Welcome to the Edwin James Festival Choir and Orchestra official website.

Our 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 - Faure's Requiem

The choir and orchestra invite you to a "Come & Sing" concert on Good Friday 19th April of Faure's Requiem, conducted by James Rushman.


There will be a rehearsal in the morning (10:30am - 12:30pm) and a further  rehearsal with our orchestra in the afternoon (3:30pm - 5:30pm) before performing the work in the evening (7:30pm). 


Anyone wishing to join us for that day and take part in the concert are welcome to do so. The cost will be £10 per person, inclusive of lunch. click here to register


Admission to the concert will be free but retiring donations can be made to the three charities we are supporting - St Wilfrid's, St Barnabas and Chestnut Tree House Hospices.


Read our press release here



Contact Chris Allen 01243 582330. Free entry - retiring collection.


19th April 2019. Doors open 6:45pm  performance commences 7:30pm


Venue: St James Church, East Ham Road, Littlehampton BN17 7AN




Latest News - to come




Under the direction of Chris Allen and James Rushman, the choir have turned their attention to promoting and supporting St. James Church and Hall in East Ham Road, Littlehampton as a Community Hub following the closure of the church with no further services being held. Enquiries and bookings can be made via 01243 582330.


Events timetable: 

COFFEE AND CHATTER MORNINGS - Recommence on Friday 26th April, 10:30am to 12 midday serving delicious treats! 


Click Here to view full details.


Main charities - Year to July 2019


We are supporting the following charities for the year to July 2019:-



St Wilfrid's Hospice

St Barnabas Hospice

Chestnut Tree House Hospice


Members' section



Rehearsal aid for "Faure's Requiem can be found in the members' section.


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


Review of our last concert -                   THEIR SCARVES WERE RED











LEAD CHARACTERS DAN AND CHLOE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE MATCH. They are waiting for Barry, who has lost his bag - again! Dan's ex-girlfriend Debbie is unimpressed because Dan loves football more than her.




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!
  • The Accounts for 2018 will be presented at the AGM in April 2019

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 2019, we are proud to have 92 Patrons, 3 Life Members and 1 Honorary Life Patron. 

Website created : August 2015

Last updated : 16th April 2019

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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


Or use our contact form.


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