The Priests In Concert At Armagh Cathedral, airing as part of the December 2008 pledge drive (check local listings) on PBS, celebrates music and the faith it inspires. Eugene O’Hagan, his brother Martin O’Hagan and David Delargy, clergymen from Northern Ireland, are practicing Roman Catholic priests who were brought together by their shared faith and passion for music. The men, all in their late forties, grew up singing together as they studied for the priesthood. They have spent their lives using music to spread the word of God, finding time between their busy jobs to sing together.
Trained vocalists from an early age, the O’Hagan brothers and Delargy, their closest childhood friend, deliver inspiring and uplifting performances in The Priests In Concert At Armagh Cathedral, filmed at one of Ireland’s most prestigious cathedrals before a specially invited audience. The New Dublin Voices Choir and St. Patrick’s Cathedral Choir, with the Irish Philharmonic Orchestra, accompany the priests, who sing some of the world’s best-loved songs in English, Spanish, German, Italian and Latin. The song selection includes eternal classics such as “Ave Maria,” “Pie Jesu,” “O Holy Night,” “Gloria,” “Panis Angelicus,” “Irish Blessing” and “Be Still My Soul.”
Two special guests, legendary flutist Sir James Galway and Moya Brennan of Clannad, join The Priests in this concert. Lady Jeanne Galway and Liam O’Flynn also join the festivities.
Underwriters: Public Television Viewers and PBS. Producer: Wadell Media. Executive producers: David Cumming and Jannine Waddell. Director: Chris Cowey. Format: CC Stereo HD where available
The Priests have signed a worldwide recording contract with Sony BMG, and their debut self-titled album is scheduled for release on November 18, 2008 in the US on RCA Victor. Uniquely for a debut album The Priests is being released simultaneously in more than 30 countries, including mainland Europe, USA, Brazil, Argentina and the Philippines, fulfilling an unprecedented global demand. Additionally, the three have stipulated that a percentage of the proceeds from record sales will go to a charity or charities of their choice. Featuring a collection of spiritually inspired tracks such as “Pie Jesu,” “Ave Maria,” “O Holy Night,” “Panis Angelicus,” as well as great classical arias and traditional Irish tracks and blessings, the album showcases the passion and exquisite harmonies of The Priests. The album has been produced by Mike Hedges, whose previous work includes best selling albums by U2 and Manic Street Preachers. The album, featuring the Choir of Philharmonic Academy of Rome, was recorded in Ireland and in the Choir Chapel in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City. The choral arrangements are by the choir’s Spanish born director, Mons Pablo Colino, the Emeritus Director of the Cappella Giulia choir in St Peter’s Basilica.