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Monday 18th September 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 over the past six months. 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. New on the Gallery pages are some shots of my 60th birthday 'party' concert in my home church on 3rd June.

Also new on this site is the interview with Tim Daykin on Radio Solent a couple of weeks beforehand - have a listen on the Radio page.

The celebrations continued with a short tour of cathedrals and Bath Abbey, and I have had a wonderful time - playing in glorious surroundings to some wonderful audiences. Thank you to all of you who came along to support - it was a pleasure and privilege to perform for you. In Peterborough Cathedral I received my first-ever standing ovation - thank you SO much - an incredibly humbling experience. You really joined in the medleys of hits from 1957 and the 60s too! Thank you to you all for your kindness and birthday wishes. I am sad that it has come to and end but have some amazing memories.

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! 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 has heard me in Norwich Cathedral, 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