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 - ABC

The Choir will be performing the brilliant songs of Abba, The Beatles and The Carpenters.


We are supporting the following charities from November 2016 to July 2017 but this concert will promote MACMILLAN NURSES:-


Mission to Seafarers 


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MacMillan Nurses



8th July 2017 Doors open 6:45pm, performance commences 7.30pm.


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


Tickets £8 adults


Box office:

Chris Allen 01243 582330 

or Click here to purchase tickets

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Main charities - Year to July 2017

We are supporting the following charities for the year to July 2017.


Mission to Seafarers
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MacMillan Nurses


 Our next concert promotes


Summer Fayre - 3rd June 2017

The choir held their Summer Fayre in the garden of Littlehampton United Church on a beautiful summers afternoon, attended by the new Littlehampton Mayor, William Blanchard-Cooper and the choir's mascot, Hampton The Hedgehog. The event was very well supported with the bottle stall selling out within half an hour! We raised £1500 for choir funds to purchase music etc for forthcoming concerts, which in turn raises funds for our chosen charities. Massive thanks to the Mayor, everyone who helped organise the event or run a stall and everyone who came.

Rustington Street Fayre - 17th June 2017

The choir took part in the RUSTINGTON STREET FAYRE organised by Littlehampton District Lions Club together with Rustington Chamber of Trade and Commerce. They sang a selection of Abba, Beatles and Carpenters songs from their upcoming concert on July 8th. They also ran a stall and enjoyed other entertainment and an Arts and Craft Event in the church. This event was in support of the Sussex Snowdrop Trust. More photos can be found in the Photo Gallery, in our Members' Section and on our Facebook page.

Members' section

Members' section has been completed!

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



Review of our last concert



A classic and moving tribute to Good Friday was performed by the hardworking Choir at St James the Great Church in East Ham Road, Littlehampton on Friday 14th April, who have been in rehearsal since Christmas. Accompanied by The Edwin James Festival Orchestra with musicians travelling from as far away as Devon and Southampton to freely offer their support, this was an outstanding evening.


They performed Mozart's Requiem in D minor and surpassed all expectations with outstanding soloists Pat Franklin (Soprano), Jeanette Fido (Alto), David Bathurst (Tenor) and Richard Cooper (Bass). 


The audience spoke of their joy at the performance of 'Stay With Me' by Will Todd and the unaccompanied rendition of the African-American Spiritual Hymn, ''Where You There When They Crucified My Lord' which completed a very moving programme that was fitting for Good Friday. 


The concert promoted the charity "Mission To Seafarers" who provide help and support to the 1.5 million men and women who face danger every day to keep our global economy afloat.

Fascinating Facts

Fact 1 - During the year to July 2016, the choir raised £6,374.79 for charities and good causes:-

  • St James Church, Littlehampton               
  • United Church, Littlehampton                   
  • RNLI                                                              
  • St Barnabus Hospice                                  
  • Chestnut Tree House Childrens' Hospic   
  • Littlehampton Musical Comedy Society
  • Littlehampton Carnival                             
  • Help for Heroes                                          
  • Bloodwise                                                   
  • Ferring Country Centre                             
  • Crossroads Care                                        
  • Royal British Legion                                   
  • Dolphins Swimming Club                         
  • NSPCC                                                       
  • MacMillan Nurses                                     

The total raised over the last 19 years is £136,000!

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.

Fact 3 - For 2017, we are proud to have 90 Patrons, 2 Life Members and 1 Honorary Life Patron.

Last updated : 18th June 2017

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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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