de esas voces angelicales. QEPD. Acompañándolos desde Colombia.

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Matthew Glandorf
14th September 2021 at 4:56 am

In Memory of Robert Prizeman (1952 -2021) who died this week. There are some musicians who are massively influential and creative, yet one may not have heard of them. Bob was one of them. If you know the them tune to Songs of Praise, you have heard his work because he wrote it (which was orignally written as an organ piece and I have an autographed score). If you know the English boy group “LIbera” – well, that was Bob’s brain child and life’s work. What one might not know, is the secret of that internationally known group is that they sang Sunday Eucharist and Evensongs every week at the parish church of St. Philip’s in Norbury, London. Something he did not advertise. I knew Bob from RSCM (Royal School of Church Music) chorister courses when I was a boy as one of the resident choir trainers. My personal experience was sitting at the piano as a 12 year old experimenting with jazz, Bob burst in the room, sat down and taught me the basics of the Blues scheme. And then he mysteriously left. Bob was a true renaissance musician. He did a documentary for the BBC on Howells, he was parish organist of St. Philip’s Norbury since the age of 18, arranged pop songs for Sal Solo (and the chorister of St. Philip’s) wrote jingles, had both feet in the world of pop and the Anglican choral tradition that he clearly adored. Here is one of my favorite examples that to me sums him up, a song called “Vespera” which has all of his influences combined into one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW0VMUfGjps

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Stephan Strotz > Zürich, Switzerland
14th September 2021 at 6:45 am

Die neue CD, IF, ist Roberts Requiem, nicht? Jetzt ist er am Ziel seiner Vollendung… Ich glaube, wenn wir die Zeit+seinen Einsatz für Libera verstanden haben, werden alle, die jetzt trauern, ihr Bestes geben, dass dieses beglückende Wunder auch in Zukunft in unserer Welt seinen Platz findet und WENN… alle, so wie jedeR kann, Anteil leben mit dem eigenen Tun, so wie es sich Robert wohl gewünscht hätte. Und wir werden wohl staunen+uns darüber freuen, wenn von Libera aus neue Komposi- tionen im Libera-Stil+die dazu nötigen Einfälle+Ideen durch excellente Soprane den Weg von Roberts Einsatz in unsere Welt kommen…vielleicht hat Robert da seine Hände im Spiel wer weiss…Danke für alles, was Du für uns alle von oben her wirken wird, bis wir Dich einst IN PARADISUM wiedersehen werden….was immer bleibt, ist LIBERA FOR EVER…Thank you, Dear Robert, für alles, was wir durch Dich erfahren haben… DEO GRATIAS!!
Deine Kompositionen+Deine Musik wird ganz gewiss all die Frucht+Freude bringen,
die Libera am Leben halten wird in all die fernen Zeiten. Gott segne Dich, lieber Rob!

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Gordon Tyerman
14th September 2021 at 7:19 am

This is such sad news. I worked with Robert for many years on RSCM events. He was always an inspiring character and highly skilled at his craft. We also had plenty of laughs over the years with his sense of humour matching mine!!
Rest in Piece my friend.

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Vicente Marc
14th September 2021 at 9:06 am

Je suis profondément touché par cette triste nouvelle. Robert a été une merveilleuse personne qui a su mener ce choeur si intelligemment tout en étant un protecteur de tous ces jeunes. J’ai suivi Libera depuis l’époque de Daren Geraghty jusqu’à ce jour. tous le Toutes mes condoléances à sa famille mais aussi à tout le staff, les choristes et tous les fans de Libera

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Mr. C.J. Vaughan
14th September 2021 at 9:11 am

Never has been, or will be, a sound such as that created by Mr. (should that be Sir Robert ?) Prizeman & the generations of boys he inspired.
He will be so much missed – sure we all hope the music will continue…it’s helped so many people, not least in these last 18 months.
Thoughts with the family, and all at Libera past & present who mourn now.
Sing for him, boys.

