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 - Winter Wonderland

The choir present their fun Christmas concert "Glitz and Glamour" including the appearance of our mascot Hampton the Hedgehog.


Read our press release here



Tickets £10 adults / £4 children.



14th December 2018 

Doors open 6:45pm

Performance commences 7:30pm

(concert in aid of choir funds)


15th December 2018

Doors open 2:15pm

Performance commences 3:00pm 

(concert in aid of our 3 chosen charities:




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



We wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a healthy 2019.


Thank you for your support in 2018 and we look forward to seeing you in 2019.


Latest News

Carol singing 22nd December 2018 


The choir will be bringing some festive joy on Saturday 22nd December when they sing carols to the shoppers at Morrisons store, 2 Lyminster Road, Wick, Littlehampton BN17 7LA.


Come and watch or join in at 11am to Midday and 1pm to 2pm.




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 - every Friday 10:30am to 12 midday serving delicious cakes! 



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



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


Review of our last concert-REMEMBRANCE 

The choir and orchestra paid their respects to the fallen in ‘A Time for Remembrance’ concert’ marking the hundred years since Armistice and remembering all those who have lost their lives in conflict whilst serving our country in World War One and in every conflict since. They also remembered their dear friend and patron Fr. Bert Cooper.


There were 47 choir members in attendance and 30 orchestra members playing violins, violas, cellos, double basses, flutes, clarinets, oboe, bassoons, trumpets, trombones, french horns and percussion with James occasionally accompanying the choir on piano.


The concert was attended by the Mayor of Littlehampton, Billy Blanchard-Cooper, Councillor Dr James Walsh and two special guests representing Andreas Augustin, the Mayor of Durmersheim, Germany which is twinned with Littlehampton.


The church was decorated by Constructive Heritage with their collection of World War One artefacts, flags, model of a destroyed village, a cross section of the trenches showing tunnels, a First Aid reconstruction and mannequins, depicting actual people from World War One.  There was also a detailed display from The Suffragettes at Littlehampton group.


The programme began with the presentation of the Standards of The Royal British Legion; The Sussex Army Cadets Force and The Littlehampton Armed Forces and Veterans Club whilst the orchestra played RAF March Past and the choir took their places.


The first half opened with Here We Are Again, followed by Oh! How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning and Oh! It’s a lovely War before Pam Johnson read the poem The Soldier’s Kiss. The concert continued with They Gave Him A Gun To Play With, Serenade to Music (orchestra) and a beautiful rendition of The Flower Duet sung by Lorna Haynes (Soprano) and Katharine Horwood (Alto). Continuing with Pack Up Your Troubles, I’ll Make A Man Of You, Bless ‘em All, the first half closed with the choir and orchestra’s poignant performance of Soldier lad/Keep The Home Fires Burning by Ivor Novello.


The second half began with a medley of Music from the Trenches, followed by a poem, The Soldier, read by Barbara Dunham. The orchestra played Mars, The Bringer of War from The Planets by Holst after which the men’s choir sang a rousing Soldiers Chorus from Faust and then the orchestra played 49th Parallel by Vaughan Williams.


All stood in respect for the Last Post, The Exhortation, 2 minutes silence and Reveille before the choir continued with God Shall Wipe Away All Tears by Karl Jenkins from The Armed Man. The concert concluded with Requiem For A Soldier, Sussex By The Sea, Salute The Soldier (orchestra) and everyone sang Good-Bye-ee with a final cheery wave!


It must be said that the choir sang exceptionally well in unison and in four part harmonies and the orchestra played with sensitivity and passion to respect and remember this special time.


Donations will be made to Chestnut Tree House, St Barnabas House, St Wilfred’s Hospice and The Royal British Legion.

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. 

Website created : August 2015

Last updated : 11th December 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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