Sunday, November 27, 2016 – 7pm
The Priests are a classical musical trio made up of three Roman Catholic priests from Northern Ireland.
Father Eugene O’Hagan and his younger brother, Father Martin O’Hagan, are originally from the village of Claudy, County Londonderry. Father David Delargy is from Ballymena, County Antrim.
All three have been singing together since they met in the 1970s as students at St. MacNissi’s College, County Antrim, and immediately realized their musical prowess as a singing trio. They were nicknamed “Holy Holy Holy” by their peers due to their shared determination to enter the priesthood. But it was a priest at their school who first noticed how talented they actually were.
The Priests concluded their training at the revered Irish College in Rome where Father Eugene studied for seven years (specializing in Canon Law), Father Martin for five years, (specializing in Moral Theology) and Father David for four years (specializing in Sacramental Theology and later in Education).
While in Rome, Father Eugene took advantage of the fact that he was able to have singing lessons from Maestro Sergio Ballani. Almost immediately their combined and rare talent was recognized: They were invited in person by the Pope’s private secretary, Monsignor Magee (the Papal Master of Ceremonies) to sing for Pope John Paul II in the sacred liturgy on numerous occasions.
The Priests’ careers overlapped once again as they all eventually returned to Ireland, where they began their work in various special ministries. Each now lives the life of a full-time Parish Priest, tending to the spiritual needs of his parishioners and official duties at all church services. These include christenings, marriages and funerals of members of their community.
The Priests are also founder members of the internationally acclaimed Belfast-based choir, Capella Caeciliana (founded in 1995), with whom they have recorded four albums: in 2001, Cantate Domino; in 2005, Sing for the Morning’s Joy; in 2008, O Quam Gloriosum; and in 2014, Reflecting Light.
Their debut album “The Priest” (2008) set a Guinness World Record for “Fastest Selling Classical Debut Album of All Times,” surpassing even renowned stars like Luciano Pavarotti of Katherine Jenkins. Their album remained in the “Top Ten” in many countries for weeks in a row. In the 21 March ’09 issue of The Tablet, it was stated that the album had sold more than 1 million copies in Ireland alone.
For three consecutive years- in 2009, 2010, and 2011- The Priests were nominated for the internationally-acclaimed Classical Brit Awards for “Classical Album of the Year.”
A new album is planned for 2016.
Sponsored in part by THE TRUBE FOUNDATION / GALVESTON MUSICAL CLUB
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts
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