Welcome to the Edwin James Festival Choir and Orchestra official website.

The choir's aim is to promote the art form - MUSIC IS LIFE - involving local people in the choir and orchestra bringing a wide range of music to the Arun area, by local people for local people.


Our passion is music and we raise money for many different charities.


We hope you enjoy looking through our website.  You will find different ways to contact us, whether you wish to become a choir or orchestra member or just support us by coming to see our concerts.


Thank you for taking the time to support us.

A Christmas message from our Musical Director and President 

The Edwin James Festival Choir and Orchestra wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


We have had another fantastic year and over these last 20 years with your help, we have raised £140,000 for local & national charities and good causes.


My thanks to the following;-

  • The choir and orchestra for their hard work and commitment.
  • To their partners, friends and family for support.
  • To our committee for their hard work.
  • To the church wardens for the use of St James church and hall.
  • To our Patrons who have supported the choir in 2018 - your continual help is beneficial to the aims of the choir.
  • To Littlehampton Town Council & Littlehampton Town Mayor Cllr. Billy Blanchard-Cooper for his support of the choir.
  • To Tescos and Morrisons for their support.
  • To you all for supporting all of our concerts over the years.

Have a lovely Christmas and we look forward to seeing you at our forthcoming concerts in 2019.



Our Next Concert - New Year "Love Story"

Our Orchestra present their New Year concert "Love Story" featuring tradition pieces by Johann Strauss plus selections from My Fair Lady, Phantom of the Opera, Me and My Gal plus much much more!  



Tickets £10 adults / £4 children.


Date: 19th January 2019 

Doors open 2:15pm

Performance commences 3:00pm



The concert is in aid of our 3 chosen charities:




Venue: St James Church, East Ham Road, Littlehampton BN17 7AN




Latest News

Carol singing 22nd December 2018 


The choir will be bringing some festive joy on Saturday 22nd December when they sing carols to the shoppers at Morrisons store, 2 Lyminster Road, Wick, Littlehampton BN17 7LA.


Come and watch or join in at 11am to Midday and 1pm to 2pm.




Under the direction of Chris Allen and James Rushman, the choir have turned their attention to promoting and supporting St. James Church and Hall in East Ham Road, Littlehampton as a Community Hub following the closure of the church with no further services being held. Enquiries and bookings can be made via 01243 582330.


Events timetable: 

COFFEE AND CHATTER MORNINGS - every Friday 10:30am to 12 midday serving delicious cakes! 



Click Here to view full details.


Main charities - Year to July 2019


We are supporting the following charities for the year to July 2019:-



St Wilfrid's Hospice

St Barnabas Hospice

Chestnut Tree House Hospice


Members' section



To obtain the password Contact Us to request it or see the notice board at rehearsals.


Review of our last concert -               WINTER WONDERLAND "Glitz and Glamour"









Fascinating Facts

Fact 1 - During our financial year to December 2017, the choir directly raised £4,243.61 for charities and good causes:-

  • St James Church, Littlehampton
  • MacMillan Nurses
  • Enable Me
  • Cancerwise
  • Mission to Seafarers
  • St Barnabus Hospice
  • Alzheimers
  • Sussex Hospice
  • Littlehampton Musical Comedy Society
  • United Church, Littlehampton
  • Royal British Legion
  • Rustington Lions

The total raised over the last 20 years is £140,000!

Fact 2- The choir has its roots in the church so is often perceived as a church choir but it is very much a community choir.


We are a not-for-profit performing arts charitable organisation serving the Littlehampton and surrounding areas. Being a community choir:-


  • there are no auditions although the Musical Director will want to assess your voice.
  • the choir is not affiliated to any particular idea, culture or organisation (e.g. church or other faith group, particular style of music).
  • no prior musical knowledge is required (e.g. the ability to read music).
  • People are not excluded on the basis of age, race, gender,disability, sexual orientation etc.
  • we are a group of people singing together, united by our love of music, which has created a strong sense of community.
  • we have an organising committee which represents the views of the choir as a whole, and who also help to run social events for the choir.

Fact 3 - For 2018, we are proud to have 93 Patrons, 3 Life Members and 1 Honorary Life Patron. 

Website created : August 2015

Last updated : 15th December 2018

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"Speaks what cannot be expressed,

Soothes the mind and gives it rest,

Heals the heart and makes it whole,

Flows from Heaven to the soul."


Ticket Booking Line: 

+44 1243 582330 +44 1243 582330


Membership Booking line:

+44 1903 502262


Email : edwinjamesfestivalchoir@gmail.com


Or use our contact form.


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