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

The first half will be with a Western theme with the Choir performing in costume (Cowboys and girls, Indians and Settlers).

The second half will be devoted to traditional Prom pieces such as Jerusalem, Sussex by the Sea and Land of Hope and Glory.

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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Saturday 18 June 2016 - 09:30 to 11:30

Rustington Street Fayre (The Street, Churchill Parade, Rustington)

 

The Choir will perform at the Rustington Street fayre. There will also be stalls, street entertainers, food and bands. A children’s fair will be there and a stage set up on the Methodist Church lawn for local groups, musicians and entertainers to play to the public. Churchill Court will also be in use for smaller acts. Churchill Parade will be closed for the morning. email rustingtonstreetfayre@gmail.com for further information regarding the Fayre.Event organiser: Rustington Parish Council

 

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 : 15th May 2016

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CONTACT US TODAY!

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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