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Andrew Gower
14th September 2021 at 9:20 am

Such a shame. I had the pleasure of being in St Philips choir from 1972-80, Roberts enthusiasm and drive was amazing. We were more than just choristers he made our group special by being innovative and was always looking to do more, we had choirs trips, summer trips, Kent/Devon, musical tours, RSCM cathedral trips, Robert s enthusiasm and knowledge was infectious, he was always looking to advance i really enjoyed my time in the choir, because of Roberts leadership, it was hard work but also fun, his legacy lives on through Libera. RIP

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Hattie Elwes, St Anselm’s School
14th September 2021 at 9:31 am

It was a privilege to have worked with Robert who was such a wise and talented man. Our condolences to his family, and his Libera family. May he rest in peace.

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Maarten Das
14th September 2021 at 9:36 am

Thank you for everything, Robert. I wish we could have met at another concert. Rest in peace.

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Ian Grimley
14th September 2021 at 11:08 am

Thank you Rob for your friendship, the many concerts and recordings, and so many services at St P’s for over 50 years. I will miss hearing you call me the Great Grimlino.
Rest in peace.

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Sam Harper
25th September 2021 at 8:56 pm

Hey Ian. I sang with St Phillips back in the days of Jaymi Bandtock, Quentin Engstrom, Vincent/Mitch Penfold, Paul Orchard and of course yourself, to name but a few of a many amazing people that influenced the course of my life. Especially Rob! Are St Phillips holding a memorial do you know. Would love to attend. Kind thoughts, Sam.

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Louise Day
14th September 2021 at 11:33 am

St Philip’s choir was a huge part of mine and my brothers’ childhoods in the 80s – my brothers as choristers, me as the little sister going to church and going to many cathedral tours with the choir. I now have a big love for church music. Robert was a fantastic musician and always kind and generous. Much love to all his family. And Thank you Robert ❤️

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Martin Mayhew
14th September 2021 at 12:52 pm

RIP Robert, condolences to his family and people involved with Libera
Hopefully the boys now and in the future carry the Lux Aeterna (Eternal Light) for Robert

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Vittorio Tessaro
14th September 2021 at 1:15 pm

A news that has very embittered me.
m. Prizeman was a great conductor, composer and organist, a person of both artistic and moral inspiration.
Condolences to the family and to the Libera boys.

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Taqy Othman
14th September 2021 at 1:21 pm

We are saddened to hear of this news. Mr Robert Prizeman was and will be a vital part of Libera. Always. Our condolences to his family and all the members of Libera. ~ Love on behalf of your fans from Singapore.

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Augusto Frontán
14th September 2021 at 2:10 pm

I am very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to the family and all Libera community. His music and the example of his hard work will remain with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Prizeman, for the example of a dedicated work. Your soul is with God, rest in peace. 🙏🏼❤️

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Jeff Carter
14th September 2021 at 2:12 pm

RIP Robert. You have touched the lives of so many people around the world, myself included. Thanks for everything.

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Michael Cain
14th September 2021 at 2:19 pm

“Thank you for believing in me,” Luca’s mother publicly posted. How many boys, over the years, have been able to say that thanks to the life and legacy of this man. “Sir” Robert Prizeman, may you be remembered as not only a gifted musician and created genius, may you be remembered as a minister of youth. One who loved and believed his choristers with all his heart. That legacy will carry on as Libera for years to come. “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But, the greatest of these is love.” First Corinthians 13 verse 13.

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Saki Lewis
14th September 2021 at 2:43 pm

Rest in Peace, Mr. Prizeman, the founder of legendary Libera
You taught me the beauty of treble voices and marvelous musical arts created by trebles and your music
The harmony of your songs are all heavenly beautiful, and has shined my life for a long time. Your music was always there, both when I was happy and sad. I was not alone, I was with your music.
My dream has always been a choir conductor like you and wanted to interview you someday but I know it’s too late
You are the legend in the treble music world and you meant a lot to me
I know Libera and people supporting the group are in sorrow just like me but, please continue to support the group and boys, please don’t stop singing. Libera has the power to change the world. Libera will be OK and flourish more thanks to the good hands of Steven and Sam, who once sang in the choir and have spent a long time with Mr.Prizeman. What a wonderful things little choir boys grow and support the choir later… Mr.Prizeman is eternal in Libera.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Prizeman
I will always remember you
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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David Price
14th September 2021 at 3:31 pm

