A virtual concert originally performed on December 7th 2021, at 6pm, now available to watch on YouTube.
Available as a DVD, and download coming soon.
Colmcille – a Columban Suite
Of plainsong, poetry and contemporary harp music from Janet Harbison and the Virtual Irish Harp Orchestra
With the Mayo County Choir and St.Killian’s Choir of Kells with soloists: Soprano Mairead Healy, and narrators George Holmes, Antaine Ó Donnaile and Dónall Mac Giolla Chóill.
The concert we performed in Mayo Abbey in 1997 was recorded on video – which features in our 2021 production where the harpers of the old Belfast Harp Orchestra are joined by the new ensemble of the ‘Virtual Irish Harp Orchestra’. By ‘going virtual’, we have been able to bring harp players from all over the world on board. Working with Mairead and Antaine again – 25 years on from our first collaboration. We filming their parts at Downhill strand and in Dungiven Priory – both locations very particular to the history of Colmcille. So, our 2021 performance will have all the freshness of the ‘now’ – with occasional references back to the ‘then’!
You will recognise some pieces from the work: the harp orchestra version of ‘Suantraí’, ‘Journey into Exile’, and you will love ‘Cantata Domino’ (with Mairead doing the extraordinary solo), and ‘Laudate Dominum’ which is excellent fun for harps and contains the immortal line: “Praise the Lord with lute and harp”, this very psalm, the greatest and last of the 150, that is illuminated in the course of the video by the amazing calligrapher, Jane Sullivan.
A celebration of all that is amazing and masterful, spiritual and beautiful in our heritage.