Rachel Kent - Harpist

This wedding harpist is based in Bath and is a versatile player with 20 years professional experience in all areas of performance. She has played throughout the UK at major concert halls and prestigious venues including The Royal Albert Hall, Truro and Exeter Cathedrals, St. James' Palace, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Barbican Hall.
Now based in Somerset, she performs extensively around the South West frequenting the beautiful Roman Baths and Assembly Rooms as well as many of the luxury hotels in the location.

She began learning the harp at the age of 8, soon earning a Music Scholarship to Badminton School in Bristol. Her earliest performances included playing with The National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain and as a soloist in Handel's Harp Concerto at St. George's Brandon Hill, Bristol when she was 13. At 17 she became the Resident Harpist at the illustrious Bath Spa Hotel.

After studying with soloist Susan Drake for 5 years, she gained an Associateship to The Royal College of Music - ARCM, in harp performance. Following this, she studied at Kings College, London for a degree in Pharmacology, subsequently working in the Pharmaceutical industry. Ultimately the harp was to dominate and she now lives in Bath, from where she plays regularly all over the West Country.

She has featured as a soloist in Rodrigo's Concerto Serenata, Danses Sacree et Profane by Debussy and Mozart's Flute and Harp Concerto. She has accompanied numerous choirs in works such as Britten's Ceremony of Carols and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. She has broadcast for BBC Radio and Television, undertaken a large number of opera projects and regularly plays in a range of orchestral concerts as well as having played at more than 400 weddings

She is in demand with Orchestras, Opera companies and as a Soloist, as well as for weddings and other corporate events.

She also performs with other musicians and is available in the following combinations:

  • Harp and Flute
  • Harp and Violin
  • Harp and Cello
  • Harp and Voice

She has a wealth of experience playing for Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions. The harp is the perfect choice for a Civil or Church Marriage. Normally the music is featured at points in the Ceremony as follows:

While your guests are seating
The Entrance of the Bride
The Signing of the Register
The Exit of the Bride and Groom
Lighter music can be enjoyed during the celebratory drinks and also during the wedding breakfast. The sound of the harp is unobtrusive and provides an enchanting background atmosphere.

She also encourages a no obligation music consultation for weddings, so you can listen and select your music.

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Rachel Kent - Harpist Repertoire

There is an enormous choice of harp music to fit every setting. Here are some recommendations -

Wedding Music

  • Bridal March - Wagner
  • Wedding March - Mendelssohn
  • Canon - Pachelbel
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
  • Arabesque no.1 - Debussy
  • Ave Maria - Gounod/Schubert
  • Greensleeves
  • Tom Bowling - Dibdin
  • Gymnopedie no. 1 - Satie
  • O For the Wings of a Dove - Mendelssohn

Songs from Shows and Film

  • Theme from Cats
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • I Gather Lilacs from Perchance to Dream
  • Theme from Titanic
  • Lara's Theme from Doctor Zhivago

Popular Standards

  • Memory (Cats)
  • I Gather Lilacs (Perchance to Dream)
  • Theme from Titanic
  • Lara's Theme (Doctor Zhivago)
  • Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)
  • Theme from Love Story
  • Speak Softly Love (The Godfather)
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Wizard of Oz)
  • The Heart Asks Pleasure First (The Piano)
  • As Long as He Needs Me (Oliver)
  • Tell Me on a Sunday
  • I Don’t Know How to Love Him (Jesus Christ Superstar)
  • Don’t Cry for Me Argentina (Evita)
  • All I Ask of You (Phantom of the Opera)
  • Think of Me (Phantom of the Opera)
  • Angel of Music (Phantom of the Opera)
  • In Dreams (Lord of the Rings)
  • Concerning Hobbits (Lord of the Rings)
  • Cavatina (The Deer Hunter)
  • Kissing You (Romeo & Juliet)
  • Love Theme (The Thornbirds)
  • The Way We Were
  • Sad Fountains (Sense & Sensibility)
  • PM Theme (Love Actually)
  • Pure Imagination (Charlie & the Chocolate Factory)
  • Music of the Night (Phantom of the Opera)
  • Days of Wine & Roses
  • Love is All Around (Love Actually)
  • Misty*
  • My Foolish Heart
  • Days of Wine and Roses*
  • I Get a Kick out of You
  • Tea for Two
  • If (Bread)
  • Make You Feel My Love
  • Skinny Love (Birdy)
  • Thousand Years (Christina Perry)
  • River Flows (Yiruma)
  • Annie’s Song
  • When I Fall in Love
  • Starlight (Muse)
  • Marble Halls (Enya)
  • Chi Mai
  • Fields of Gold (Sting)
  • Only Time (Enya)
  • Unchained Melody
  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  • Endless Love
  • Imagine (The Beatles)
  • Yesterday (The Beatles)
  • Rule The World (Take That)
  • China Roses (Enya)
  • From This Moment (Shania Twain)
  • Songbird (Eva Cassidy)
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight (Elton John)
  • Angels (Robbie Williams)
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love With You
  • Heaven (DJ Sammy)
  • I Will Always Love You
  • Time After Time
  • It’s a Wonderful World
  • The Greatest Day (Take That)
  • A Whiter Shade of Pale (Procol Harem)
  • Time to Say Goodbye (Sarah Brightman)
  • Hallelujah
  • The Cave (Mumford & Sons)
  • Clocks (Coldplay)
  • It’s Been a Long Long Time
  • Everybody Loves Somebody
  • Time After Time
  • Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise
  • Dream
  • Somebody Loves Me
  • Lover, Come Back to Me!
  • Fools Rush In
  • La Vie en Rose
  • Secret Love


Rachel Kent - Harpist Feedback

Thank you for playing so beautifully at our wedding last Sunday. It was magical to walk into Coombe Lodge and hear the rippling sound of the Harp floating through the doors. I wish I could have spent more time listening to you play.

Elizabeth Hunter,

Thank you for yesterday, you were amazing. And you made our special day, even more so with your beautiful harp.

Al & Trish Daly,

Thank you so very much for the lovely music on Saturday. I received lots of compliments about it, and I hope that some of them came directly to you. I think it added the perfect finishing touch to a really wonderful happy day.

Fran Risius,

Thank you so much for the music you performed at our wedding

it was even more beautiful than we had hoped. Your professionalism and talent were highly impressive and we loved your arrangements of pieces old and new. Your work was one of the most commented on f, Heather and Guillaume Kerboul

We wanted to thank you for your time and the amazing music you played the day of our wedding. Everybody absolutely loved it. Thank you for helping make the day a truly memorable day.

Sonia Ornilla,

Your playing was astounding and it made our reception extra special. Every guest at our wedding thought you were truly amazing


Thank you so very much for playing such beautiful music during our wedding reception. I have lost count of how many guests passed comments, each and every one speaking very highly of your talent


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