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 - Prom "Love&Marriage"

The Choir will be celebrating four different weddings (Scottish, English, Jewish and Native American) in the first half of their Love & Marriage Prom concert, with the second half being traditional Prom music.


We are supporting the following charities from August 2017 to July 2018 but this concert will promote 4SIGHT:-



Stroke Association

Children on the Edge 

Parkinson's UK


2nd September 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

Main charities - Year to July 2018

We are supporting the following charities for the year to July 2018.



Stroke Association

Children on the Edge




 Our next concert promotes 4SIGHT

Annual Dinner and Awards - 28th July 2017

The choir celebrated at the Vardar Restaurant, Littlehampton for their 19th Annual Dinner.

Our award winners were David Bathurst (Best Newcomer), Sandy Shiner (Best Support outside of the Committee) and Noel Capelin (Annual Achievement). Cheques for £400 each were presented to our chosen charities for 2016/17 Cancerwise, Enable Me Project, Mission to Seafarers and MacMillan Nurses.

For a full write up and more photos, please see the Social Events page

Rustington Street Fayre - 17th June 2017

The choir took part in the RUSTINGTON STREET FAYRE organised by Littlehampton District Lions Club together with Rustington Chamber of Trade and Commerce. They sang a selection of Abba, Beatles and Carpenters songs from their upcoming concert on July 8th. They also ran a stall and enjoyed other entertainment and an Arts and Craft Event in the church. This event was in support of the Sussex Snowdrop Trust. More photos can be found in the Photo Gallery, in our Members' Section and on our Facebook page.

Members' section

Members' section has been completed!

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



Review of our last concert



The familiar and well-loved songs of ABBA, The Beatles and Carpenters filled the Church of St. James in Littlehampton on Saturday 8th July when the Choir presented their ABC concert. The Church was full to capacity and an eager and enthusiastic audience gave us a huge welcome.


Choir members sported a colourful range of outfits from the 1960s and 1970s and sung harmonious selections from the works of ABBA, The Beatles and Carpenters with great skill and beaming faces. Mention must be made of David Bathurst’s solo recitation of A Hard Day’s Night – a really dramatic and extremely clever performance.


The audience were invited to join in with the songs Knowing Me, Knowing You, There’s a Kind of Hush and Can’t Smile Without You, but they joined in with all the songs, and waving neon light wands gave the darkened church a truly magical atmosphere.


‘Thank You for the Music’ James Rushman, the Musical Director, who worked tirelessly both playing and conducting the sixty choir members. This concert was over far too soon, and there were calls for another evening of musical nostalgia in the near future.


The Mayor of Littlehampton, William Blanchard-Cooper, praised the Choir for all the entertainment they provide in Littlehampton and district, and for all the money they have raised for charities over the years.


This concert supported Macmillan Nurses. 

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 : 21st August 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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