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 - Music for Good Friday

The concert will be performed by the choir and orchestra and will feature Mozart's Requiem. More details to follow.

 

We are supporting the following charities for the year to July 2017 but this concert will promote MISSION TO SEAFARERS:-

 

 

14th April 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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Members' section

Members' section has been completed!

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

 

 

Charities supported - Year to July 2016

As well as having fun, we also take pride in raising money for charities and good causes. During the year to July 2016, we raised a total of £6,374.79 for the following:-

 

  • 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                                     

Main charities - year to July 2017

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

 

Mission to Seafarers
Enable Me
Cancerwise
MacMillan Nurses

 

 Our next concert promotes

MISSION TO SEAFARERS

Hampton the Hedgehog

Hampton the Hedgehog was formally adopted by The Edwin James Festival Choir at the end of last year.

 

His next appearance will be at the PANCAKE OLYMPICS in Littlehampton Town centre on 25th February 2017 where we will be raising money for Chestnut Tree House Hospice and St Barnabus House. 

Review of our last concert

ROCKING AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE CONCERT

St James the Great Church in East Ham Road, Littlehampton was the venue for the concert as the choir performed "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree" featuring the musical "Rock Nativity" in the first half.

 

Rock Nativity recreates the greatest story ever told from the Annunciation to the flight to Egypt with an overall contemporary pop rock feel and a wealth of memorable songs. The main characters were in full costume, with some of the choir in green waistcoats. The show started in candlelight to Away In A Manger with the rock beat soon kicking in as the story progressed. A special mention to Mary (Natalie Anderson) and Joseph (Andy Bonsall) whose solos were beautiful, heartwarming and emotional in all the right places, and who were well supported by an excellent cast of Wise Men, Shepherds, Sheep, Soldier, Caesar Augustus, Inn Keeper and his wife, Angel Gabriel and Evangelist.

 

With a change of mood and costume for the second half, the choir appeared in Christmas jumpers and Santa outfits and sang well known traditional songs that had the audience joining in, including the now legendary 12 Days of Christmas, written with new words, that had the audience bobbing up and down as they sang their alloted line. A lovely rendition of "Santa Baby" was sung by Pat Franklin, surrounded by seven admiring Santas.

 

Performed over two days, the audience were treated to a fun filled time. There was a surprise appearance of Santa who delighted the children with gifts, followed by an appearance of the choir's new mascot, Hampton the Hedgehog, who had a fun time dancing with the Mayor of Littlehampton on the Friday night.

 

The Saturday matinee promoted the charity Enable Me, based in Littlehampton, who raise awareness of children with special needs to able bodied children in schools.

Fascinating Facts

Fact 1 - During the year to July 2016, the choir raised £6,374.79 for charities and good causes. 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 : 21st January 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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