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.
THE POWER OF LOVE - January 2019
Members of the choir took part in a sell-out charity concert to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer's charity, organised by choir member Lorna Haynes.
The concert was dedicated to Lorna's husband Colin, who is suffering with the condtion. For her 50th birthday, Colin had given Lorna a recording session, where she recorded the Jenifer Rush song, which she sang to open the show.
Interspersed with other singers from the community, the cast sang a full programme of songs from the Musicals as well as an operatic section, accompanied by Lorna and James Rushman on keyboards.
There were so many highlights during this wonderful evening, including a real life marriage proposal by Ian to Pam, but a special mention must be made for the fabulous Daniella Dream aka The Mayor of Littlehampton.
Congratulations to everyone involved for a great evening, raising over £1700 for the charity.
Click the link below for the write up in the Littlehampton Gazette and to watch the proposal! Littlehampton Gazette - proposal
CHOIR CHRISTMAS PARTY - December 2018
The choir took time to relax and enjoy a Christmas Quiz with a drink or two to celebrate Yuletide!
Many thanks to our Vice President John, who organised the quiz, which included many music questions, famous faces and Name the Tune.
Highlight of the evening had to be the winning team (The Captain's Table) who sang Ten Green Bottles with hilarious interuptions from John (you had to be there!)
Thanks also goes to James, Chris, Noelle and Stuart for organising everything else during the evening, including the raffle and the tombola. We had a great time!
LITTLEHAMPTON BONFIRE NIGHT - October 2018
A fabulous celebration held at Littlehampton Seafront organised by the Littlehampton Bonfire Society.
This event attracted large crowds to witness the spectacular torchlight processions, mammoth bonfire and seafront firework display.
As well as providing entertainment for residents and visitors, the event enables the Littlehampton Bonfire Society to support many local charities and good causes. This year's beneficiaries are Sussex Steel, Sussex Tornados, LOCA, Littlehampton Sea Cadets, Care for Veterans, Worthing Mencap.
The choir walked in the procession dressed in our theme of "Halloween Wedding" and collected £447.59. Well done to all involved!
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.
"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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