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Monday 28th October 2019

If you are visiting this web-site for the first time, a very warm welcome; and for those of you who are 'old hands' welcome back! I hope you will enjoy having a look around - especially on the Radio page some fun interviews and in the Gallery section some formal as well as informal shots. The latest on the Gallery pages are some shots of my 60th birthday 'party' concert in my home church on 3rd June 2017 - exactly two years ago today!

Also from that year is the interview with Tim Daykin on Radio Solent a couple of weeks beforehand - have a listen on the Radio page.

Since I last wrote here I have attended my nephew/Godson Robert's wedding in York, and had the privilege of playing - as his Bird Katie walked up the aisle, during the register signing and as they walked out hand in hand! It was all in the glorious, atmospheric setting of the Merchant Adventurers' Hall in York - my first visit to the city (the furthest north I have performed at being Lincoln Cathedral) and what a beautiful place it is. A very continental feel, with many foreigners, and the magnificent Minster right in the very heart of the city. I was able to have a good wander around the Minster on the Saturday morning.

I have then had the pleasure of a fortnight's autumnal visit to the west coast of France - or simply 'oh la la' as I tend to say now :- ) and I am still trying to keep in French 'mode'!

We are approaching the season of Remembrance, where my music, and that with with John Daniels, seems to come into its own. I will have the pleasure and privilege of playing in my home church, St Peter's, this coming Sunday at our annual All Souls' service of remembrance. And it is a great privilege to have been invited to play at the 25th anniversary service of our local hospice, Rowans, in Portsmouth cathedral on Sunday 17th November.

I am taking time out from performing but I continue to write, though mostly for pleasure. John (Daniels) and I have been working on some arrangements of worship songs that have enormous meaning and that I have been wanting to record for some time - we have put three below - simply click on a title and listen - I hope you like what we have done!

I always value and enjoy too playing as part of the worship group at Shoreline Church, a community church is Stubbington, which celebrated its 20th anniversary and moved to a new venue, the Crofton Hall at Stubbington Community Centre, earlier in the year. More details at https://www.shorelinechristianchurch.com (type in your browser). I am increasingly being asked to play at funerals too - something I always consider an enormous privilege.

My music, and that with John Daniels, continues to touch many hearts - and is especially poignant at times of sadness and loss and for reconciliation purposes. It seems to have a capacity to bring people together, and this ties in with a comment from one of the vergers at Peterborough Cathedral a couple of years ago that meant a lot to me. The cathedral is used to holding more formal lunchtime concerts during the summer months, but he said that some of them can be a bit highbrow and described my music as being 'inclusive rather than exclusive' - appealing to a wide range of tastes. I took what he said very much to heart and would hope that my music always serves to draw people in rather than turn them away.

And it is always heartening, and humbling too, for both John and I, to receive and read your correspondence. Thank you so much. I would like to share one of the messages with you and have put it on the Reviews page. It is from a lady who has heard me in Norwich Cathedral, and I am grateful for her kind permission to reproduce it, anonymously.

On the Radio page are some interviews which hopefully give an insight into my life and music. For more details on Blue Is the Sky go to http://rsmithcompany.moonfruit.com/#/blue-is-the-sky/4590394637 (you will need to type it in your browser).

I am increasingly being asked where our music is available. Apart from this web-site's Online Shop, and a number of internet sites, our CDs are on sale in a number of Christian bookshops around the country. All are available through Amazon and/or to download via a number of internet sites including iTunes and CD Baby. Simply go to one of these sites and type the title and/or our names in the Search box.

My Jesus, My Saviour
Endless Hallelujah
I Will Offer up my Life

Happy listening!

Charles

Something Music Ltd