It's not just about music...

Charles started formal piano lessons at the age of six and began improvising and composing eight years later.

A law graduate, in 1982 he took up a post teaching French at Yardley Court, a boys' prep school in Tonbridge, Kent, where he stayed for a very happy eleven and a half years as Head of Pastoral Care and Assistant Housemaster.

It was during his time at Yardley Court that Charles first played in public and people had the opportunity of listening to his calming, tranquil and captivating music. Not only was he writing music for carols for performance by the school choir but in 1986 and 1988 he wrote the scores for the school's musical adaptations of Gobbolino the Witch's Cat and The Magician's Nephew.

In 1985 he fell in love with Suffolk where he bought a small cottage as a retreat/bolthole from school life. A keen cyclist and walker it was the quiet country lanes and beautiful surroundings that were to provide the inspiration for much of his earlier recorded music. A year later he came to faith and began to experience the power and love of God in his life (having been confirmed at the age of fourteen).

He put down a collection of solo piano compositions on his first CD, Between the Worlds, released in 1991. After leaving Yardley Court in 1993 he did some hotel and restaurant playing, and had a stint working for a firm of estate agents before moving to work with homeless people in his home towns of Fareham and Gosport, Hampshire. All through this time he began to realise that his music and style of playing was really touching people's hearts, and felt an increasing calling to use his musical gift in a specific way to reach and touch the hearts of 'the man in the street'. In March 1996 he visited Dunblane and ministered to the community by playing in the Cathedral over the course of three days a fortnight after the tragic shooting.

In 1998 he bought a Kurzweil electronic piano and accompanying equipment and began playing at craft shows and festivals around the country, where he used composing as his 'craft' and began ministering to the visitors at the shows. In 2000 he recorded a second album of piano and instrumental music played on the Kurzweil, entitled The Celestial Picnic. The same year, at one of the shows where he was playing, he met John Daniels, Christian songwriter, composer, arranger, record producer and musical director. Since that meeting they have collaborated on recording seven albums of piano and instrumental music, with John adding orchestral arrangements to Charles' piano tracks.

Wings of an Eagle, released in 2002, is a collection of Charles' compositions including The Eleventh of September, written on the evening of 9/11.

Face of Gold, again all Charles' material, was released the following year.

If You Lead Me was released in 2004 in their joint names, being a combination of Charles' work and their own arrangements of eleven well-known worship songs.

Called to Freedom, released in April 2006, is their arrangement of five well-known worship songs together with six of Charles' compositions and two of John's. This album includes the track Make Me a Channel of Your Peace which came to be loved by listeners to Radio 2's Good Morning Sunday and which is featured on the double CD compilation (details of which can be found elsewhere on this web-site).

Only In Your Eyes, released on 20th March 2008, is in memory of Charles' late father, Arthur. It includes six well-known worship songs (including John Wimber's moving Isn't He Beautiful?) and nine original compositions - including a setting of The Lord's Prayer written by Arthur some thirty-nine years ago.

A Time for all Things was released on 2nd April 2010. This is an inspirational collection of their compositions, worship songs, hymns and popular ballads, and was the first recording to include well-known ballads.

Words Will Never Be Enough, based on the theme of remembrance, was released on 28th March 2012 and is another inspired collection of traditional and modern hymns, ballads and original compositions. It is hoped that this will have resonance for those who are experiencing a loss in their lives.

Their latest recording, A Glorious Light, is the Christmas collection released on 6th October 2014. It is their creative interpretation of traditional carols (combining alternative tunes, adding bits here and there etc) alongside two each of their original compositions.

In 2003 John moved back with his family to the States - his wife Tami is Texan. The last seven albums have been put together via transatlantic links.

Charles and John's music seems to have the capacity to touch hearts at times of tragedy and great sadness. From the days all those years ago when Charles played at Dunblane his and John's music has been played to bring comfort and strength to grieving communities. Tracks were played in St Andrew's Church, Soham, following the murder of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2002. More recently their music has been ministering to the communities in Denver, Colorado, after the cinema shootings in Aurora in July 2012, and to the community in Machynlleth following the disappearance of April Jones and the subsequent trial and conviction of Mark Bridger.

In addition to the craft festivals, where his music provides visitors with a quiet space within the hustle and bustle of the show, Charles has ministered in hospices and schools. He presents concert evenings of music and conversation in churches around the country under the title 'An Evening with Charles Timberlake' and gives informal lunchtime recitals. He occasionally accepts bookings for weddings and other private and charitable functions where he brings his own inimitable style of playing to variations of well-known oldies, ballads, show tunes and television themes.

In his spare time Charles is a reader and team leader for the Portsmouth Area Talking News for the blind and is a Chaplains' Assistant at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth.

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