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 - Christmas Winter Wonderland

The Choir presents their 20th Annual Christmas Winter Wonderland Concert.


This years theme is Black & White based around the Ascot scene from the musical "My Fair Lady". The music will range from Carols to songs from the Musicals, Christmas songs, poem/readings and fun Christmas surprises. Christmas could not be complete without the arrival of Santa Claus, helped by our mascot, Hampton the Hedgehog.



15th December 2017

Doors open 6:45pm

Performance commences 7.30pm

(this concert will support Choir funds).



16th December 2017

Doors open 2:15pm

Performance commences 3.00pm

(promoting Children on the Edge).


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


Tickets £8 adults, £4 children


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


Latest News


The Choir decided to support our soldiers by sending festive cheer to members of the British Armed Forces on active service overseas this Christmas.


We were given a list of suggested food items and donations have flooded in, boosted by cash raised from DVD sales of the Remembrance concert on sale to choir members as a memento of the concert. Donations received so far have been handed in.


Thank you to everyone for supporting this cause.


More details can be found on our Social Events page

Concert for St Cecilia - 18th November 2017

St Mary's Church Choir were joined by members of The Edwin James Festival Choir to perform an afternoon concert for St Cecilia at St Mary the Virgin Church, Felpham to raise funds for the church via a retiring collection.


The concert included music to bring joy to the heart and soul with the first half beautifully sung by St Mary's Church choir, singing Blessed Assurance, May It Be, The Music's Always There With You, The Ship That Sails, Address To The Moon, The Lord's Prayer, With A Voice Of Singing, interspersed with poems eloquently read. The Edwin James Festival Choir joined them for the second half to sing The Lord Is My Shepherd and Magnificat by John Rutter, with soloist Pat Franklin sounding superb. The 22 strong 4 part choir blended magnificently in a church with fabulous acoustics, under the expert baton of Mr James Rushman.


Well done everyone and many thanks to the appreciative audience for attending.

Littlehampton Bonfire Night - 28th October 2017

Littlehampton’s famous Bonfire Celebrations attracted a large crowd to witness the spectacular torchlight processions,

mammoth bonfire and seafront firework display. 


10 members of the choir took part as one of the walking groups with a theme of "Halloween Wedding from Hell". Last year, they collected £800 and came 3rd in the Collecting Challenge.  This year, they smashed it, collecting a staggering £1,552 coming 2nd to win £50 for our chosen charity, CancerWise, as well as the Laura May's Collecting Challenge Cup. Well done everyone!


Main charities - Year to July 2018

We are supporting the following charities for the year to July 2018.



Chichester Stroke Club

Children on the Edge



Our next concert promotes

Children on the Edge.

Members' section

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



Review of our last concert



Since its formation some nineteen years ago, the Edwin James Festival Choir and Orchestra has performed a poignant annual Remembrance Concert in commemoration of those who have lost their lives in the service of their country, not only WW1 and WW2 but also more recent conflicts.


This year was no exception when ‘A Poppy is to Remember ‘took place in St James Church, Littlehampton.  The 52 strong choir and 33 members of the orchestra under the baton of Mr James Rushman performed the 7 movements of the biblical canticle ‘Magnificat’ by John Rutter, featuring Soprano soloist Lorna Moore, accompanied by Tenor David Bathurst.  The programme also included ‘Polovetsian Dances’ from Act 2 of Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin and a beautiful and moving lyrical setting of Psalm 23, ‘The Lord is My Shepherd’ written by Will Todd.


The spotlight fell on the orchestra in several further works. They performed ‘La Mamma Morta’ from the Opera Andrea Chenier by Umberto Giordano and again featuring Soloist Lorna Moore, two movements from ‘The Three Elizabeth’s’ being 'Youth of Britain' inspired by the then eighteen-year-old Princess Elizabet and ‘Springtime in Angus’ (Elizabeth of Glamis), overture from the Operetta ‘Light Cavalry’  and The Banks of Green Willow by George Butterworth.  The Last Post-The Exhortation heralded a two minute silence followed by the Reveille.


Donations from the concert will be given to the Chichester Stroke Club, a unique facility providing aftercare and encouragement to stroke survivors on leaving  hospital, respite for carers and partners, and enabling members to meet like-minded people in a relaxing environment.


The concert was attended by local Councillor and Mayor, William Blanchard-Cooper and his Consort and enjoyed by an appreciative audience. The choir sang exceptionally well with beautiful four part harmonies and the orchestra played with sensitivity and passion. Remembrance Day has truly been honoured

Fascinating Facts

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

  • 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                                     

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, 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 2017, we are proud to have 78 Patrons, 2 Life Members and 1 Honorary Life Patron.

Last updated : 14th December 2017

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We would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and all good wishes for the New Year


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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