May he indeed rest in peace and rise in glory – he will be greatly missed by so many people in every corner of the globe! I first met Bob, wearing his Radio London ‘hat’, when he burst in unannounced on me as I was taking a rehearsal in the Practice Room at Addington Palace in the early ’70s, to interview me about boys’ voices, and the value of these RSCM courses in their training and advancement. I must say he gave me a really rough ride, for which he apologised profusely ‘off mike’ afterwards, but he made an instant impression, and it was no surprise then that he developed the Norbury choir into what became ‘Libera’. Thank you from so many for all you achieved, and the modesty with which you did it, Bob – you never sought the limelight for yourself, but may you enjoy it now in the glories of heaven!

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Cara
14th September 2021 at 3:41 pm

Like many, I am shocked and saddened to hear of Mr. Prizeman’s passing. He was truly a great and gifted man, sharing his talent with many choristers throughout the years. I enjoyed watching him share that talent at the concerts I attended, and it was obvious that he loved what he did, and that the boys loved it too. After a concert in St. Paul or Minneapolis, I can’t recall, I tried to work up the nerve to introduce myself to him and to offer my thanks and appreciation for a brilliant concert (and hopefully to get an autograph out of him). I wasn’t able to though, and I’ll forever regret it.

Rest in peace Mr. Prizeman. Thank you for everything.

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Roger C.
14th September 2021 at 4:59 pm

What an amazing man Robert was. He achieved SO much and has left a wonderful legacy in the hearts of all those who know Libera and who love the unique sound of boys’ voices. Is there really anyone more deserving of a knighthood, albeit long after it should have been awarded? I sincerely hope that the choir will be able to continue with new directorship to bring forward the truly stunning sound and sight of LIBERA.
It was so typical of Bob that so few people, maybe even those very close to him, had any idea that he was even ill.
May he now deservedly rest in peace, no longer in pain, and rise in glory.

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Marko Koskinen
14th September 2021 at 5:55 pm

I’m really sad to hear this news. I always appreciated Roberts way of giving the stage to the boys of the choir and stying on the side himself. But I suppose he was the founding force and a big part of the heart and soul which makes Libera what it is today.

Libera has offered us all such a gift of music and inspiration.

I’m sure Robert’s legacy will go on for a looong time.

Love from Finland

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Keith gray
14th September 2021 at 6:40 pm

Really sad news. I was in St Philips Choir in 1979 till 86 and look back on that time with fondness. Great memories of choir holidays and the shows we used to put on. Which then developed into libera and our spot on Top of the pops. Robert was always the driving force behind it all and very talented.

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Geoff Bell
14th September 2021 at 8:55 pm

So saddened to hear about the passing of Robert Prizeman. Such a talented and inspirational person. I have seen him at several live Libera concerts over the years and he really has done the country proud supporting and developing young peoples talents and creating such wonderful music. I listen to Libera CDs every day and they bring such pleasure into my life. Thanks to Robert and his incredible Libera boys, his legacy will continue. My condolences to Roberts family and Everyone associated with Libera. RIP

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Carl Jackson
15th September 2021 at 1:48 am

I was saddened to hear of Robert’s death after an extended illness. I have happy memories working with him on RSCM courses and stepping in to accompany at St Philip’s. His work there, with ‘Libera’ and at the BBC will remain a wonderful testament to a remarkable and much loved musician. RIP

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Edwin Martinez Z
15th September 2021 at 2:30 am

Condolencia a toda su familia incluyendo su familia Libera. Admiración y respeto por su genialidad musical la cual trascenderá en el tiempo y en el corazón de muchas personas, que han seguido y seguirán esas maravillosas melodías interpretadas por los talentosos chicos de Libera, que junto a todo su grupo de trabajo, han alcanzado y seguirán alcanzando mas corazones amantes de la música que toca las fibras del alma…. Dios los acompañe siempre….. muchas bendiciones….

