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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7 March 2015
WE RAISED MORE THAN £600 when we entered the Swimarathon again at the Dorking Sports Centre on 7 March. The Rotary Club ran this event as usual (the pools are next to the Dorking Halls) and we entered a team representing the 'Messiah' chorus. Well done swimmers (and sponsors)!
For details see the new website page under 'Events and tickets' then 'Other Events', Sponsored Swimarathon.