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-One Sun One World

The Choir will be performing the musical, One Sun One World, which was commissioned by WWF-UK to mark its 50th anniversary in 2011/2012. It is the 5th environmental musical to be written by Peter Rose and Anne Conlon and celebrates our astonishing planet in all its rich diversity but also examines changes brought about by human activities in a modern world.


There are no admission charges for this performance but there will be a retiring collection in aid of St Barnabus Hospice, organised in memory of our dear friend and choir member Joe Costa.


27th August 2016: Doors open 3:15pm, performance commences 4:00pm.


NEW VENUE: Parkside Evangelical Church, 1 St Floras Road, Littlehampton BN17 6BD

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Littlehampton Town Show & Family Fun Day at Rosemead Park.                     10th September 2016 - 12 midday until 5pm

The choir will have a stall displaying choir information and details of our next show plus many items to purchase. We will also be performing in the main arena from 3:00 to 3:30pm. Any funds raised from this event will go towards purchasing music.


The Members' Section has been completed!

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


Every Purpose Under The Heaven

To view the score online, please go to the Members' Section and see the link under Rehearsal Aids.

Review of our last concert

St. James Church, Littlehampton was the setting for a Prom Concert entitled “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” performed by the 54 singers of the Edwin James Festival Choir accompanied by their 26 piece orchestra.

A tableau of totem poles, and tee-pees greeted the capacity audience as the first half of the concert got under way featuring well-loved songs with a Cowboy and Indian theme.  Songs from Calamity Jane, Paint Your Wagon, Annie Get Your Gun, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid proved to be great favourites, together with a truly outstanding solo performance by Lorna Haynes of The Indian Love Call from Rose Marie. The audience were encouraged to join in with Home on the Range, High Noon and Deep in the Heart of Texas, and sung with great gusto.  The orchestra's renditions of the theme from The Big Country and The Magnificent Seven were very uplifting, and the whole performance was enhanced by the colourful costumes of Squaws, Indian Chiefs, Ranchers and Saloon Girls.

After a quick change of costume, the second half of the concert had the audience on their feet, waving flags and joining in with Sussex by the Sea, Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia, and Jerusalem.  The choir and orchestra joined forces to sing and play the Fantasia on British Sea Songs in a truly harmonious manner, under the baton of Musical Director and Conductor James Rushman, who worked tirelessly throughout the whole concert.

This concert certainly proved that Littlehampton is full of very talented singers and musicians who joined forces to provide a thoroughly entertaining evening, with the proceeds going to the Ferring Country Centre.

Click here to view pictures from the rehearsal and performance!

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.

Last updated : 21st August 2016

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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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