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Friday 1st March 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.

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.

Meteorologically-speaking today is the first day of Spring, as well of course as being St David's Day! I am reminded of the two occasions I had the privilege of giving lunchtime recitals in St Davids Cathedral.

There is a lot happening weather-wise and politically at the moment, with great turmoil in Parliament. We have to trust, in the words of Mother Julian of Norwich, that 'all shall be well, all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.'

I am taking a break from performing but I continue to write, though mostly for pleasure. I have recently sent John (Daniels) versions of a couple of worship songs that have enormous meaning and that I have been wanting to record for some time. There are a lot more too! I always enjoy playing as part of the worship group at Shoreline Church, Stubbington, and this year we have been invited again to lead the worship for the Service on the Green in Stubbington village on Good Friday. 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.

Happy listening!

Charles

Something Music Ltd