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 & Sing with Bob Chilcott and Brian Kay
In 2015 Brian Kay celebrates 20 years as Festival Conductor. Fellow former member of The King's Singers, Bob Chilcott, and member of the LHMF Music Committee, was commissioned to write a work in celebration and on Saturday 28th September will lead a workshop alongside Brian in the new piece, Dances of Time.
The workshop is open to members of the Festival only and applications to take part should be sent to the Organiser at firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is £15 which includes a copy of the score Bob's new work and a sandwich lunch. Nearly 300 members have already registered, so come and join in the fun.
Dances of Time will be performed by the Division 1 choirs and will receive its première at the Festival on Friday 10th April 2015.