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Friday 23rd August 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 have enjoyed another train journey, though not quite as long as the one I described when I last wrote - this time back to a county that is close to my heart, Suffolk. It was not quite to the happy occasion that I described last time either - this time to a funeral, of a gentleman who was the first neighbour I got to know in the village of Wissett where I was fortunate enough to have bought a little cottage way back in 1985. Alastair died on 3rd. He and Jill became very dear friends and also loved my music. Many people in the County were brought to know it through Alastair and Jill, and I am enormously grateful for all the love that they have shown me over the years.

I am taking a break 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!

It is a great privilege to have been invited to play for our local Hospice, Rowans, at their 25th anniversary service in Portsmouth Cathedral on 17th November. I always value and enjoy too 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.

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

Happy listening!

Charles

Something Music Ltd