“Traditional to the core and contemporary in sound; Janet embodies Irish harping at its most appealing, original and vibrant.” - Sean Rafferty, BBC“Ireland’s national treasure” - Mary McAleese, Former President of Ireland
Janet Harbison’s creative energy, performing skill, leadership and commitment to her art has created a tidal wave of enthusiastic harping in Ireland. From her emergence in the 1970s, the trail she has blazed has been well worn by following generations and many of today’s leading players can trace their harping ancestry to her.
Janet’s focus over the next decade is on the training of students and teachers for future generations - creating possibilities for large scale collaborations between harp schools and orchestras across the northern hemisphere – developing a significant audience for the big sound and spectacle of the stage productions, generating excitement and friendship among the players.
Supporting access to instruments, players, performances, teachers and training, Janet addresses the total process of playing the harp from the first lesson to the stage debut - and explores the role of musicianship in personal development, creative coherence, social confidence, community cohesion, cultural identity, mental health and advanced mental skills.
In the Irish (and Celtic) harp, Janet recognises spirit, beauty and the potential for excellence and delight - bringing joy to the world with an ancient art that has been particularly special to the Irish for millennia.