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;
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Come and Sing with John Rutter
We are delighted to announce that on Saturday 31st October 2015 our President John Rutter will be leading a 'Come and Sing' event at the Dorking Halls.
After the great success of the 'Come and Sing' for Festival members last year, with Bob Chilcott and Brian Kay, we expect that this too will be a very popular event, so put the date in your diary now and watch this space for further details.