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.

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Our next concert is 2021 CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Our Christmas concert will be performed by the Choir and Orchestra and will include “Feel the Spirit” by John Rutter plus Christmas songs and carols to join in with.


There will be a retiring collection for Cancer United.


Come and celebrate the beginning of the Festive Season with us!




Date and Time : 11th December 2021 at 7pm (doors open 6.15pm)


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


Call our Booking Office on 01243 582330

£10 adults / £4 children





The orchestra took to the stage at St James’ Church on Saturday 18th September 2021 with 29 musicians who performed a lively prom concert of hope to a packed audience.


Musical director and conductor James Rushman said: “I am proud and delighted that, as we take our first steps back to normality following the last 18 months of pandemic, the orchestra is able to return to live performances. We are pleased also to welcome back Kay Durrant who has been with us as leader of the orchestra since 1999”.


The concert opened with the Olympic Fanfare and Theme, whilst the rest of the programme had a distinct American theme. The orchestra played wonderfully throughout, such pieces as The Washington Post March, the theme from ET, Somewhere in Time, The Liberty Bell March, Moonlight Serenade, The Stars and Stripes Forever March and a selection from West Side Story.


The orchestra was also joined by local soprano Lorna Haynes singing La Mama Morta and Safe From Harm. She appeared again in the second half for a very patriotic and rousing rendition of Rule Britannia, complete with a Britannia headdress, when all the Prom favourites including Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory, other pieces from Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Radetzky March and Sussex by the Sea were performed to the delight of the audience who joined in flag waving, cheering and singing with gusto. James ensured that his interactions with the audience had the laughter flowing throughout the evening.


This concert was dedicated to Phillip Johnson, a member who sadly died earlier this year. Chris Allen read the poem ‘A Rainbow of Hope’ which was dedicated to all frontline workers who continued to care for us during the lockdowns as well as those who have been personally affected by the pandemic. A second poem ‘Look for the Blossom’ was read by him, both of which were very well received.


There was a retiring collection for MacMillan charity.


Members' section



26/10/2021 -  Our version of Shepherd's Pipe Carol has been added to Rehearsal Aids page for the Christmas Concert.


Please visit the "What's New" page in the Members' section for details and easy access.


This area is password protected.

Please contact us if you require assistance.





Charities that we will be supporting from September to December 2021:-



* MacMillan


* Cancer United

Website created : August 2015

Last updated : 26th October 2021

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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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