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Review: Divine display from our pitch perfect Priests

By Andrew Johnston

The Priests returned to Belfast last night direct from a US tour that saw the Ulster singing stars perform 14 shows in 16 days.

Whether the exhaustive itinerary was also exhausting was not evident from the trio's fresh appearance and fine voices for this first of two special Easter concerts.

Perhaps it was the unique setting of the Grand Opera House, a more atmospheric arena for their hymnal stylings than their usual stomping ground of the Waterfront Hall.

Fathers Eugene O'Hagan, Martin O'Hagan and David Delargy were joined by Northern Ireland's Cappella Caeciliana choir, of which the three were founding members.

The multi-million-selling headliners were happy to share the limelight with their less celebrated cohorts, and even performed some material written by the choir's members.

Indeed, a highlight of the show was when the choir began the second half singing a cappella in the aisles, before making their way one by one onto the stage.

But the Priests weren't to be eclipsed, and they presided over a programme that delighted the packed house.

The likes of Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art and King of Kings were apt for the Easter setting, while Westlife's You Raise Me Up offered a nod to the contemporary.

With a new album lined up for later in the year and more tour dates to come, the Priests' remarkable success story looks set to continue.

Three stars

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