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Kenji limura
15th September 2021 at 4:48 am

I’m very sad to hear that.
Thank you for lots of great music and performances.
I will treasure it forever.
May he Rest In Peace.

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Alejandro y Camilo
15th September 2021 at 2:27 pm

From Spain we send to all Libera Family our sadness and condolences for the passing of Robert Prizeman.Faher Alejandro and Father Camilo every year we went to London to listen the Libera.
May GOD have him in heaven so many praises he has singed to Him on earth.
A Hug to the children of Libera

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Trevor Madsen
15th September 2021 at 6:05 pm

Oh, the worst news of the year. Sad, sad, sad.
He made me always crying by all his music for Libera, and now . . .
What a bad shocking news.
He was one of the few composers whose music I as a composer always feel with whole my being.
Will anyone take his place? Or Libera will die?
Trevor from Denmark

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Iain
15th September 2021 at 8:42 pm

Very sad news. I am sorry to hear that he had been ill. My thoughts are with his family. and the boys of Libera.
He created a formidable choir and I hope it will continue to thrive as a legacy to him..He and his choir have provided inspiration, joy and entertainment to thousands.
RIP Robert. You will be sorely missed.

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Joanna Malton
15th September 2021 at 9:32 pm

Musical genius, modest, funny, clever, wise, charismatic, spiritual and caring – Bob was a wonderful friend and colleague for over 20 years. I’m shocked and full of sorrow at the news of his death. I have such happy memories of working together on Songs of Praise and cannot believe he is gone.

He leaves behind a wonderful legacy of the boys whose lives he unselfishly helped and inspired through Libera – and his sublime compositions and arrangements recorded by the choir, which lift the spirit and touch the soul. I will never tire of listening to them. You will be missed so much, Bob.

In Paradisum

Joanna Malton (former Producer, BBC Religion & Ethics)

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Martin Wieczorek
15th September 2021 at 9:44 pm

I cant’t believe what i have to read.

I adore Mr. Prizeman for his wonderful music and i am sure his music will live forever
Rest i Peace

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Father Marco Maria Fossile
16th September 2021 at 2:01 pm

Robert Prizeman was an exceptional man of great musical competence. It is a great loss for Libera and all the choirs angel’s, but it is also a great loss for all of us and those who deeply love this wonderful music and that song, I dare say, angelic, that fills us with so much peace and serenity, as well as so much joy. Of course, I can say it: in addition to my good experience as a singer, following Libera for many years in recent years, I realized the great human and cultural depth of Robert, as well as the musical one, which I consider to be at a high level. On this sad occasion, I join you all from Libera, expressing my closeness in prayer and my full solidarity. I recommend to you guys to continue his work, so as to honor his memory and the memory of him, which will never fail in our hearts. I sincerely embrace you all from my heart. I also take this opportunity to show my closeness to his family and to his closest friends. With great and heartfelt affection.

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Trevor Tsang
16th September 2021 at 5:23 pm

As a Libera’s follower for years, I am truly grateful of having the beautiful music from Robert. I never grow tried of listening to his music, it is forever refreshing, inspiring and healing.

It was my privilege to attended some of the Libera’s concerts, Robert was always humble, rarely went on the stage, even he deserved most of the applause.

His departure surely leaves a void in St Philips / Libera’s music, but his legacy shall go on in all our memories in perpetual. RIP

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Jason Forman
16th September 2021 at 11:41 pm

I am so sorry to hear the passing of our dear friend Robert…His talents and contributions to Libera will be forever honored…Heaven is even more joyous with Robert!!!
Ecclesiastes 7:1, KJV: “A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.”

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Loes Modderman
17th September 2021 at 8:19 am

This is devastating and very sad news. I was shocked when I read it. The sound of Libera is so deeply connected with the sublime arrangements of Robert Prizeman. How difficult it must have been for him to leave his boys and his legacy behind. He will be missed so much. I wish his family and all the young and older people who knew him, learned from him and gave his music voice much strength, and may Libera continue as he would have wished. Thank you for everything, Robert Prizeman !

