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  Michael Horncastle    (b. 7 February 1993) Boy Soprano Soloist 
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Michael Horncastle Michael made the eminent transition from probationer to St. Philip's choirboy in 2002 at the age of 9. Not long after, Michael made his television debut with Libera on Songs of Praise, with the opening of "There is a Green Hill Far Away" being his first solo, thus proving what the very youngest of Libera are capable of. Before becoming a soloist himself on a Libera album, Michael featured on Libera's advent video "Sing the Story" which was filmed for Songs of Praise in December 2003. This song was also included as an extra track on the Japanese version of the album Free.

2004-05 saw a change of Libera's principal soloists which gave Michael another rung on the ladder of choral experience. His first opportunity arose during the time of Libera's first Asia tour of March-April 2005 where Michael sang several solos. This was followed shortly after by the choir's latest release - Visions. Such songs as "Something Sings", "Sing For Ever" and the poignant tribute to Flanders fields, "We are the Lost", exemplify the level of maturity in his voice that has elevated over the last few years. Michael's efforts on tour were repeated during Libera's October trip to Japan.

Evident in many behind-the-scenes photos and videos, Michael can be seen as a bright and spritely character and, along with Callum Payne, has a talent for introducing Libera to the rest of the world.

Michael loves making cranes or animals of Japanese origami papers.
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Featured Recordings Compact | Full
Michael Horncastle - Angel Voices
Angel Voices (Tochiba EMI (JP) / EMI (EUR) TOCP70100 / 09463 7052327, CD) October 2006
Featuring Tom Cully   Michael Horncastle   Libera / Angel Voices   Ed Day   Joshua Madine   Conor O'Donnell   Joseph Sanders-Wilde  
This CD is a "Best of LIBERA" with a new track: Going Home. Tracks 1,2,6,7 and 14 are new arrangements. The other tracks are from their previous CDs - Free and Visions.

There is also a Japanese version of the CD (TOCP 70100) which has an extra track: 16 - Sempiterna Remix [via iTunes] and a bonus video of Far Away.

A new CD/DVD was released in March 2007 to coincide with their April tour there (TOCP 70191). It is the same as the original (TOCP 70100) but with Do Not Stand At My Grave from Free as track 16. It also has a DVD of 6 videos: I am the day, Voca Me, Locus Iste, Do not stand at my grave, and 2 versions of Far Away.
  1.   Far Away (L)   Soloist: Michael Horncastle
  2.   Sanctus (L)   Soloist: Ed Day
  3.   Ave Maria (L)   From Visions - soloist: Conor O'Donnell
  4.   Going Home [based on Symphony no.9 by Dvorak] Radio Edit (L)   Soloists: Michael Horncastle with Tom Cully.
  5.   Be still my soul (L)   From Free
  6.   Salva Me (L)   Soloist: Tom Cully
  7.   I vow to thee my country (L)   Soloists: Michael Horncastle with Ed Day & Joshua Madine
  8.   Voca Me (L)   From Free - soloists: Joseph Platt, Christopher Robson and Anthony Chadney
  9.   Always With You (L)   From Visions - soloist: Tom Cully
10.   We are the lost (L)   From Visions - soloist: Michael Horncastle
11.   I am the day (L)   From Free - soloist: Ben Crawley
12.   Recordare (L)   From Visions - soloists: Conor O'Donnell & Joseph Sanders-Wilde
13.   Abide with me (L)   From Visions - soloist: James Vereycken
14.   Silent Night (L)   Soloists: Tom Cully with Ed Day
15.   Going Home [based on Symphony no.9 by Dvorak] (L)  
Available at   AMAZON
Available at   HMV Japan This is for the 2006 CD TOCP 70100
Available at   HMV Japan This is for the 2007 CD/DVD TOCP 70191
Available at   PLAY.COM
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Michael Horncastle - Visions
Visions (EMI Classics 339862 2, CD) October 2005
Featuring Michael Horncastle   Libera / Angel Voices   Tom Cully   Conor O'Donnell   Callum Payne   Joseph Sanders-Wilde   James Vereycken  
Released first in Japan in October which included CD, extra promotional footage and profile cards. The Korean version has three extra previously released tracks: 14: for the beauty of the earth; 15: White Christmas; 16: Mary's boy child.
