Alleluia The Priests

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Label: SWM7

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

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  • 1Morning Has Broken02:46
  • 2Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring03:23
  • 3Nearer My God To Thee03:24
  • 4The Lord is My Shepherd (Psalm 23)03:03
  • 5Be Thou My Vision03:03
  • 6You Raise Me Up04:46
  • 7Lord of The Dance02:46
  • 8Ave Maria02:52
  • 9Alleluia (Pachelbel’s Canon)03:35
  • 10Down in the River to Pray02:59
  • 11Ave Verum03:25
  • 12Céad Míle Fáilte Romhat03:13
  • 13Panis Angelicus03:19
  • 14Hallelujah Chorus (from Handel’s Messiah)04:05
  • 15Eleanor Rigby03:04
  • Total Runtime49:43

Info for Alleluia

The Priests, brothers Fathers Martin and Eugene O'Hagan and Father David Delargy, were young school friends when they first sang together at the age of 12 (Martin and David) and 15 (Eugene). Their love of singing continued whilst studying for the priesthood in Rome. Once ordained, all three took up parish commitments. Singing was both part of prayer plus, in their spare time, they performed in local operas, musicals and choirs. In February 2008, a record company scout knocked on their door and asked them to make a demo. The rest, as they say is history. The Priests never allow their music commitments to stand in the way of their day jobs and parish obligations.

Fr. Eugene O'Hagan, vocals
Fr. David Delargy, vocals
Fr. Martin O'Hagan, vocals
Moya Brennan, vocals (on "Be Thou My Vision")
Geraldine O'Dougherty, harp
Jody Jenkins, percussion, piano, keyboards
Jonathan Hutton, piano
Melisma, choir
Slovak National Symphony Orchestra

The Priests
are a classical musical trio made up of three Roman Catholic priests from Northern Ireland.

Fr. Eugene O'Hagan and his younger brother, Fr. Martin O’Hagan, are originally from the village of Claudy, County Londonderry, with the family now residing in Derry. Fr. 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 realised 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.

After leaving St. MacNissi's, they followed their vocational training at The Seminary in Belfast. They also studied at Queen's University where Fr Eugene specialised in English and Scholastic Philosophy. Fr Martin and Fr David specialised in Ancient History and Scholastic Philosophy. During that time they all studied under the Belfast-based singing teacher, Mr Frank Capper MBE.

The Priests concluded their training at the revered Irish College in Rome where Fr Eugene studied for 7 years (specialising in Canon Law), Fr Martin for 5 years (specialising in Moral Theology) and Fr David for 4 years (specialising in Sacramental Theology and later on in Education).

While in Rome, Fr 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 recognised: 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, Cappella Caeciliana (founded 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.

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