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

Our 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 - Their Scarves Were Red


'Their Scarves Were Red' a musical by Darren Vallier and Rob Sweetman, being presented by the choir on Friday 12th April and Saturday 13th April 2019.


The musical is a thought provoking and moving tribute to those who died in the Hillsborough disaster of 1989, when 96 people lost their lives in a human crush during the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. 


The story follows two Liverpool fans travelling from Brighton to Sheffield on 15th April 1989. This cleverly written story does not apportion blame, but highlights how the twists and turns of fate can save one individual but tragically end the life of another.


Read The Telegraph report here 

Read our Press release here




Tickets £10 adults / £4 children.


Date: 12th April 2019 doors open 6:45pm / performance commences 7:30pm

In aid of our  chosen charities:-

St Wilfrid's Hospice

St Barnabas Hospice

Chestnut Tree House Hospice


Date: 13th April 2019 in aid of choir music fund.

Please note new performance time of 3:00pm /doors open 2:15pm


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



LEAD CHARACTERS DAN AND CHLOE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE MATCH. They are waiting for Barry, who has lost his bag - again! Dan's ex-girlfriend Debbie is unimpressed because Dan loves football more than her.




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FAURE'S REQUIEM - Come and sing concert


The choir and orchestra invite you to a "Come & Sing" concert on 19th April of Faure's Requiem, conducted by James Rushman.


There will be a rehearsal in the morning (10:30am - 12:30pm) and a further  rehearsal with our orchestra in the afternoon (3:30pm - 5:30pm) before performing the work in the evening (7:30pm). 


Anyone wishing to join us for that day and take part in the concert are welcome to do so. The cost will be £10 per person, inclusive of lunch. click here to register


Admission to the concert will be free but retiring donations can be made to the three charities we are supporting - St Wilfrid's, St Barnabas and Chestnut Tree House Hospices.


Contact Chris Allen 01243 582330.


19th April 2019. Doors open 6:45pm  performance commences 7:30pm


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









Hosted by Derek and Janet, the coffee morning was well supported and raised £150.



Thanks to everyone involved and everyone who came!





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 treats! 


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



Rehearsal aid for "Their Scarves Were Red" and Faure's Requiem can be found in the members' section.


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


Review of our last concert -                        NEW YEAR "Love Story"

On a rainy Saturday afternoon, the 29 strong orchestra presented an uplifting, warm and romantic concert, introducing new talent to the existing experienced musicians under the baton of James Rushman.


The concert entertained an attentive audience with medleys from My Fair Lady, Phantom of the Opera, Me and My Girl as well as Lara’s Theme from Dr Zhivago, The Walk to the Paradise Garden, Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, pieces from Carmen and Casablanca and the traditional rousing Thunder and Lightning Polka and Champagner Polka.


Two poems were superbly presented entitled “The Garden of Love” read by Chris Allen and My Teddy Bear read by Mick Bond.


Other highlights included the Theme from Love Story, sung with emotion by Lorna Haynes and some wonderful audience participation in The Lambeth Walk (Me and my Girl Medley).


The audience had been encouraged to bring their favourite teddy to enjoy the Teddy Bears Picnic, with a life size teddy handing out goodies to enjoy, bringing much laughter to the afternoon. The concert closed with an encore of the theme from The Blue Danube.


Donations from the concert will be shared between St Barnabas House, St Wilfrid’s Hospice and Chestnut Tree House.





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!
  • The Accounts for 2018 will be presented at the AGM in April 2019

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 2019, we are proud to have 92 Patrons, 3 Life Members and 1 Honorary Life Patron. 

Website created : August 2015

Last updated : 24th March 2019

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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


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