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 - REMEMBRANCE

The choir and orchestra will be joined by the Loughborough Male Voice choir



There will be an opportunity to light a candle in memory of a loved one no longer with us and to remember those who have lost their lives while serving our Country.



Free admission with retiring collection for the charity Sussex Snowdrop Trust.


To read our press release click here


28th September 2019

Doors open 6:45pm

Performance commences 7:30pm



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


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The choir set up a stall at the Show, displaying choir information and details of our next performance plus great bargains to purchase.


The day also included excellent family entertainment, superb performances on the stage, other high quality stalls and the annual produce and craft competitions.


Many thanks to everyone helping on the stall and to the public who continue to support us. All monies raised  will go towards the purchase of music. 








Our friends, The Loughborough Male Voice Choir, will perform their concert at St Mary's Church, Grassmere Close, Felpham PO22 7NU on 27th September at 7:30pm.




Admission is free with a retiring collection for church funds.





Visit their website for more information about the choir











Come and join us for a great evening as we "Play Shuffleboard" !


Tables of 6 / teams of 3


This is a joint fundraiser with Littlehampton Twinning and the choir.




Date: 12th October 2019 at 7pm


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


Tickets: £8 to include Ploughman's Supper. Dietary needs catered for.

Bring your own drinks.


Contact: 01243 582330










The choir is holding a massive sale of their Theatrical Props and Costumes.




Date: 9th November 2019 from 10am to 2pm




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




Contact:Chris Allen 01243 582330












The choir is holding a massive sale of Preloved items including bric-a-brac, clothing, CDs and DVDs, books, theatrical costumes, kitchenware etc.


Plenty of bargains to be had!




Date: 23rd November 2019 from 12 midday to 3pm



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



Contact:Chris Allen 01243 582330









We are supporting the following charities:-



For the year to July 2020:-

Turning Tides (Worthing Churches Homeless Project)

CALM, Campaign Against Living Miserably

Sussex Snowdrop Trust






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 from 10:30am to 12 midday serving delicious treats! 


Click Here to view full details.


Members' section



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


Review of our last concert - SUMMER PROM

The Choir and Orchestra blended perfectly as they presented their annual Summer Prom concert, featuring “Magical Movie Musicals” to a large audience who clapped, cheered, wave their flags, blew whistles and sounded hooters while having a thoroughly good time.  


The annual Prom concert is one of the highlights of the year with the first half including Movie Musicals from such magical shows and films as The Greatest Showman, Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Wicked, A Star is Born and Moulin Rouge as well as numbers from Rodgers and Hammerstein and music from MGM. Soloist for this concert was soprano Pat Franklin who featured in the opening number (As The Parade Passes By) while the Orchestra had their own starring role in Unchained Melody.


The second half of the concert was in the style of a traditional promenade evening when seasoned promenaders joined in with the choir and orchestra in the time-honoured favourites of Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem, Sussex by the Sea with Fantasia on British Sea Songs sung by the choir as well as being played by the orchestra, with Pat Franklin taking the solo in Rule Britannia looking resplendent with red, white and blue feathers,


The concert was in support of our chosen charities St. Wilfrid’s Hospice, St. Barnabas House and Chestnut Tree House.


There was a further opportunity to see the concert when the choir joined forces with St Mary’s choir at St Mary's Church, Felpham on 5th July with free entry and a retiring collection for the choir’s three charities St Barnabas House, St Wilfred’s Hospice and Chestnut Tree House. 


The third and final performance was held at Midhurst Memorial Hall in aid of 4Sight Vision Support.


Fascinating Facts

Fact 1 - During our financial year to December 2018, the choir directly raised £2,749.00 for charities and good causes:-


  • Children on the Edge
  • Parkinson's
  • 4Sight Vision Support
  • Chichester Stroke Club
  • Children in Need
  • Royal British Legion
  • St James Church, Littlehampton
  • Littlehampton Food Bank
  • Littlehampton Musical Comedy Society
  • Mayor of Littlehampton's charities

  • The total raised over the last 21 years is £142,749!
  • The Accounts for 2019 will be presented at the AGM in April 2020

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 : 15th September 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


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