Irish Harp Orchestra

Janet Harbison’s Irish Harp Orchestra is a thrilling new stage and concert production that is entertaining audiences worldwide! Evolved from the multi-award winning and world-travelled Belfast Harp Orchestra, and now based in Dublin and Limerick, the orchestra movement has expanded to a fully professional touring production.

The Irish Harp Orchestra is a company of 12 members comprising 9 harpers, a piper (both uilleann and bagpipe), a lead singer and a percussionist.  To this core group, we can also add teams of dancers, small or large scale choirs or more soloists or instrumentalists depending on the size and nature of the concerts and venues we perform.  The music of the IHO (which is always performed live!) is contemporary Irish with the sophistication of classical and the rhythms of rock from a strong traditional foundation, all composed, arranged and directed by orchestra leader, Janet Harbison. 

The IHO has been heralded as ‘Ireland’s ‘most exciting new creation since Riverdance’, ‘a totally fresh national sound’, ‘emancipated from the drawing room corner – at last!’ and – as you will hear from the 60,000 strong audience on the video from our recent (16.03.14) Trafalgar Square St Patrick’s Festival performance: ‘Harp rocks!’.


IHO 2017 C[2] sm Janet Harbison & the Irish Harp Orchestra visits Germany

The Irish Harp Orchestra performs in the Munich Philharmonic Hall on 12th December 2017  Performing an ‘Irish Christmas’ programme, Janet Harbison with [...]

9/2/2014 The Irish Harp Center. Pic Tony Grehan / Press 22 Janet Harbison & the Irish Harp Orchestra in London

Performing alongside Riverdance, Kila and the Committments, 12 members of the Irish Harp Orchestra  performed on the main stage in Trafalgar [...]

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    Janet Harbison is one of Ireland’s greatest champions of harp music…Sean RaffertyBBC
    Janet Harbison: the human dynamo dedicated to spreading the gospel of the harpGeoff Harden, Irish Music MagazineVol.1 No.8
    The CD Carillon is entirely professional, faultless, has perfect sound and acoustic presence and is highly delightful and charming. The music is wonderfully attractive, so intelligently arranged and laid out, and the performances are technically impeccable, neat and always most subtle, musical and e…Derek BellHarper with the Chieftains
    We have to lift the best out of all traditions and that’s what we’re not good at. We’re good at dividing, we’re good at nit-picking, but we have to be prepared to lift and to work to all our strengths rather than to pick on our weaknesses – and this orchestra is doing exactly that. It’s lifting piec…Alasdair Mc Donnell Deputy Lord Mayor Of Belfast, Belfast City CouncilUTV News
    The Belfast Harp Orchestra are carrying on a long association between the harp and the city [of Belfast]. They have performed to great acclaim in France and America and have just returned from a tour of England. Their presiding genius is Janet Harbison who is one of Ireland’s most accomplished – and…Sean Rafferty, "29 Bedford Street"BBC
    Janet Harbison is an indomitable lady. Having assembled a cast of more than 70 for the Belfast Harp Orchestra’s showcase at the Waterfront, she was not going to let a serious dose of ‘flu stand in her way ….. [the whole cast] more than achieved their stated aim of presenting the music, song and danc…GEOFF HARDEN, Music CriticNewsletter
    There is , perhaps, no other event in the opening festival of the Belfast Waterfront Hall which reflects so accurately the wishes of the organisers that the prestigious new venue should provide something for everyone in our divided community as much as .. the concert by the Belfast Harp Orchestra, w…DAMIAN MURRAY, Music CriticIrish News
    As Riverdance popularised Irish dancing and Brendan Voyage brought the uilleann pipes to a wider public, so the [Irish] Harp Orchestra is animating a huge interest in the Irish harp. And it’s almost entirely due to Janet and her modern mix with tradition…ANNE HAILESThe Irish News