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 Andrea Bocelli and Luciano Pavarotti.The boys who make up the band have been described as ‘normal’ and ‘ordinary’ and are drawn from South London schools but 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 or choir. Their music is at times plaintive, at others climactic and transcendent and appeals to a diverse audience.Many people recognise their music, without ever knowing their name. Libera can be heard on 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; 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 are aged seven to sixteen and 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. While the unique sound of Libera may be impossible to pigeonhole, its universal appeal has endeared the group to fans all over the world, where their CDs top the mainstream and classical charts and where they pack concert halls appearing in their trademark flowing white robes.