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Singing priests release debut album

 Singing priests Fathers Eugene O'Hagan, Martin O'Hagan and David Delargy from Northern Ireland are due to release their debut album The Priests, on 17 November.

Featuring a collection of religious tracks including Pie Jesu, Ave Maria, Panis Angelicus as well as classical arias and traditional Irish tracks and blessings, 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.

The Priests grew up singing together while studying for the priesthood and have spent their lives using music to spread the word of God, finding time between their parish duties to sing together. Father David Delargy and Fathers Martin and Eugene O'Hagan, who signed their million pound contract on the steps of Westminster Cathedral in April, look set to become global superstars.

The trio took centre stage at a concert in St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh, earlier this year which will be broadcast coast to coast on the United States PBS network this autumn. In the UK, ITV has just finished shooting a TV documentary on them.