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 - Good Friday

The Edwin James Festival Choir and Orchestra will perform The Armed Man (A Mass for Peace) by Karl Jenkins on Good Friday 30th March 2018. 


The concert will support the charity Parkinson's UK. 


Doors open 6.45pm, performance commences 7.30pm


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

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 (Easter 2018) promotes


Members' section

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Review of our last concert                      "New Year Orchestral Concert - Earth Wind and Fire"

A wonderful afternoon with lively music expertly played by the 31 piece orchestra & conducted by Musical Director James Rushman to celebrate the New Year.


With an Earth, Wind and Fire theme, the audience were treated to music by Strauss (Voices of Spring, Radetzky March, Roses from the South, Thunder and Lightning Polka, Champagne Polka, The Blue Danube), Holst (Mars from the Planets), Prokofiev (Troika), Falla (Ritual Fire Dance), Stein (Tara’s Theme), MacCunn (Land of Mountain, Sea and Flood), Steiner (Theme from A Summer Place), Kosma (Autumn Leaves) and Addison (Reach for the Sky), interspersed with narration, a poem read beautifully by Chris Allen and of course, audience participation!


Attended by the Mayor of Littlehampton and his Consort, this concert supported his charities (Littlehampton Heritage Railway Association and The Friends of Mewsbrook Park).

The orchestra's next performance will be on 30th March when they will be joined by the choir for a Good Friday performance of The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins.

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 : 9th March 2018

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"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."


Tel: Chris for tickets

+44 1243 582330 +44 1243 582330


Tel: Julie for membership info

+44 1903 502262


Email : edwinjamesfestivalchoir@gmail.com


Or use our contact form.


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