Ave Maria

December 18, 2016 — 95 Comments

It was such a treat to travel home yesterday with my brother Matt for the Christmas break, Tom my younger brother was also driving home at the same time from Glasgow. This year the timings were perfect as we were all able to make it home in time to celebrate my Dadโ€™s birthday yesterday.

When we are all together it reminds me how lucky I am and gives me time to reflect on what has happened over the year and to plan and set my goals for the year to come. It is also a time to think about my friends, many of whom have started out on new paths of their journey through life. Some starting new careers, some studying towards their own personal goals and some starting families of their own. I wish each and every one of them a magical new year filled with happiness and contentment.

To all my friends here I want to thank you for your boundless enthusiasm, thoughtful advice, and sincere encouragement. You have helped make the last four years so enjoyable and personally rewarding and I canโ€™t wait to see what 2017 brings.

Sadly 2016 also was the year that I lost my Mema (Grandma) who passed away in April. My Pepa (Grandpa) asked me to record a song to play at the funeral to help celebrate her life as the family gathered to say their farewells. It was a difficult song for me to perform and one of the last that I recorded quickly at the Royal College of Scotland. Because of the emotions that the song evoked, I found it difficult at first to listen back to the recording but now as I sit here with my family, having reflected on the blessings that we have all received throughout 2016 I felt it was a good time to share the recording with you.

Ave Maria – Schubert

95 responses to Ave Maria


    Just Lovely Charlotte-a personal favorite. x


    Happy Christmas Charlotte. I am happy that we have ‘met’ via our blogs. Ave Maria is a beautiful song. All the best for 2017! xx


    Gorgeous interpretation of a very beautiful song. What a wonderful memorial for your Mema. I hope you have a great Christmas and New years with your family!


    Beautiful, Charlotte. Your grandmother’s memory was honoured with your rendition.


      I was looking at my Grandpaโ€™s Christmas card he sent to us and it felt so sad to see only his name on the card, he asked for a copy of the of the recording on a CD so I hope it gave him a little bit of comfort.

      Best Wishes


    She’ll be in your mind and your heart at Xmas. Remember the years and remember to build more memories of love at family at this time.

    Merry Xmas, Lovely Girl.


      Yes lots of nice memories, Grandma knitted and crocheted my christening robe and always liked to hear how we were all doing. Merry Xmas Martin and I hope you have a lovely holiday.

      Best Wishes


    wow – stunning. Merry Xmas, enjoy the time with your family.


    Charlotte I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. May next year e perfect for you.
    Love John


    A beautiful rendition, Charlotte, filled with love and longing. I’m sorry to learn that your grandmother passed away this year – may you enjoy the best of your memories of her. Wishing you and your family a good Christmas together, and looking forward to sharing your adventures in the new year.


    Absolutely glorious! Thank you.


    Thank you for your beautiful rendition of Schubert’s “Ave Maria”. It’s a favorite. Listening to it always reminds me of the important things. It’s so easy to get caught up in the mundane. Again thank you.


    I feel happy to hear you and your whole family are getting together during Christmas. Your singing of Ave Maria is wonderful!


    Very sincerely the brightest Ave Maria I have ever heard. Thanks Charlotte – All the best for you and you familly, happy hollidays and merry christmas !


    Such a beautiful piece, you sang it very well, Charlotte. Have a lovely Christmas and a wonderful New Year!


    I can understand the mixed emotions about 2016, but you made your grandfather more at ease with your magnificent song. Ave Maria brings memories to many of us. Thank you for sharing this and may 2017 be an even brighter year for you and yours!!


    Charlotte that was beautiful! Very moving. I’ve listened to it twice and it is real goosebumps time. I’m looking forward to seeing you whilst your home, and the boys! ๐Ÿ˜˜


    Reflections and goals for this year and next, time marches on.
    Here’s to new beginnings and to thoughtful glimpses into the past. Cheers to you Charlotte, Darlene.


    you have a very beautiful voice ! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚


    Very moving and beautiful and so brave. Thank you for letting us hear it too.


      Thank you for listening Hilary ๐Ÿ™‚ I ordered the book that you recommended. I hope you and all your lovely family have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

      Best Wishes


    Very nice, Charlotte. A great song that you gave us with such feeling. Your mema would be so proud of you. All my best wishes for the coming year.


    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.


    You touch my heart with such a beautiful rendition of one of my favorite songs. God Bless you and your family this holy season and throughout the coming year! <3


      Thank you Annette, God bless you and I hope that you enjoy this special time of year, Merry Christmas. I hope your New Year sparkles with happiness and good luck.

      Best Wishes


    Beautiful, Charlotte


    So much feeling and beauty in your singing. Thank you for sharing this. Hope your holidays are happy.


    A lovely musical gift to us all, Charlotte. Your grandmother had to be very proud of you.
    I am amazed at your growth over the past few years I’ve been following you via your blog. I feel like a proud parent, one who had NOTHING to do with it! Keep following your dreams – don’t let anything sidetrack you. You are destined for greatness!


