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Monday 23rd March 2020

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.

Newish on the Radio page is a setting of the piece Blue Is the Sky on Radio Solent on 26th January to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. And newish on the Remembrance page is the composition End of the Tears, written for and played at the Rowans Hospice 25th anniversary service in Portsmouth Cathedral last November. As we have done before you have an opportunity to listen to the solo piano track as well as a beautiful orcehstartion by John Daniels.

It is some ten days since I last wrote here, and what we are living with seems to be changing and gathering pace almost on a daily basis. Many are already experiencing much hardship, with more to come I fear. Yet with it has come the most amazing community spirit. I hope those of you reading this are managing to keep safe, and staying well away from other people!

The cancellation of the Easter cruise on which I had been invited to play seems rather trivial in comparison to what some are going through.

John (Daniels) and I very much hope that our music may be bringing many of you comfort and strength at these extraordinarily challenging and difficult times.

Apart from the postponed cruise I am taking time out from performing but continue to write, though mostly for pleasure. John 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!

I always value and enjoy too playing as part of the worship group at Shoreline Church, a community church is Stubbington, which celebrated its 20th anniversary and moved to a new venue, the Crofton Hall at Stubbington Community Centre, earlier in the year. 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