One of the many benefits of joining a choir are the social events and the Edwin James Festival Choir are excellent ambassadors in organising an eclectic mix!
We pride ourselves in not only taking care of our members, but make sure they have a good time on and off the performance stage as can be seen below in our Social Events report.
SHUFFLEBOARD - October 2018
Thanks to all who attended and everyone who helped organise the event.
LITTLEHAMPTON TOWN SHOW AND FAMILY FUN DAY - September 2018
The choir once again 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. We raised £111.16 which will go towards the purchase of music.
TRIP TO BRUGES - July 2018
Members of the choir and patrons took a lovely 4 day trip across the pond to Bruges, stopping at Veurne and Ypres.
Click here to view a selection of photos
PATRONS EVENT - July 2018
The annual event thanks all patrons for their love and support of the choir over the year.
We would like to thank Chris and James for organising the event and supplying the delicious tea and to Norman, Doreen and their family for their hospitality.
WAITROSE COMMUNITY MATTERS - June 2018
The choir and orchestra were recently selected by the Rustington branch of Waitrose as one of three charities to benefit from a share of £1000 which is donated to charity every month.
We are please to announce that we have been granted £280!
Many thanks to Stuart Capelin and everyone who shopped at Waitrose to supported us by popping their green discs into our container.
SUSSEX DAY CELEBRATIONS - June 2018
The event was opened by Arun District Council Chairman, Cllr Alan Gammon, who has been instrumental in promoting Sussex Day.
The event included the Town Crier, Sussex Pond Singers and Clog Dancers, Poetry plus food and drink from Sussex!
SUMMER FAYRE - June 2018
Thank you everyone.
MAYOR OF LITTLEHAMPTON'S CHARITY GALA PERFORMANCE "Curtain Up!" - March 2018
A selection of choir members performed a medley of Musical Theatre songs as part of the Mayors's Charity Gala Performance "Curtain Up!"
They sang songs from Follies, My Fair Lady, Grease, Half a Sixpence and La Cage Aux Folles, all in elegant costume. Their performance included a hilarious appearance of a pantomime horse during "The Ascot Gavotte".
The show raised funds for the Mayor's charities The Friends of Mewsbrook Park' and The Littlehampton Heritage Railway.
A great time was had by all!
RACE NIGHT - January 2018
A Race Night was held at the Sea Scout hall in conjunction with Littlehampton Twinning to raise funds for both groups. Competitors had to take their hobby horse down a track based on the role of a dice. The evening included refreshments of beer and wine given as a gift from our twin towns. A fun time was had by all!
ST JAMES CHURCH, FINAL MASS - January 2018
It was with sadness that our lovely church held its final Mass with The Bishop of Chichester. The church has now become a Chapel of Ease and will not be used for Worship, but both the church and the hall will be available to us and for other community activities.
SPECIAL CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT- December 2017
The choir performed a special concert for one of our dear Patrons, June, at her home.
SUPPORT OUR SOLDIERS - December 2017
The choir decided to support our soldiers by sending festive cheer to members of the British Armed Forces on active service overseas this Christmas.
We were given a list of suggested food items and donations flooded in, boosted by cash raised from DVD sales of the Remembrance concert on sale to choir members as a memento of the concert.
Photo's below of those donations which have now been handed in but any further donations received will be taken for January's parcels.
Other photo's were taken at their Collection Event at Morrisons, with the Soldiers helping out, our local co-ordinator Penny and our very own Chris.
Thank you to everyone for supporting this cause.
CONCERT FOR ST CECILIA- November 2017
The St Mary's Church Choir were joined by members of The Edwin James Festival Choir to perform an afternoon concert for St Cecilia.
The concert included music to bring joy to the heart and soul with the first half beautifully sung by St Mary's Church choir, singing Blessed Assurance, May It Be, The Music's Always There With You, The Ship That Sails, Address To The Moon, The Lord's Prayer, With A Voice Of Singing, interspersed with poems eloquently read. The Edwin James Festival Choir joined them for the second half to sing The Lord Is My Shepherd and Magnificat by John Rutter, with soloist Pat Franklin sounding superb. The 22 strong 4 part choir blended magnificently in a church with fabulous acoustics, under the expert baton of Mr James Rushman.
Well done everyone and many thanks to the appreciative audience for attending.
LITTLEHAMPTON BONFIRE CELEBRATIONS - October 2017
Littlehampton's famous Bonfire Celebrations attracted a large crowd to witness the spectacular torchlight procession, mamouth bonfire and seafront firework display.
10 members of the choir took part as one of the walking groups with a theme of "Halloween Wedding from Hell". Last year, they collected £800 and came 3rd in the Collecting Challenge.
This year, they smashed it, collecting a staggering £1,552 coming 2nd to win £50 for our chosen charity, CancerWise, as well as the Laura May's Collecting Challenge Cup.
Well done everyone!
"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."
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