  1.   Locus Iste (Sanctus) (L)  
  2.   Always With You (L)   Soloist: Tom Cully
  3.   Ave Maria (L)   Soloist: Conor O'Donnell
  4.   Libera (L)   Soloists: Michael Horncastle and Joseph Sanders-Wilde
  5.   Sempiterna (L)   Soloists: Joseph Sanders-Wilde and Tom Cully
  6.   Prayer (L)   Soloists: Michael Horncastle and Callum Payne
  7.   Recordare (L)   Soloists: Conor O'Donnell and Joseph Sanders-Wilde
  8.   Wings of a Dove (L)  
  9.   Something Sings (L)   Soloist: Michael Horncastle
10.   New Day (L)  
11.   We are the Lost (L)   Soloists: Michael Horncastle and Tom Cully
12.   Sing For Ever (L)   Soloist: Michael Horncastle
13.   Abide With Me (L)   Soloist: James Vereycken
Available at   Amazon Japan
Available at   Amazon UK
Available at   Amazon US
Available at   HMV UK
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Michael Horncastle - Peace Deluxe Edition
Peace Deluxe Edition (EMI Classics 50999 90533525, CD) November 2010
Featuring Tom Cully   Stefan Leadbeater   Libera / Angel Voices   Joshua Madine   Benedict Philipp   Jakob De Menezes-Wood   Daniel Fontannaz   Michael Horncastle   James Mordaunt   Samuel Moriarty   Joseph Sanders-Wilde   Ralph Skan   James Threadgill  
This contains a CD [ 18 tracks ] and a DVD [ 7 tracks listed as DVD 19 - 25 ]. The Japanese version TOCP70898 contains 2 extra music videos [ Far Away and You Were There ] and a Behind the scenes bonus - a 22 minute video Libera in Japan 2010. Both versions contain a poster and 18 month calendar
  1.   Sanctissima (L)   Solo by Benedict Philipp
  2.   Time (L)   Solos by Joshua Madine and Benedict Philipp . Violin solo by Fiona Pears
  3.   Ave Virgo (L)   Solo by Tom Cully
  4.   Faithful Heart (L)   Solo by Joshua Madine . Duet By Stefan Leadbeater and Daniel Fontannaz
  5.   Gaelic Blessing ( Deep Peace ) (L)   Solos by Stefan Leadbeater and James Threadgill with Samuel Moriarty
  6.   Exsultate (L)   Solo by Benedict Philipp
  7.   How shall I sing that majesty (L)   Solo by Stefan Leadbeater
  8.   Lacrymosa (L)   Solo by Benedict Philipp
  9.   Adoro Te (L)  
10.   Lead, kindly Light (L)   Solo by Jakob De Menezes-Wood
11.   Panis Angelicus (L)   Solo by Daniel Fontannaz
12.   Touch the sky (L)   Solo by James Mordaunt . Duet by Benedict Philipp and Jakob De Menezes-Wood
13.   The Fountain (L)   Solo by Ralph Skan
14.   Lullabye ( Goodnight my Angel ) (L)   Solo by Joshua Madine
15.   Eternal Light (L)   Solos by Stefan Leadbeater and Ralph Skan
16.   Going Home (L)   Solos by Joshua Madine, Ben Philipp and Tom Cully
17.   Have yourself a merry little Christmas (L)   Solos by James Mordaunt and Ralph Skan
18.   Silent Night (L)   Solo by Tom Cully
19.   DVD Lullabye ( Goodnight my Angel )   Solo by Joshua Madine
20.   DVD Time   Solos by Joshua Madine and Benedict Philipp
21.   DVD Gaelic Blessing ( Deep Peace )   Solos by Stefan Leadbeater and James Threadgill with Samuel Moriarty
22.   DVD Going Home   Solo by Joshua Madine
23.   DVD Libera (L)   Solos by Michael Horncastle and Joseph Sanders-Wilde
24.   DVD Bonus Feature Introducing Libera  
25.   DVD Bonus Feature Behind the scenes  
Available at   Amazon Japan
Available at   Amazon UK
Available at   Amazon US
Available at   HMV Japan
Available at   Presto Classical
Michael Horncastle - Peace
Peace (EMI Classics 50999 6264782 3, CD) March 2010
Featuring Libera / Angel Voices   Benedict Philipp   Liam Connery   Tom Cully   Jakob De Menezes-Wood   Daniel Fontannaz   Michael Horncastle   Stefan Leadbeater   Joshua Madine   James Mordaunt   Samuel Moriarty   Ralph Skan   James Threadgill  
The Japanese version has 4 bonus tracks from previous CDs. Toshiba EMI TOCP70834 Listed as tracks 14 - 17 The iTunes store has Bayan Ko as a bonus track. Listed as track 18
