Janet Harbison & The Irish Harp Orchestra

“The Belfast Years 1992 – 2002”(IHCP 010, 2007)

Retrospective compilation from 4 previous albums, remastered with extra tracks
Much of this music is also available in script at various levels for more details..

“A Christmas Collection” (IHCP 009, 2006)

Programme including Wexford Carols and newly composed music
Much of this music is also available in script for more details..

Janet Harbison & The Belfast Harp Orchestra

“Colmcille” (BHO 007,1997)

An original album of harp & choral music composed on the story of St.Colmcille (6th century) with Parish choir of St.Killian’s, Kells, County Meath singing early Christian plainchant. Also featuring recitation of early Irish poetry (6th-9th century). Commemorating 1400th anniversary of death of St.Colmcille. for more details..

Best Of The Belfast Harp Orchestra (Laika Records, 2000 )

Selection of music compiled from four previous recordings.

Celtic Harpistry (Polygram, Imaginary Road Records 314 558 351-2, 1998)

7 tracks from the BHO including “Bright New Morning”, a “Walk on Belfast” and “Theme from Titanic” on an album with guest tracks from Maire Ni Chathasaigh, Sileas, Debra Henson Conant and Rudiger Oppermann.


Reprint Of: Janet Harbison & The Belfast Harp Orchestra:
Carillon (Bho 005, 1995)

An album of more contemporary Irish music, song and dance with a number of original compositions including Carillon (composed for Derek Bell in 1992), Earth, Water, Wind and Fire and many unusual arrangements of rare and well-known tunes.

Janet Harbison & The Belfast Harp Orchestra:
Belfast Harpers’ Assembly 1792 – 1992

A remaster of our first two recordings:

  • LIVE IN DOWNPATRICK (BHO 003 1994) Recorded live at a concert in Downpatrick Cathedral on March 20th, 1993 with organist Michael McCracken, baritone Terence Blackburn and the choirs of 2 Downpatrick schools.
  • IN CONCERT 1992 (BHO001, 1992) The BHO’s debut album recorded live during its inaugural Irish concert tour in April 1992. The programme features music from the original Belfast Harp Assembly of 1792.

Harp Orchestra Recordings With Other Artistes

  • THE CELTIC HARP with The Chieftains (RCA Victor, 09026-61490-2, 1993)
  • GRAMMY AWARD WINNER for BEST FOLK MUSIC ALBUM 1993 BHO featuring prominently on four tracks.
  • WATER FROM THE WELL with The Chieftains (RCA Victor 09026-63637-2, 2000)
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    9/2/2014 The Irish Harp Center. Pic Tony Grehan / Press 22 iho-trafalgar-square-2 iho-trafalgar-square-1
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  • Testimonials

    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