Prayer by Janet Harbison
The inspiration for this harp project arose from a small legacy left by a patient in the Northern Ireland Hospice in 1986 who wished that Janet's music would still be available to the patients at the hospice after she took up a full time job and could no longer play for the Day Hospice Programme.
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|Instruments:||Irish Harp & Voice|
|Genre:||Traditional / Contemporary|
|Label:||Irish Harp Centre|
|01||Suantrai (Lullaby for Daniel) *||3.09|
|03||The Deer's Cry (Criost Liom : Christ be with Me) *||3.36|
|04||Ag Criost an Siol (Christ the Seed, Christ the Harvest)||2.56|
|05||Abide with Me||2.23|
|06||The Lord is my Shepherd (Psalm 23)||2.22|
|07||Be Thou My Vision||2.28|
|08||Tantum Ergo (Plainsong)||2.19|
|09||Be Still My Soul Jean Sibelius from 'Finlandia'||2.39|
|10||O Son of Man (Londonderry Air)||3.43|
|11||Ár nAthair (The Lord's Prayer) *||3.17|
|12||Meditation for Absent Friends (For Basil) *||2.44|
|13||Hymn to Saint Francis||2.26|
|14||Nearer My God||2.52|
|15||Prayer (Improvisation) *||4.06|
|* Original Compositions by Janet Harbison|
Janet Harbison has spent many years performing as an Irish Harper, solo, and directing the world famous (and Grammy Award winning!) Belfast Harp Orchestra. She is also a well known composer, teacher and writer of books of and about harp music, traditional music and cultural heritage, particularly in Northern Ireland where she has lived for eighteen years. She has pioneered the ancient oral tradition of playing and teaching and is an acknowledged authority on the history and practice of Irish harping through the ages.
As well as performing professionally in the public arena, Janet has had a special interest in working with the sick and troubled and has worked quietly for many years in the hospice and hospitals environment. The form of therapy in which she specialises is palliative - that is that she brings music to the bedside of the patient and by using improvisation techniques, works with their body rhythms achieving direct impact on blood pressure, pain relief, stress control, the harmonising of the limbic system, and the enhancement of general well-being.
Her hope is that this recording will bring calm and comfort to many, many people, for the sick and the healthy, who all may find some favourite melodies to accompany their quiet time and prayer.
Suantrai (Lullaby for Daniel)
The Deer's Cry (Criost Liom : Christ be with Me)
Ag Criost an Siol (Christ the Seed, Christ the Harvest)
Abide with Me
The Lord is my Shepherd (Psalm 23)
Be Thou My Vision
Tantum Ergo (Plainsong)
Be Still My Soul Jean Sibelius from 'Finlandia'
O Son of Man (Londonderry Air)
nAthair (The Lord's Prayer)
Meditation for Absent Friends (For Basil)
Hymn to Saint Francis Sebastian Temple
Nearer My God
recording is a gift to all who need some quiet time and sacred
space in their lives.
Janet Harbison, Belfast, December 12th, 2000
The Irish Harp Centre
in Dublin on August 1st, 1955, Janet Harbison is acknowledged
as one of Ireland's most prominent traditional harpers and
pioneering personalities in the Irish harp music scene. She
is an authoritative resource on the history and music of the
Irish harp and ethnic music.
To describe Janet as an influential teacher would be to tell only half of the story. She is also a prolific composer, a talented performer, writer and producer.
She established the Harp Orchestras in order to provide her students with the opportunity to perform in public and to develop careers as professional harpers.
As a composer she realized that there was little ‘new’ music being written for the Irish harp and set about correcting the imbalance. Her arrangements are widely used and harpers worldwide await her new publications with bated breath.
With more than 20 years of performance, composition, teaching and promoting the tradition of harping she has a staggering number accolades to her name.
attractive, professional, faultless, highly delightful and
charming, Janet Harbison’s performances are technically
impeccable, and always most subtle, musical and expressive.”
The Irish Harp Orchestra and The National Harp Orchestra.
Irish Harp Orchestra is a professional touring company while
The National Harp Orchestra is a junior stage production company
with membership from 11 years upward. The Irish Harp Orchestra
grew out of the junior orchestra and featured on a Grammy Award
winning album with the Chieftains. This is an internationally
touring company which features up to 16 harpers and 8 other musicians,
singers and a team of up to 32 dancers in large scales concert
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