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; The Dorking Halls was built to house the Festival and opened in 1931; 'Song for a Spring Festival', written by RVW to celebrate the Festival's 50th year, may only be performed at the Festival; RVW retired as Festival Conductor in 1953, but continued to conduct the St Matthew Passion until 1958; Whilst living in Dorking, RVW composed works including Serenade to Music, Symphonies 4 - 7 and The Pilgrim's Progress; RVW conducted the first combined choirs concert at the Festival on 10 May 1905; The first competition day at the Festival exclusively for children was held in 1921; In 1934 the BBC broadcast part of the Festival performance of Dream of Gerontius; The first Festival performance of the St Matthew Passion in 1931 had 800 singers;

Leith Hill Musical Festival
Bringing choirs together
for competitions and concerts in Dorking since 1905

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07-10-15 Tribute to Sir David Willcocks Sir David Willcocks, Festival President from 1978-2005 died recently. Read Brian Kay's tribute here. more...

01-06-15 Come & Sing with John Rutter Tickets are now on sale for this special event at the Dorking Halls on 31st October more...

09-05-15 Festival Conductor Elect Leith Hill Musical Festival is pleased to announce that it has appointed Jonathan Willcocks as more...

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