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 - Sussex Summer Nights

The choir will be celebrating Sussex Day by featuring music of the 70's in this fun concert.  Click here for Press Release


We will be supporting all 4 of our chosen charities this year:-



Chichester Stroke Club

Children on the Edge

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



Concert will be performed again at 7:30pm on 20th July 2018 at Cottage Gardeners, Yapton.


Latest News

Celebrating Sussex Day


The choir will be singing at the Arun District Council event being held in Littlehampton High Street by the Dolphin pub on Saturday 16th June 2018 from 10am. 


The event will be opened by Arun District Council Chairman, Cllr Alan Gammon and will include the Town Crier, Sussex Pond Singers and Clog Dancers and much more.


Come along and celebrate music, poetry,food and drink from Sussex!







Hampton, our Mascot


Hampton, our Mascot will be appearing at the "Mayor's Party in the Park" on 15th July 2018. 


The event is on from 10am to 4pm at Mewsbrook Park, Hendon Avenue, Rustington BN16 2LX raising fund for the Littlehampton Mayor's charity for the year, Arun Youth Projects.


If you can't wait till then to meet our 8ft Hedgehog, he will also be appearing at the Big Tea Party at St Barnabas shop in Wick on 5th July at 3pm.



Summer Fayre 2nd June 2018


Thank you so much to everyone who helped man a stall, helped set up, those who looked after refreshments, those who donated (and there were many of you), Chris, James and the Committee for organising it all and to our lovely public for coming along and supporting us - we had over 200 through the gate.


We made a fabulous £1,111 on the day which will go a long way to purchase music for future concerts. This in turn raises money for our chosen charities.


Update: we have since received more funds as a result of the Fayre and the new total is £1,300! Thank you everyone.



Waitrose Community Matters


Wonderful News!


Every month, the Rustington branch of Waitrose donates £1000 to be shared by three local causes and we have been chosen to be one of the recipients for the coming month.


Each time you shop, Waitrose will give you the little green discs which you pop into the large container of your chosen charity (!) at the exit, one at the front and one at the back of the shop. The more discs in our container, the more we will receive.



The caption on the container says “With over 70 members this community choir and orchestra has raised money for good causes over the past 20 years. Cost in holding a concert and the hire or purchase of the music scores alone can be significant. Most of their concerts are held at St James Church in Littlehampton.”


Please consider us when shopping at Waitrose, Broadmark Ln, Rustington, Littlehampton BN16 2NE!


Thank you.


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 (June 2018) promotes all four charities.

Members' section

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



Annual General Meeting


The minutes to the AGM held on 11th April 2018 are available to view in the Members' Section.

Review of our last concert - Good Friday

The choir and orchestra supported the charity Parkinson’s UK in this exceptionally moving concert to observe Good Friday.


Conducted by Musical Director James Rushman with a 34 piece orchestra and 57 singers, the concert included The Armed Man as the main work being performed. Soloist for the evening was local Soprano Lorna Moore who sang Oh Divine Redeemer in the first half, accompanied by the orchestra. The concert began with an orchestra piece, Prelude to the Dream of Gerontius by Edward Elgar, followed by the choir and orchestra’s performance of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love (Jenkins) and The Prayer: Laudamus Te, taken from Karl Jenkins vibrant “Gloria”.


The second half performance was The Armed Man which was written for the victims of the Kosovo crisis in 1999. The feelings of horror and of wanting peace all feature in this gripping composition of music which was expertly sung and played, capturing an eclectic mix of emotions. Lorna Moore excelled in voice and expression and the orchestra was outstanding, made special with solo parts from the percussion, flute, cello and trumpets.


The choir and orchestra’s hard work was rewarded with a well-deserved Standing Ovation from the sell-out audience, which included the Mayor of Littlehampton and his Consort. Many congratulations to everyone involved in this wonderful concert.


Update: The bucket collection raised £173.86 - thank you to everyone. There will also be a donation from the choir which will be presented at our annual dinner in August.

Fascinating Facts

Fact 1 - During our financial year to December 2017, the choir directly raised £4,243.61 for charities and good causes:-

  • St James Church, Littlehampton
  • MacMillan Nurses
  • Enable Me
  • Cancerwise
  • Mission to Seafarers
  • St Barnabus Hospice
  • Alzheimers
  • Sussex Hospice
  • Littlehampton Musical Comedy Society
  • United Church, Littlehampton
  • Royal British Legion
  • Rustington Lions

The total raised over the last 20 years is £140,000!

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 2018, we are proud to have 93 Patrons, 3 Life Members and 1 Honorary Life Patron. 

Last updated :  15th June 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."


Ticket Booking Line: 

+44 1243 582330 +44 1243 582330


Membership Booking line:

+44 1903 502262


Email : edwinjamesfestivalchoir@gmail.com


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