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Victoria Davies
17th September 2021 at 9:36 am

A hero of children’s music and a great support to those of us who have the same vision. You will be much missed, Robert.

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Ellie Linne
18th September 2021 at 4:28 am

The world will miss you, Mr. Prizeman, but we are truly blessed to have the wonderful music you left to us. I know the Heavenly Choir will sound even more beautiful with you in Paradise. RIP and fly high with God’s angels. With loving thanks…🎵 💖 🎶

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Vincent
18th September 2021 at 9:49 am

Words fail me but Robert’s music and legacy with Libera and the guidance of his well trained assistants Sam and Steven will be a comfort for all who thank God for his work and each song will remind us that Robert is now in the company of the Angels in Heaven. Requiescat in Pacem

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Kevin
21st September 2021 at 3:41 am

We know all in our hearts that Libera will continue. The story continues! The legend continues! Peace! Keep an eye on Libera and us fans from that wonderful place we call Heaven, Rob. Again, RIP Rob! Cannot believe you are gone.

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Ruth Elliott
18th September 2021 at 11:59 pm

Very sorry to hear about the death of Robert Prizeman – his work with Libera has given me so much joy over the decades. Very best wishes to his family, and the Libera family.

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Lisa
19th September 2021 at 6:31 pm

RIP Robert had the pleasure of knowing you for 20+ years

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Lyndon Fish
20th September 2021 at 10:10 pm

I have been a fan since I first noticed a boy choir in white gowns, singing “Deep Peace” on Songs of Praise in 1988! I had the great honour and privilege of meeting Robert and some of the then boys in 2006/7, also some of the former choristers still working behind the scenes. So very friendly and polite, making me feel they’d known me for years, even though in reality, I was just another stranger. You can imagine how shocked and saddened I was to learn of Roberts passing. My sincerest condolences to you all. I believe God called Robert home because he wanted him to delight the company of Heaven with those moving melodies and haunting harmonies as he has delighted us here on Earth for all these years. Truly, Heavens angels will sing with angel voices. Whosoever eventually takes the reins, be it Sam, Ben, Steven or whoever, I know you’ll keep the legend that is Libera going well, after all you’ve come up through the ranks, you’ll know inside and out, the precious legacy Robert has left you, and I wish you well in all you do.

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Samuel
21st September 2021 at 4:33 am

My condolences to mr. Prizeman, I was sad to learn of his departure were so many years of work and dedication, Libera owes at least a tribute to the great master Robert, but all in his time we must respect the pain at this time. My direct feelings of brazil the family and all of Libera.

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David Osborne
23rd September 2021 at 3:32 pm

I was at school with Robert 1963 to 1970. His talents were recognised even then, not only as an organist and musician but also as a photographer! We spent many hours together at his house making and recording music. His parents and mine became good friends and the two families went on holiday together one year. Although we subsequently lost touch, I remember Robert asking me to sing in a concert at St Philip’s.

Shocking news to hear of Robert’s death when I am certain he still had a lot more to give.
Rest in peace.

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GEOFF
29th September 2021 at 3:16 am

There has been a big shake up in the Heavenly Choir.
Rip Robert Prizeman.

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Denis choir
30th September 2021 at 6:56 am

Eternal memory!🌅🍂🙏So much wonderful and angelic music!What he wrote about, he will go there – towards the angels and God!!! Gratitude and recognition!!!! From Russia🤚🤗✨☀️❤️ ✨🇷🇺💫🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🌟💖

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Jerry Gamble
2nd October 2021 at 12:16 am

I am so shocked. I literally came to find a contact eMail to ask Robert for permission to publish an SATB arrangement of Sing Forever, and I learn of this.
I certainly hope all was peaceful.

