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Mr. Barnwell regularly presents programs, such as "Serenade for the Soul", with Victoria Lawson, Claire Teuber and other musicians. These are usually given in churches and are intended to provide an hour of peaceful, meditative, and healing music. The music is primarily sacred in nature, and makes use of the Celtic harp, soprano voice, and cello. Candles and icons are sometimes used to enhance the meditative and spiritual aspects of the program. Mr. Barnwell and Ms. Lawson are also available for weddings, funerals, sacred events and other special occasions in the Atlanta, Georgia area. 

Programs can be scheduled in the United States, Canada and Europe. For more information, or to request a program, please send an e-mail to or call 404-414-4791

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Were You There

traditional spiritual, arranged by rhett barnwell


The classic spiritual "Were You There" has been artfully arranged for lever or pedal harp, and optional cello. While retaining the traditional melody, this version makes use of creative harmonies and the optional cello part adds an evocative element. In the key of D, with no accidentals, this arrangement could also be used to accompany a vocalist, with some minor adaptations. 

I Vow to Thee - arranged by rhett barnwell


Also known as "Jupiter", from "The Planets", by Gustav Holst, this arrangement is designed for lever or pedal harp. The beginning is fairly simple, in something of a Celtic style, followed by an additional verse in a full, chordal, dramatic style. Gustav Holst originally wrote this melody as part of his large-scale orchestral suite, "The Planets", Opus 32. It was contained in the movement entitled "Jupiter". Holst later lifted the tune out and set it as the patriotic hymn, "I Vow to Thee". In the key of C, with no accidentals.

kingsfold - arranged by rhett barnwell


An arrangement of a classic Anglican hymn, which is also a variant of the Irish tune, "Star of the County Down". It is a multi-level piece for lever or pedal harps, ranging from beginner to advanced intermediate players. It can actually be played using just two of the parts, in any combination. In the key of E minor, with no accidentals.

away in a manger


In this unique arrangement, two different tunes associated with this classic Christmas carol are alternated – “Cradle Song” and “Mueller”. While retaining the essential traditional character of these tunes, there are some alternative harmonies introduced as well as interesting left hand patterns. It is in the key of G and can be played on lever or pedal harp with no accidentals. Easy intermediate level. 


Somerset Folk Harp Festival

July 19-22, 2018

Rhett will be teaching 4 classes:

"The Compleat Harpist"

"Gregorian Chant for the Harp"

"Anything Goes - Composing and Arranging"

"Go For Baroque"


He will also be directing the Sunday full day add-on, "The Heavenly Harp", with Sam Milligan, Sunita Staneslow, Robbin Gordon-Cartier and Joanna Mell.

He will be performing on the Friday night concert, and offering private lessons. Click on the button for more information.

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