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Tuesday 2nd July 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.

I am back from holiday in la belle France - or just simply oh la la as I was calling it this time! Particularly memorable was the evening leaving Portsmouth at the end of the day of comemmorations for D-Day 75, June 5th. The Boudicca was moored alongside the Brittany Ferry Bretagne, and as some had boarded early we were on deck as the Boudicca departed, carrying those 300 or so veterans, horns blaring, band playing and everyone cheering, waving and saluting. It was a wonderful moment.

I am taking a break from performing but I continue to write, though mostly for pleasure. John (Daniels) and I are working on some arrangements of worship songs that have enormous meaning and that I have been wanting to record for some time. I always value and enjoy playing as part of the worship group at Shoreline Church, a community church is Stubbington, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary and recently moved just around the corner to a new venue - the Crofton Hall at Stubbington Community Centre. 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.

Happy listening!

Charles

Something Music Ltd