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David Coram
3rd October 2021 at 4:13 pm

What a shock to see the note about Robert after Songs of Praise today (3 October). I knew him through church connections in Norbury, London – a very talented musician with a great passion for his craft.
My condolences to family and friends and Libera.
Rev David Coram (Norbury Baptist Church 1984-2018)

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Poskai
3rd October 2021 at 11:51 pm

My sincere condolences to Mr. Prizeman’s family and to all the liberation, I was sad to learn that his departure, remembering without recalling that there were so many years of work and dedication, the essentialness of his work remains alive throughout his work, I think Libera owes at least one tribute to the great master Robert will always be remembered. message sent direct from brazil we are big fans of libera.

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Andres Domeyko
4th October 2021 at 1:05 am

I was shocked to hear of Robert Prizeman’s death and he will be sorely missed by Libera fans all over the world. Rob was the true genius behind the sound and quality of the Libera songs, and yet he was incredibly humble when it came to directing all the attention of the audiences towards the boys. Although he drove the boys hard with an often grueling schedule, he had their total respect and affection, not an easy thing with 7 to 14 year olds. God Bless Rob, and I am sure you will find an honored place among the heavenly choirs!

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Peter Hignett
5th October 2021 at 11:49 pm

I have just read the very shocking news of Bob’s death. I have known him many years right back to when we sang at RSCM Cathedral Singers events and residential courses and have followed his career with Libera with much interest and admiration. He was a fine musician, organist and singer and has imparted his gifts to very many boys and young men through his choirs. He will be much missed by the members of Libera and I send my sympathy to them and his family.

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Christopher Byerley
6th October 2021 at 10:25 am

I was deeply upset and shocked to hear of Roberts passing. My sincere condolences to his family and in particular to his sister whom I know. Unfortunately, I only met Robert on one occasion at Arundel but his enthusiasm and contribution to choral music were on display that night and Libera were a joy to listen too. Beautiful harmonies from a master of music. RIP Robert.

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Mark Edwards
9th October 2021 at 3:55 pm

How sad to hear of Roberts passing.
My sincerest condolances to all his family, colleagues, friends and acolytes whose lives have been so enriched by his presence.
As a member of the Celtic community, we believe that life is measured, not by how long you live, but by how you live. Robert Prizeman lived well.
The music he helped create, with all the people of St Philips and Libera, all the boys, all the people in the background, is more than beautiful. It is sacred.
It is not over. The seeds he planted will flourish for eternity.
Blessings Robert !
https://youtu.be/lHZ1cuYSRh4

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Darren Hey
13th October 2021 at 2:00 pm

Just found out yesterday about Mr. Prizeman’s passing! Such a shock and great loss! Condolences to the family and Libera family as well. His music will never die for sure. I think it brings new meaning to the Libera song: Sing Forever! I first heard of them on a radio program back in 2009. Been a lifelong fan since. Best of luck to Libera as they continue in the fine tradition and example set by Robert. He will be SO missed!

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Thomas Malone
14th October 2021 at 5:45 pm

It has all been said here in the beautiful tributes. Robert Prizeman was a master choral director whose legacy will live on in the beautiful singing of the boys of St. Philip and Libera. May he rest in eternal peace with the sounds of angels singing forever in the background. I hope it is possible that the Libera Memorial is a grand musical tribute to Robert and the video be shared with all of us. Sincere condolences to all the boys, the Libera organization, St. Philips Staff and his family!!! RIP

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Gail
17th October 2021 at 5:58 pm

Dearest Rob, you’ve worked your magic one last time. if is sublime. Rest in peace. Gail x

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Howard Trillo
21st October 2021 at 2:20 pm

As a fan of Libera for 15 years +, I am deeply saddened by this news. Robert created a wonderful choir, with their unique, ethereal sound, and I’m sure his legacy will be the continuation of the choir in the safe hands of Sam and Steven. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and the boys of Libera, past and present.

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Xanadu
22nd October 2021 at 3:33 pm

The past decades has seen a grim contraction in the culture of boy choirs. In creating and keeping Libera live, Mr. Prizeman accomplished something remarkable under culturally difficult circumstances.

Hats off to him, and farewell.

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