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Monday 10th July 2017

Firstly a huge 'thank you' for the continuing love and support that I have been feeling following the loss of my dear mum in February. There has been an incredible, and wonderful, sense of peace with regard to everything. So much to do and to see to, in so many different ways - but we are getting there.

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.

It is hard to believe that the last time I wrote here was on 6th June!! Since when I have enjoyed a much-need break in France oh la la... I hope you have been enjoying the summer - and for tennis fans the current Wimbledon championship matches.

I must say a huge 'thank you' for the tremendous turn-out in my home church on 3rd June for my celebratory birthday concert. I was incredibly touched by the warmth of the audience - standing room only in St Peter's Church - and we had a great deal of fun, with hopefully just the right combination of the 'serious' and the 'fun'. As it was my party every penny of the proceeds of the ticket sales has gone to the Friends of St Peter's. With donations the totl currently stands at 2989. Woweeee! Thank you so much. We hope to have some shots from the evening on here very soon.

I am very much looking forward to playing a few lunchtime recitals in cathedrals that have special meaning, next month - in addition I am delighted to be playing in Bath Abbey for the first time. Please see the Diary page for further details; and if you are able to get along to any of the venues please do come and say hello!

With the exception of these special dates (and other occasions such as Diamond wedding anniversary) I am performing less than I was; but continue to write, including a Requiem - a bold step for me and a long-term project! One of the highlights for me was playing, for the third year running, in Winchester Cathedral in December at the Light Up a Life service organised by our local children's hospice, Naomi House - at the beginning of the service and at the lighting of the candles and carrying of the the memory book, where I play a piece specially composed for the occasion. I always find it incredibly moving. On this occasion we were joined by the Compton and Shawford Festival Choir, who sang John Rutter's beautiful arrangement of "I Saw Three Ships". I am increasingly being asked to play at funerals too - something I always consider an enormous privilege.

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 would like to share with you a comment from one of the vergers at Peterborough Cathedral 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. 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 heard me at Norwich Cathedral the year before last, and I am grateful for her kind permission to reproduce it, anonymously.

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!

Best wishes

Charles

Something Music Ltd