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 - Winter Wonderland "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree"

The concert will feature the musical "Rock Nativity" (music by Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent, book and lyrics by David Wood).


The greatest story ever told, from the Annunciation to the Flight to Egypt. A wealth of memorable Hatch/Trent songs highlight this timeless story, effectively re-told in contemporary style by David Wood.


Although we will be supporting the following charities from November 2016 to July 2017, this concert promotes ENABLE ME:-


Friday 16th December - Doors open 6:45pm, performance commences 7.30pm.


Saturday 17th December - Doors open 2:15pm, performance commences 3.00pm.


Tickets £8 adults, new price for children - only £3


Box office: Chris Allen 01243 582330 or Click here to purchase tickets


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

Latest News

Littlehampton Bonfire Night Celebrations    29th October 2016


The choir took part in the procession with collecting buckets, dressed as Cowboys and Indians with Bar Girls. We collected £803 and have been awarded 3rd place in the Collecting Challenge, winning The Henry Shine Memorial Cup plus £25 to our nominated charity (St Barnabas House). We had a brilliant time and would like to thank everyone who supported the event.

 Littlehampton Christmas Lights Switch On   25th November 2016


The choir sang Christmas songs and carols to entertain the late night shoppers.

Christmas Carols in Littehampton

10th December 2016

The choir will be singing Christmas Carols in the High Street, Littlehampton from 11am till Midday for the Littlehampton Carnival Association Christmas Fun Day and afterwards at Morrisons in Wick from 1pm till 2pm collecting for Chestnut Tree House Hospice.

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Review of our last concert


'A Poppy is to Remember’ was the apt title for what was a poignant Remembrance evening paying tribute to heroes from all conflicts who lost their lives while serving our country and also remembering our choir members and supporters wo have sadly died this year.


There were 56 choir members in attendance and 17 orchestra members playing violins, violas, cellos, double basses, trumpet and piano to create a wonderful sound under the baton of Mr James Rushman.


In the first half of the evening, they performed ‘Requiem’ by Gabriel Faure, which was composed in D Minor, Op.48 between 1887 and 1890.  It is a choral-orchestral setting of the shortened Catholic ‘Mass for the Dead' performed in Latin except for the Kyrie in Koine Greek.  It is the best known of Faure’s larger works and focuses on eternal rest and consolation. This was followed by The Last Post, 2 minutes silence and Reveille. The choir then sang ‘Requiem for a Soldier’ by Michael Kamen which is from the TV show Band of Brothers.


After the interval, the choir was asked by several members of the audience to sing an encore of “Requiem for a Soldier” to which they gave generously to the charity being supported, CancerWise, who are based in Chichester and aim to be an enabling and compassionate community for those with cancer and their carer’s. A donation from the concert will also be made to them and the total amount raised will be announced in due course.


The second part of the concert continued with ‘Every Purpose under the Heaven’ by Howard Goodall.  This is The King James Bible Oratorio and reflects the themes of both Old and New Testaments. When composing the work, Goodall selected what he believed were the ten most memorable and powerful passages and created ten movements from these, working chronologically through from Genesis to Revelation.


Musical Director James Rushman commented ’As always, the choir and orchestra members performing this concert have given a hundred and ten percent in rehearsals over the past two months.  The Faure work is particularly challenging since it is sung in Latin except for the Kyrie which is Koine Greek.  Some of our newer members have not previously participated in choral works so they have had to put in additional ‘homework’ this time”.


The homework paid off as the choir sang exceptionally well with beautiful four part harmonies and the orchestra played with sensitivity and passion. A special mention must be made to the two incredible soloists who performed brilliantly throughout the evening, David Bathurst (tenor) and Lorna Moore (soprano). Remembrance Day has truly been honoured.

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.

Fact 3 - For 2016, we are proud to have 91 Patrons, 2 Life Members and 1 Honorary Life Patron.

Last updated : 26th November 2016

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+44 1243 582330 +44 1243 582330


Tel: Julie for membership info

+44 1903 502262


Email : edwinjamesfestivalchoir@gmail.com


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