  1.   O Sanctissima (L)   Solo by Benedict Philipp
  2.   Time (L)   Solos by Joshua Madine and Benedict Philipp . Violin solo by Fiona Pears
  3.   Ave Virgo (L)   Solo by Tom Cully
  4.   Faithful Heart (L)   Solo by Joshua Madine . Duet By Stefan Leadbeater and Daniel Fontannaz
  5.   Gaelic Blessing (Deep Peace) (L)   Solos by Stefan Leadbeater and James Threadgill with Samuel Moriarty
  6.   Exsultate (L)   Solo by Benedict Philipp
  7.   How shall we sing that majesty (L)   Solo by Stefan Leadbeater
  8.   Lacrymosa (L)   Solo by Benedict Philipp
  9.   Adoro Te (L)  
10.   Lead, kindly Light (L)   Solo by Jakob De Menezes-Wood
11.   Panis Angelicus (L)   Solo by Daniel Fontannaz
12.   Touch the Sky (L)   Solo by James Mordaunt . Duet by Benedict Philipp and Jakob De Menezes-Wood
13.   The Fountain (based on Prelude in C Minor) (L)   Solo by Ralph Skan
14.   Far Away (L)   Bonus Track (From: Angel Voices) Solo by Michael Horncaslte
15.   How can I keep from Singing (L)   Bonus Track (From: Eternal) Solo by Joshua Madine
16.   Mother of God (L)   Bonus track (From: Eternal)
17.   Heaven (L)   Bonus Track (From: Eternal) Solos by Joshua Madine and Liam Connery
18.   Bayan Ko (L)   Solo by Benedict Philipp
Available at   Amazon Japan
Available at   Amazon UK
Available at   Amazon US
Available at   HMV Japan
Available at   iTunes UK Includes Bayan Ko as bonus track
Available at   Presto Clasical
Michael Horncastle - Eternal - The Best of Libera
Eternal - The Best of Libera (EMI Classics 5099924269629, CD) December 2008
Featuring Tom Cully   Libera / Angel Voices   Joshua Madine   Anthony Chadney   Liam Connery   Ben Crawley   Ed Day   Michael Horncastle   Conor O'Donnell   Callum Payne   Joseph Platt   Christopher Robson   Joseph Sanders-Wilde  
A double CD featuring 32 tracks. It contains 26 tracks from earlier releases, as well as four brand new tracks: Mother of God (Tavener), Gaudete (trad, Prizeman), You Were There (Muramatsu, arr. Prizeman), and How can I keep from singing?. It also features two remixed songs previously only available as digital downloads: Sempiterna (Remix) and Heaven (Remix).
  1.   You Were There (L)   Disc 1. New song for the Japanese Film "Nobody will watch over me". Solo Tom Cully
  2.   Sanctus (L)   From Angel Voices Solo: Ed Day
  3.   Mother of God (L)   New track
  4.   Salva Me (L)   From Angel Voices Solo: Tom Cully
  5.   Love and Mercy (L)   From New Dawn Solo: Tom Cully & Joshua Madine
  6.   Sancte (L)   From New Dawn Solo: Liam Connery
  7.   Secret (L)   From New Dawn Solo: Joshua Madine
  8.   Do not Stand at My Grave and Weep (L)   From Free Solo: Ben Crawley with Joseph Platt
  9.   Always With You (L)   From Angel Voices Solo: Tom Cully
10.   Libera (L)   From Visions Solo: Michael Horncastle & Joseph Sanders-Wilde
11.   Ave Maria   From New Dawn Solo: Tom Cully
12.   Gaudete (L)   Newly recorded version Solo: Liam Connery
13.   Air on a G string   From New Dawn Solo: Tom Cully, Ed Day, Joshua Madine, & Liam Connery
14.   I Am the Day (L)   From Free Solo: Ben Crawley
15.   We Are The Lost (L)   From Angel Voices Solo: Michael Horncastle & Tom Cully
16.   Sempiterna - remix (L)   new Solo: Joseph Sanders-Wilde and Tom Cully
17.   Orinoco flow (L)   Disc 2 From New Dawn
18.   Far Away (L)   From Angel Voices Solo: Michael Horncastle
19.   Gloria (L)   From New Dawn
20.   Voca Me (L)   From Angel Voices Solo: Joseph Platt, Christopher Robson & Anthony Chadney
21.   Sing for ever (L)   From Visions Solo: Michael Horncastle
22.   Rest in peace (L)   From New Dawn Solo: Tom Cully
23.   Adoramus (L)   From Free Solo: Raoul Neumann and Joseph Platt
24.   May the road rise up (L)   From New Dawn Solo: Tom Cully
25.   Ave Maria (L)   From Angel Voices Solo: Conor O'Donnell