      Thank you Noelle. I am really appreciative of everyoneโ€™s encouragement on my blog. Some days itโ€™s nice just to sit and read over the old messages and reply to the new ones. It helps that itโ€™s my dream, and I am doing what I love.

      Best Wishes


    Merry Christmas Charlotte Hoather,

    I hope you have the best time with your family over the holidays.



    You are wonderful, Charlotte! I enjoyed your beautiful voice so much in this selection. Merry Christmas, and all the best for the new year!


    Simply beautiful. I smiled and teared up at the same time. I used to play that on my mother’s Cable-Nelson grand a long time ago. Merry Christmas, Charlotte, and all the best to you and all your friends in the coming new year. โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ


    Wishing you and yours the best of wishes this Christmas, I’m sure it will be a bittersweet occasion but as you say, there’s lots to be grateful for.


    WOW! Your harmonious rendition of Ave Maria gave me goosebumps, Charlotte. It was perfect. You have an amazing voice. Your grandma must surely be smiling with pride up in the Heavens.

    Have a great season. All the best! ๐Ÿ™‚


    Your voice is wonderful! Thanks for the song today – nice addition to my life and sorry about the loss- ๐Ÿ˜‰
    And cheers to a new year in 2017


    Beautiful recording, I really enjoyed it!


    Oh, and happy holidays! โ˜ƒ๏ธ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŒŸ


    So beautiful, Charlotte! It was my mother’s favorite song. It brought tears to my eyes! Thank you so much for sharing! Love & hugs! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family! โค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽŠ


      Good health, happiness and joy to you and your family Janice, I hope itโ€™s filled with delightful surprises and a little extra sparkle ๐Ÿ™‚

      Best wishes


        Thank you so much, Charlotte! Yes, I have received a little sparkle from my husband in the form of a diamond necklace. โค๏ธ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ May you have a wonderful Christmas & New Year too!


        You’re living the dream ๐Ÿ˜Š. I’m still living in Swarovski land which is lovely and still sparkly โœจ


    Happy Christmas and here’s to a successful 2017! Was wonderful meeting you this year and we hope to meet again for tea soon. ๐Ÿ™‚


      Absolutely super to meet you and David, I loved reading about your holiday in Scotland. London and the Garden of England next perhaps ๐Ÿ™‚ Wishing you both a Happy New Year.

      Best wishes


    Hi Charlotte.
    I will listen to your recording of Ave Marie.It will have a more special purpose as it was sung in memory of you Grandma.
    I was in Carlisle Cathedral this Sunday for Readings and Carol.
    It was a truely an uplifting experience..did i see you there?
    I take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year
    We gain hope joy and especially love from our family.
    We are so lucky to have had the wisdom passed on to us….let it give us guidance and lead us to a happier and more fullfilled life.


      Thank you Max, sadly I wasnโ€™t in Carlisle I love uplifting services they really can make you feel so full of life. Absolutely I love spending time with my family and friends itโ€™s nice to catch up and listen to their news.

      Best wishes


    A new year; a new opportunity. I hope you and your family have a great time together over the holiday, Charlotte.


      Keeping my fingers crossed Terry Iโ€™ve got lots of new opportunities in January ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you and wishing you and yours a joyous holiday and a fabulous New Year.

      Best wishes


    Hi Charlotte, what a wonderful recording to leave the year with,soothing and serene. ave a great break, and enjoy the family. Next year sounds full of hope and opportunity, so here wishing you a happy and blessed Christmas and a great New Year. thanks for the likes on my blog ๐Ÿ™‚ Charles.


    This is so beautiful Charlotte! I know how difficult it must have been to record the song. I was asked twice by friends to sing at the funerals of their loved ones. I didn’t really know the people who had died but I found it so hard not to cry! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and all the best for 2017 xx


    So moving and sublime, dear Charlotte… Thanks for sharing your magic ๐Ÿ˜€ Merry Christmas! ๐Ÿ™‚


    Stunning and beautiful. Best wishes this Christmas season, and a successful 2017 to you Charlotte. Thank you for sharing your talents.


    Beautiful Christmas tribute, Charlotte. Thank you for this inspiring piece. Have a Merry Christmas and all the best into the New Year!


    Merry Christmas and happy belated birthday to your dad!


    Tis the Season Charlotte!Loved listening to Ave Maria,touched by your reference to your Mema,in your epilogue.Best wishes for a Happy Christmas โ™ฅ ฦธำœฦท โ™ฅ


    Beautiful and angelic, Charlotte. Sending blessings for a year filled with joy and dreams come true โ™ฅ


    Such a beautiful song. Such a moving version.


    What a lovely tribute to your grandmother! I want to wish you a very Happy New Year Charlotte. May it be filled with wonderful adventures. Looking forward to chatting in 2017….


    Beautiful version.


    Absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing


    That was really beautiful version of the song and also a great tribute to your grandmother. Thank for sharing it ๐Ÿ™‚

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