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.
21st BIRTHDAY PARTY - August 2019
The choir celebrated their 21st birthday at The Vardar Restaurant in Littlehampton attended by choir and orchestra members, patrons, partners and friends together with representatives from our chosen charities for the year to July 2019, being St Barnabas Hospice, Chestnut Tree House Hospice and St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
The evening began with speeches from our Chairman Noel and President James and we sang our own special choir Grace, sung to the tune of "Thank you for the Music" before a 3 course dinner was served.
After dinner, everyone was encouraged to join in singing a special tribute to members Pam and Ian who were “getting married in the morning”, Summer Holiday and Summer Nights.
There followed our Annual Award presentation to recognise and thank those who have made a special contribution to the choir during the year, as nominated and voted on by the choir, and The President's Award, decided upon by James. Categories and winners were: -
THE EDWIN JAMES AWARD (For annual achievement by any member of 3 years or more) Presented by James Rushman, Awarded to CAROLE HARRIS
THE MYRTLE ALLEN AWARD (For best newcomer over the last 2 years)
Presented by Chris Allen, Awarded to LOU SALMON
THE JANET MARTIN AWARD (For best supporting member outside of the committee)
Presented by Eric Griffiths, Awarded to KEITH MINGAY for the 2nd year running (not in attendance)
THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD (For outstanding support of the choir by a member of the choir, orchestra or supporter) Presented by James Rushman, Awarded to STUART CAPELIN
James continued by introducing the representatives from our chosen charities and presented each one with a cheque for £1000 which had been raised from the concerts during the year.
The raffle, arranged by our Chairman Noel, was called before the evening drew to a close.
Thank you everyone.
CURTAIN UP - THE SEQUEL! March 2019
Both performances were almost sold out and we had a great time performing 6 musical theatre songs, helping to raise funds for Arun Youth Projects and Littlehampton Art and Social Club Bursary Fund.
LITTLEHAMPTON CHARITY PANCAKE OLYMPICS - March 2019
This event, organised by Littlehampton Town Council, was well supported with 14 teams taking part in this fun event to raise money for their chosen charities.
The silver winner scoop up a cheque for £75 courtesy of *OURSELVES* Edwin James Festival Choir & Orchestra.
More details to come.
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.
"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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