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 - Music for Good Friday

The concert will be performed by the choir and orchestra and will feature Mozart's Requiem.


We are supporting the following charities for the year to July 2017 but this concert will promote MISSION TO SEAFARERS:-



14th April 2017 Doors open 6:45pm, performance commences 7.30pm.


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


Tickets £8 adults


Box office: Chris Allen 01243 582330 or Click here to purchase tickets

Latest News

Orchestral concert "Music of Stage and Screen"

The Edwin James Festival Orchestra performed a special concert at St Mary's Church Hall, Felpham to raise funds for the Christmas Day Lunch Project for the Homeless and those alone on 25th December 2017. The concert raised £1,255!

Main charities - Year to July 2017

We are supporting the following charities for the year to July 2017.


Mission to Seafarers
Enable Me
MacMillan Nurses


 Our next concert promotes


Hampton the Hedgehog and the Pancake Olympics

Hampton the Hedgehog says well done to the Choir for coming 2nd overall in the Pancake Olympics, winning £50 for our Charity St Barnabas House.

9th April 2017 Concert "The Peacemakers" by Karl Jenkins


This concert will be performed by St Mary's Church Choir and members of The Edwin James Fesival Choir on Palm Sunday. 


Venue: St Mary's Church, Felpham


The concert starts at 5pm, 

Members' section

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Review of our last concert


St James the Great Church in East Ham Road, Littlehampton was the venue for the concert as the choir performed "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree" featuring the musical "Rock Nativity" in the first half.


Rock Nativity recreates the greatest story ever told from the Annunciation to the flight to Egypt with an overall contemporary pop rock feel and a wealth of memorable songs. The main characters were in full costume, with some of the choir in green waistcoats. The show started in candlelight to Away In A Manger with the rock beat soon kicking in as the story progressed. A special mention to Mary (Natalie Anderson) and Joseph (Andy Bonsall) whose solos were beautiful, heartwarming and emotional in all the right places, and who were well supported by an excellent cast of Wise Men, Shepherds, Sheep, Soldier, Caesar Augustus, Inn Keeper and his wife, Angel Gabriel and Evangelist.


With a change of mood and costume for the second half, the choir appeared in Christmas jumpers and Santa outfits and sang well known traditional songs that had the audience joining in, including the now legendary 12 Days of Christmas, written with new words, that had the audience bobbing up and down as they sang their alloted line. A lovely rendition of "Santa Baby" was sung by Pat Franklin, surrounded by seven admiring Santas.


Performed over two days, the audience were treated to a fun filled time. There was a surprise appearance of Santa who delighted the children with gifts, followed by an appearance of the choir's new mascot, Hampton the Hedgehog, who had a fun time dancing with the Mayor of Littlehampton on the Friday night.


The Saturday matinee promoted the charity Enable Me, based in Littlehampton, who raise awareness of children with special needs to able bodied children in schools.

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 90 Patrons, 2 Life Members and 1 Honorary Life Patron.

Last updated : 1st March 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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