Sunday, November 15, 2009


I was complaining one day about the lack of web sites where people were discussing boy choir music. I had found a couple of discussion groups but not much was happening on them so a friend said, “Why don’t you start a blog?”

I wasn’t sure how to start and it took a while to find my voice but soon I got fairly comfortable with it and now this is my 100th post, a goal I had not thought about reaching.

Besides the enjoyment that I get from doing this there is the added bonus that people actually read it and talk to me about it, too. You have all been really kind and helpful and you’ve taught me a lot so I would like to say thanks.

Since this is a special post I wanted to dedicate it to my favorite boy choir, Libera. These kids must have the most loyal and ardent fan base of any choir in the world. Their fans span every age group and every continent (with the probable exception of Antarctica) and there are tons of fan sites on the internet. Even after a couple of years I still feel that excitement, that magic that they bring.

An excellent CD to own is Libera Eternal, the Best of Libera. It’s a double CD with 32 of their best songs. Most of them were recorded for previous albums, some are new versions of previous recordings while some others are remixes of older tunes.

The remix of Heaven, this time sung by Josh and Liam, is especially pretty. Steven Geraghty did the remix of Sempiterna with vocals by Tom and Joseph Sandros Wilde.

There are two totally new songs. One is You Were There, the theme from the Japanese movie “Nobody to Watch Over Me”, with a solo by Tom Cully.
I haven’t seen the film but I watched the trailer and it’s pretty cool to hear them on it.

The other new song is Taverner’s Mother of God, a soft, slow song that showcases their special harmonies.
I can't wait to for their next CD. I hope they do one sometime in the coming year.


  1. Larry it has been a long time since I left a comment - always seem to be in a hurry - read and run. Firstly congratulations on your hundreth post - a great achievement - though my comments have been sparse I have enjoyed reading your blog. Felt a bit guilty, I would have liked to send you my best wishes when you had your surgery and was relieved and pleased to see you back. I find this post very appropriate - as both you and Libera are great ambassedors for the beautiful music of the Boys Chiors.Keep up the wonderful work.
    Kindest regards Stef.

  2. Stef, thanks so much for the kind thoughts. I greatly appreciate that you read these posts. You keep me going.

  3. Larry:
    Congrats!! You have a wonderful blog and I enjoy it immensely. I love the way you can dissect the music and make it understandable. You history lessons are wonderful and I look forward to them.

    I am like you and also not like you. We both enjoy the music but unlike you, I don't have the ear that you have. I can't pick out the little bits and pieces within the music like you can. One big reason I enjoy your comments.

    By the way, did you know that Libera produced a Christmas CD? Actually, it was pre-Libera, when they were still The St. Philips Boy's Choir. The Album is called "Peace On Earth" and was recorded in 1996. If you don't have it, one you should look out for.

    Again, thanks for your wonderful blog.


  4. You're making me blush. I appreciate all of your input and help. I'm always amazed at how much you know about these choirs and singers.
    For instance I have never heard of the St. Philip's Boy's Choir album "Peace on Earth".
    I have "Angel Voices 3" which is Chrismas music but now I have a new quest. Thanks Buck.

  5. If it is any help, the Libera album mentioned is under the "Crimson Productions Ltd." label. The number is CRIMCD17. Production date of 1996.