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 

Coronavirus update - 27.07.2020


Hello Choir members, Orchestra Members and Patrons.
We haven't forgotten you all but wanted to let you know that we will not be producing a Newsletter for September.
If lockdown eases and enables us to get together, we will be in touch.
Keep well and watch this space.



We were due to run a stall at the Littlehampton Market on 7th August 2020, but this has been changed to 30th October 10am to 3.30pm.


We are expecting it to be held at St Martins car park but more information will follow as we receive it.


We are very much looking forward to seeing everyone again.

Members' section



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 .




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



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 2020, as soon as it is allowed.

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 2020, we are proud to have 61 Patrons, 3 Life Members and 3 Honorary Life Patron. Thank you for supporting us!


Website created : August 2015

Last updated : 10th August 2020

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Heals the heart and makes it whole,

Flows from Heaven to the soul."


Ticket Booking Line: 

+44 1243 582330 +44 1243 582330


Membership Booking line:

+44 1903 502262


Email : edwinjamesfestivalchoir@gmail.com


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