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 - Remembrance

The Choir and Orchestra presents an afternoon concert to celebrate and reflect on Remembrance Day performing Magnificat by John Rutter, Polovtsian Dances by Borodin plus other pieces.



This concert will promote




11th November 2017

Doors open 2:15pm

Performance commences 3.00pm.



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 promotes Chichester Stroke Club.

Littlehampton Bonfire Night - 28th October 2017

Littlehampton’s famous Bonfire Celebrations regularly attract large crowds to witness the spectacular torchlight processions,

mammoth bonfire and seafront firework display. As well as providing entertainment for residents and visitors, the event supports many local charities and good causes.


The choir will take part as one of the walking groups with a theme of "Halloween Wedding from Hell".


Littlehampton Town Show and Family Fun day - 9th September 2017

The choir ran a stall at the Show, which included excellent family entertainment, superb performances and other high quality stalls. The amount raised was £240. Many thanks to everyone helping on the stall and to the public who supported us.

Members' section

Members' section has been updated to include rehearsal aids for the Remembrance Concert.

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



Review of our last concert


The combined talents of Musical Director James Rushman and Production Director Chris Allen ensured the Choir, in their smart and colourful wedding outfits, presented an upbeat yet heart-warming first half of "Love and Marriage", followed by the uplifting music of pomp and circumstance that can only announce a lively, charismatic and traditional entertaining Last Night of the Proms.


Attended by William Blanchard-Cooper, Littlehampton Mayor, the concert was held at St James Church in Littlehampton. Magnificent festoons, drapes and wedding accessories as well as Union Jack bunting promoted the perfect atmosphere. From the outset the enthusiastic audience was swept along into a Scottish Wedding with choir members standing round the church singing the ‘Bridal Song’ and ‘I love a Lassie’ while the Bride entered with her ‘Father’ to be given away to her Groom, rings exchanged and the marriage sealed with a kiss.  The ‘Bridal Chorus’ announced the English Wedding Party and their marriage followed by the choir singing ‘The Wedding’ and ‘One Hand, One Heart’. A hilarious rendering of the poem ‘He Never Leaves the Seat Up’ was then given by Sandy Shiner and Chris Allen immediately prior to the Jewish wedding guest’s arrival.  The Groom was led to the canopy by the two Papas’, followed by the Rabbi, where they signed the Marriage Contract. The audience were asked to face the font as the Bride was led up the aisle by the two Mamas’ and the Rabbi conducted the ceremony under the traditional Chuppah.  Bride and Groom sipped wine after the Rabbi’s blessing in Hebrew followed by the Groom’s legal declaration in Hebrew and English. The glass was smashed by the Groom with the group exclaiming ‘Mazel tov’. A skin tingling version of ‘Sunrise, Sunset’ to rival that of any performance in the recent run of Fiddler on the Roof was performed by the choir and an increasingly lively version of ‘Hava Nagila’ completed the Jewish section as everyone danced their way back up the aisle. A short humorous interval ensued with two angry and tearful brides walking up the aisle to find they were both being left in the lurch by the same callous boyfriend who, with barely a prick of conscience, sang I can’t Marry You Today…..My Wife Won’t Let Me.’


The sounds of rhythmic drums heralded the entrance of fierce looking Native American Indian Chiefs accompanied by their squaws and the wedding couple. By then all choir members were on stage poised to sing ‘Come What May’, ‘Seasons of Love’, ‘Bella Notte’ and ‘The Last Night of the World’.  ‘Love Me When I’m Old and Shocking’ was expertly performed by Lorna Haynes who had the audience shaking with laughter.  All too soon, the first half of the concert drew to a close with ‘Louise’, ‘Gilly Gilly’, ‘Love and Marriage’ and a choir finale with members standing amongst the audience singing ‘Flash, Bang, Wallop’ and all jostling to be seen in the wedding photos.


The second half of the concert followed with all the traditional and much-loved ‘Last Night of the Proms’ formula with the Choir and audience singing ‘ Sussex by the Sea’, ‘Pomp and Circumstance- Land of Hope and Glory’, and  ‘I Vow to the My Country.’  The Choir, as last year, had elected to sing the pieces from Fantasia on British Sea Songs which were all enthusiastically enjoyed by a flag waving audience.  The evening concluded with ‘Jerusalem’ and the National Anthem. The concert was performed in aid of 4SIGHT, a Sussex-based organisation caring for the blind and partially sighted as well as carers and families. The Mayor thanked the choir for their continuing efforts to entertain the Littlehampton Community and took a photograph for posterity.

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, unite 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 helps 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 : 19th October 2017

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+44 1243 582330 +44 1243 582330


Tel: Julie for membership info

+44 1903 502262


Email : edwinjamesfestivalchoir@gmail.com


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