Our choir and orchestra were founded in August 1998 by Mr James Edwin Rushman, our Musical Director, and to celebrate the occasion, 84 members gathered at The Vardar Restaurant in Littlehampton to enjoy a wonderful evening. Attendees were made up of choir and orchestra members, patrons, partners and friends. Special invites were sent to the Mayor of Littlehampton and his consort and to representatives from our chosen charities for the year to July 2018, being Parkinson's UK, 4Sight, Chichester Stroke Club and Children on the Edge.
The evening began with speeches from our Chairman Noel and James, followed by a special presentation of gifts to James and Chris.
Before dinner was served, we sang our own special choir Grace, sung to the tune of "Thank you for the Music".
After dinner, everyone was encouraged to join in singing Sussex By the Sea, I Could Be Happy With You, Greased Lightning and Summer Nights. There was a special moment for James and Chris when the choir stood in Flash Mob style to sing a song that was written by choir member Barbara Jackson, the lyrics of which praised and thanked them both.
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. A new award, The President's Award, was unveiled, which the winner was decided upon by James. Categories and winners were: -
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 KAY DURRANT, leader of the Orchestra (not present at the dinner), and to WENDY & ROB MULFORD, Webmaster, Facebook administrator, Advertising, Photography and Concert Videos.
James continued by introducing the representatives from our chosen charities and presented each one with a cheque for £500 which had been raised from the concerts during the year. Each representative expressed their grateful thanks and indicated the wonderful impact the donations would make to their charities.
The grand draw for the extra super raffle, arranged by our Chairman Noel, was called before the evening drew to a close.
We would all like to send massive thanks and love to James and Chris for making the choir and orchestra so special over the last 20 years.
LONG MAY IT CONTINUE! Y