Martin special guest at town carol service

The Priests.

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Fr Martin O’Hagan – of the singing trio ‘The Priests’ – is the special guest at Portadown’s annual ‘Christmas Carols from St Mark’s’ on Friday December 5.

It’s the traditional carol events where Portadown Male Voice and Ladies choirs unite, invariably filing St Mark’s. And with such a talented tenor like Fr Martin the guest, demand for tickets will be more hectic.

His brother – and fellow member of the priests, Fr Eugene Hagan - has been the main attraction at the St Mark’s event twice in the past, and Martin’s mellow tenor voice is on par with Eugene’s – Fr David Delargy completes the trio.

Incidentally, the O’Hagans trained with the legendary Frank Capper of Belfast, at the same time as Gordon Speers, musical director of both local choirs and a bass renowned throughout Ireland. They have remained friends ever since.

Fr Martin will be singing items for which The Priests are famous, plus his own repertoire, while the two choirs will be joining together for a series of seasonal classics – items from The Messiah, a wide range of carols like O Holy Night and John Rutter’s ‘Angel’s Carol are among them. And there will be the audience participation of tried and tested favourites.

The accompanist is Richard Campbell, ex-St Mark’s organist and choirmaster and now with St John’s Malone Road, and he will be doing his usual popular ‘spot’.

Admission is by programme (£10) and these are available from Winnie’s Newsagents of Woodhouse Street, or from members of the two choirs.

The charities to benefit are Macmillan Cancer Support and Action Duchenne (Duchenne/Becker Muscular Dystrophy).