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.

Our Next Concert - A Time For Remembrance


The Choir and Orchestra will perform Howard Goodall's Every Purpose Under The Heaven and Faure Requiem.


12th November 2016 . Doors open 6:45pm, performance commences 7.30pm.

St James The Great Church, East Ham Road, Littlehampton BN17 7AN


Tickets £8 adults £4 children

Box Office: Chris Allen 01243 582330 or click here to purchase tickets


We will be supporting the following charities from November 2016 to July 2017:-


Latest News

Littlehampton Town Show & Family Fun Day at Rosemead Park on 10th September 2016


The choir set up a stall displaying choir information and details of our next show plus games and items to purchase. We also performed a 30 minute set of singalong songs in the main arena. We raised £280.50 which will go towards purchasing music.

Jumble Sale at St James Church Hall              on 24th September 2016


The choir held a GIANT jumble sale at St James Church Hall, East Ham Road, Littlehampton. We raised £300 towards choir travelling expenses! Thanks to everyone for their support.

Market Stall at Littlehampton High Street         on 30th September 2016


The choir was promoted at the Littlehampton Market and raised £155 for choir music.


Thanks to everyone who took a turn in manning the stall and to the lovely people who came and bought goodies.

Members' section

Members's section has been completed!

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


Every Purpose Under The Heaven

To view the score online, please go to the Members' Section and see the link under Rehearsal Aids.

Review of our last concert



One Sun, One World was chosen as a musical memorial for Joe, a larger-than-life, well-loved member of the choir, Littlehampton Town Concert Band and member of the music group at Parkside Evangelical Church who lost his battle for life in February.


The performance was held on Saturday, 27th August 2016 at the Parkside Evangelical Church with no admission charge but with a retiring collection in aid of St Barnabas Hospice.


Commissioned by the World Wide Fund for their 50th Anniversary, One Sun One World has an environmental theme that reaches out with a message of hope for the future of the natural world and humanity’s place within it.  The musical took the audience on a journey through the great forces of earth, the power of the sun, the ocean tides, wind patterns, the miracle of rainfall, a web of cold and heat all inter-connected and weaving in an amazing variety of landscapes, habitats and life-forms re-born in a world of human interdependence, culminating in an emotional message with the song “We Share A Wonderful World”.  


James Rushman, Musical Director commented ‘Joe and his wife Eva joined the choir seventeen years ago. Our motto is Music is Life and it certainly was for Joe who not only sang but played the oboe, clarinet and keyboard.  He became very accomplished and joined The Littlehampton Town Concert Band and the music group at the church.’  Rushman continued ‘Joe was small in stature but big in heart, nothing was ever too much trouble for him and he will be remembered by all who met him as a gentle man with a big heart. He loved the choir, his music, the concert band and was a loyal friend.  His big smile, Geordie/Asian accent and tam-o-shanter will long remain in the memory of all who knew him, not to mention his famed Lemon Drizzle Cake’.


Congratulations to soloists, duettists, narrators and all singers who performed in this musical memorial for Joe. Many thanks to Parkside Evangelical Church for providing the venue and for looking after the performers and audience on a seriously hot afternoon. Thank you James for brilliant piano playing and for getting us there musically and to Chris for the production and all the little extras. Our love goes to the wonderful audience and to Eva and her family. The amount raised for St Barnabus was £573.25.

Fascinating Facts

Fact 1 - During 2015, the choir raised £7,400.75 for charities and good causes, beating the 2014 total by £2,500. The total raised over the last 18 years is £130,000!

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, unite 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 helps to run social events for the choir.

Last updated : 8th October 2016

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Tel: Chris for tickets

+44 1243 582330 +44 1243 582330


Tel: Julie for membership info

+44 1903 502262


Email : edwinjamesfestivalchoir@gmail.com


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