26.   Prayer (L)   From Visions Solo: Michael Horncastle and Callum Payne
27.   How can I keep from singing? (L)   New Solo: Joshua Madine
28.   Be still my soul (L)   From Angel Voices
29.   Stay With Me (L)   From Free Solo: Joseph Platt
30.   Recordare (L)   From Angel Voices Solo: Conor O'Donnell and Joseph Sanders-Wilde
31.   Going Home (L)   From Angel Voices Solo: Michael Horncastle and Tom Cully
32.   Heaven ( remix ) (L)   New Solo: Joshua Madine and Liam Connery
Available at   Amazon UK
Available at   Amazon US
Michael Horncastle - Prayer - You Were There
Prayer - You Were There (EMI Japan TOCP-70673, CD) December 2008
Featuring Libera / Angel Voices   Anthony Chadney   Liam Connery   Ben Crawley   Tom Cully   Ed Day   Michael Horncastle   Joshua Madine   Conor O'Donnell   Joseph Platt   Christopher Robson   Joseph Sanders-Wilde  
An album released in Japan only to coincide with the upcoming film 'No Body To Watch Over Me'which features the track You Were There. This is the only new track.All the other tracks are from Free, Visions, Angel Voices and New Dawn. There is an extra which is the video for You Were There.
  1.   You Were There (L)   Solo Tom Cully
  2.   Sanctus (L)  
  3.   Ave Maria [ Caccini ]   From New Dawn Solo Tom Cully
  4.   Air on a G string   From New Dawn Solo Tom Cully, Edward Day, Joshua Madine and Liam Connery
  5.   Do not stand at my grave and weep (L)   From Free Solo Ben Crawley and Joseph Platt
  6.   Far Away (L)   From Angel Voices Solo Michael Horncastle
  7.   I am The Day (L)   From Free Solo Ben Crawley
  8.   Sempiterna (L)   From Visions Solo Joseph Sanders-Wilde and Tom Cully
  9.   Secret (L)   From New Dawn Solo Joshua Madine
10.   Voca Me (L)   From Free Solo Joseph Platt, Christopher Robson, Anthony Chadney
11.   I vow to Thee my Country (L)   From Free Solo Ben Crawley
12.   Ave Maria (L)   From Visions Solo Conor O'Donnell
13.   Salva Me (L)   From Angel Voices Solo Tom Cully
14.   Gaudete (L)   From Eternal Solo Liam Connery
Available at   Amazon Japan
Available at   CD Japan
Michael Horncastle - Love and Mercy
Love and Mercy (EMI Classics 5099921210150, CD Single) March 2008
Featuring Libera / Angel Voices   Michael Horncastle  
Digital single
  1.   Love and Mercy (L)  
  2.   Sanctus (L)  
  3.   Far Away (L)   Soloist: Michael Horncastle
Available at   Amazon US
Available at   HMV
Available at   iTunes
Michael Horncastle - Welcome to Libera's World
Welcome to Libera's World (EMI TOCP-67886, CD) February 2006
Featuring Libera / Angel Voices   Ben Crawley   Michael Horncastle   Liam O'Kane   Joseph Platt   Joseph Sanders-Wilde  
NB:- This CD , released in Japan only, contains only 1 new song: Far Away which is used in the Japanese TV drama series 'Ice Wall'. All the other tracks are picked out of the previous Libera CDs [ Libera, Luminosa, Free and Visions ]. This CD should be regarded as a selection of the favourite tracks by Libera, rather than a completely new album. This CD also contains photos of 20 profile cards and 3 videos - Far Away being recorded in studio, the promo video for Visions and the promo video for Free.
  1.   Far Away (L)   Theme song for Japanese TV drama Ice Wall - soloist Michael Horncastle.
  2.   Stay with me (L)   from Free - soloist Joseph Platt
  3.   I vow to thee my country (L)   from Free - soloist Ben Crawley
  4.   Salva Me (L)   from Libera - soloist Liam O'Kane
  5.   Libera (L)   from Visions - soloists Michael Horncastle and Joseph Sanders-Wilde
  6.   Sanctus II (L)   from Luminosa
  7.   Wings of a Dove (L)   from Visions
  8.   Far Away (L)   Full version - soloist Michael Horncastle
Available at   Amazon japan
Available at   Amazon US available as an Import
Available at   CD Japan
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