The Priests [ 1 ] are a classical music musical group, made up of three Roman Catholic priests from the Diocese of Down and Connor in Northern Ireland. Fr. Eugene and his brother Fr. Martin O’Hagan are primitively from the greenwich village of Claudy, County Londonderry with the kin now residing in Derry whilst Fr. David Delargy is from Ballymena, County Antrim .
early career [edit ]
The trio have been singing together since they boarded in the 1970s as students at St MacNissi ‘s College, Garron Tower, County Antrim. After signing a consider with SonyBMG in April 2008, the priests, all from the Diocese of Down & Connor, recorded their debut album, “ The Priests ”, in Northern Ireland and Rome, with the unusual honor of having been allowed to record in St. Peter ‘s Basilica, The Vatican. [ 2 ] [ 3 ] [ 4 ]
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career [edit ]
2008 : The Priests [edit ]
The eponymous album was released in Ireland on 14 November 2008 by Epic Records and has since been released cosmopolitan in over thirty countries [ 5 ] and preceded by an ITV objective and PBS special in the United States. [ 6 ] In December 2008, they scooped the Guinness World Record for “ Fastest-selling UK debut for a authoritative act ”. [ 7 ] The debut album turned 7 times Platinum in Ireland, and Platinum in UK, Sweden, Norway american samoa well as going Gold in New Zealand, Canada and Spain. The group ‘s concert schedule does not follow the usual band format as clauses in their bespeak contract places the stress on them continuing their bucolic work in their respective Parishes and in the Diocese of Down & Connor. In the 21 March issue of The Tablet, it is claimed that the album has sold more than 1 million copies in Ireland alone. [ 8 ]
2009–2010 Harmony and Noel [edit ]
In August 2009, they began recording their second album, entitled “ Harmony ”, under the same production team. It was released in November 2009 and has reaped platinum awards in Ireland and Sweden, where the album reached the No 1 spot in the swedish charts barely before Christmas 2009. The three completed a very successful concert tour of UK & Ireland play to packed houses and ending with a homecoming concert in Belfast ‘s Waterfront Hall. Their concert travel guidebook besides took in two concerts in the Millennium Forum in the City of Derry, the first base concert coinciding with the secrete of the Saville Report on Bloody Sunday. They noted that it was an auspicious day for the city and for the future. The trio ‘s first gear Christmas album, Noel, was released 2 November 2010. The album debuted at # 3 on the US Top Classical Albums Chart and # 18 on the Top Christian Albums Chart. [ 9 ] In Canada, the album charted on # 100 on the Canadian Albums Chart and # 8 on the canadian Classical Albums Chart. [ 10 ] In November 2010 they released an autobiography Soul Song: Reflections on an Unexpected Journey ( Hardback ). A paperback edition was released in April 2012.
2011–2018 Then Sings My Soul and Alleluia [edit ]
In April 2012, The Priests released Then Sings My Soul – The Best of the Priests featuring one new song : Danny Boy and, they continue to tour successfully in Europe, Canada and the U.S.A. In early 2015 The Priests re-signed their record contract with Sony Music. The album entitled “ Alleluia ” was recorded in 2016 and released 7 November 2018. By the end of November the original provide in the US had sold out .
Members [edit ]
Fr Martin O’Hagan singing at Clonard Monastery in 2019
All three were appointed Member of the Order of the british Empire ( MBE ) in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to music and to charity in Northern Ireland. [ 11 ] [ 12 ]
discography [edit ]
studio albums [edit ]
holiday albums [edit ]
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Cappella Caeciliana [edit ]
The Priests were besides founder members of Belfast-based choir Cappella Caeciliana, with whom they have recorded four albums :
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- 2001 – Cantate Domino – Music of Celebration from Cappella Caeciliana
- 2005 – Sing for the Morning’s Joy
- 2008 – O Quam Gloriosum
- 2014 – Reflecting Light
The Priests besides recorded with Cappella Caeciliana the seven-minute work “ Ut omnes unum sint ” by James MacMillan, which appears on the choir ‘s 2018 candle UNITY May they all be one, conducted by the composer .