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.

Latest News 

In view of the current Coronavirus situation affecting us all, the members of the committee met on 18th March 2020 to discuss the action that we need to take to ensure the utmost safety of our choir, patrons and friends.

 

We can advise you that all choir activities have been suspended until further notice.

 

The committee will continue to monitor the situation and will post updates to keep you informed.

 

We pray that everyone stays well and we wish you all the very best in the coming weeks.

Members' section

NOTICES

 

Please go to the Members' Section / Corona Virus Bulletin for information, which includes an update regarding the planned choir trip to Weymouth.

 

 

Please note that the members' Section is Password protected.

To obtain the password Contact Us to request it .

 

Charities

 

We are supporting the following charities:-

 

 

For the year to July 2020:-

Turning Tides (Worthing Churches Homeless Project)

CALM, Campaign Against Living Miserably

Sussex Snowdrop Trust

 

 

 

 

 

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 can be made via 01243 582330.

 

Events timetable: 

COFFEE AND CHATTER MORNINGS have been suspended due to the Corona virus.

 

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Review of our last concert - CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS WINTER WONDERLAND “MAGIC OF DISNEY”

 

The Choir presented their Winter Wonderland Disney concert over two days with performances on Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14.

 

Musical director James Rushman said: “Christmas is a magical time and this year our concert celebrated the magic of Disney. Songs from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs set the tone for the evening followed by others from Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio, Song of the South, Lady and the Tramp, Cinderella and Mary Poppins.”
 

The choir had immersed itself in rehearsals for this concert which also included a dip into traditional carols, The Muppet Christmas Carol, John Rutter’s beautiful Christmas Lullaby and a medley of songs from Disney on Stage. However, the programme would not have been the same without including the choir’s own unique annual rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas with lyrics written as usual by concert Producer Chris Allen in his own inimitable style. (We give away mince pies to our audience and then provide them with an opportunity to burn off the calories. See video below!). There were also lots of vocal opportunities for the audience to join in and occasionally sing on their own, which they did beautifully!

 

There were surprise visits from the White Rabbit (I’m Late) who was cheered when he came in late and a fierce looking wolf (Who’s Afraid of The Big Bad Wolf) who was boo'd and shouted at when he got near to the little pigs! Father Christmas also appeared and handed gifts to the children.


Friday’s concert was in aid of the choir’s chosen charities plus donations to Turning Tides (formally known as Worthing Churches Homeless Project), with Saturday’s concert being in aid of the choir music fund.

 

This was a great way to end a fun filled year of concerts! Happy Christmas everyone!

 

 

On the 1st day at Disney my true love gave to me - A Wish Upon A Star

On the 2nd day at Disney my true love gave to me - Two Evil Queens

On the 3rd day at Disney my true love gave to me - Three Tinker Bells

On the 4th day at Disney my true love gave to me - Four Cinderellas

On the 5th day at Disney my true love gave to me - Five Genie Lamps

On the 6th day at Disney my true love gave to me - Six Queen of Hearts

On the 7th day at Disney my true love gave to me - Seven Dwarfs all Sneezing

On the 8th day at Disney my true love gave to me - Eight Muppet Puppets

On the 9th day at Disney my true love gave to me - Nine Merrie Men

On the 10th day at Disney my true love gave to me - Ten Prince all Charming

On the 11th day at Disney my true love gave to me - Eleven Donald Ducks

On the 12th day at DIsney my true love gave to me - Twelve Mickey Mouse-sez

Fascinating Facts

Fact 1 - During our financial year to December 2018, the choir directly raised £2,749.00 for charities and good causes:-

 

  • Children on the Edge
  • Parkinson's
  • 4Sight Vision Support
  • Chichester Stroke Club
  • Children in Need
  • Royal British Legion
  • St James Church, Littlehampton
  • Littlehampton Food Bank
  • Littlehampton Musical Comedy Society
  • Mayor of Littlehampton's charities

  • The total raised over the last 21 years is £142,749!
  • The Accounts for 2019 will be presented at the AGM in April 2020

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. In October 2019, Patrons and their partners were invited to a film night to thank them for their patronage over the last year. They enjoyed pre-film drinks and canapes before joining in a sing-a-long to the Greatest Showman. Thanks to Chris and James for hosting the event.

 

Website created : August 2015

Last updated : 2nd April 2020

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MUSIC

"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."

CONTACT US TODAY!

Ticket Booking Line: 

+44 1243 582330 +44 1243 582330

 

Membership Booking line:

+44 1903 502262

 

Email : edwinjamesfestivalchoir@gmail.com

 

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