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 - Summer Prom

The Choir and 30 piece Orchestra proudly present their Summer Prom concert "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly"

The first half will be Wild West songs with the Choir performing in costume and the second half will be devoted to favourite flag waving traditional Prom pieces. See our promo video below.

Donation will be made to the Ferring Country Centre.

23rd July 2016: Doors open 6.45pm, performance commences 7.30pm. Tickets £8


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

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The Members Section has been completed! 

To obtain the password contact us to request it or see the notice board at rehearsals.

Review of our last concert

Huge congratulations go to Musical Director James Rushman, Chris Allen, the choir, the orchestra and soloists Lorna (Soprano), Derek (Baritone) and Katharine (Alto) on a 10/10 performance at the Good Friday concert. Everybody has worked extremely hard since the beginning of the year rehearsing Karl Jenkins’ Requiem and John Rutter’s Mass of the Children which is considered testing works in language and music ability.

As well as Latin, Requiem’s movements are interspersed with haiku poems (Japanese) which resulted in moving expressions of spirituality yet still offered a link appropriate to today’s modern world.

Mass of the Children was an ideal companion to perform alongside the Requiem with its setting in the Latin Missa Brevis. It covers a complete day from waking to sleeping together with other moods and texts appearing like landmarks in the day.

The end result was a blend of voices and instruments that was truly delicious and yet at the same time, the musical arrangement ensured a reflective Good Friday feeling.

The concert supported the charity Crossroads Care South Central in Climping and was performed in memory of our dear friends Joe Costa, David Fido and Basil Cooper.

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 organization 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 organization (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 organizing committee which represents the views of the choir as a whole, and who also helps to run social events for the choir.

Last updated : 17th July 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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