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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;

Book tickets at Dorking Halls:
01306 881717


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Events and tickets

Come and Sing

Verdi Requiem

Box Office now open for LHMF 2017

The Festival welcomes audiences at all its events, including the morning competitions. Competitions run from 9am to 1pm and entry is by purchase of a £3 programme for that day. Tickets for the Youth Day Competitions are only available on the day at Dorking Halls - adults £2.50, children free.

For the 2017 Festival concerts, ticket prices (held at the same as last year) are as follows:


Single concert

3-concert Season

4-concert Season









Rear Stalls 




Front Stalls 





The LHMF Box Office is run by a member of the Festival who holds the majority of seats and does not charge a booking fee, although postage will be charged if necessary. Members of LHMF choirs may book through their own ticket secretaries or purchase and collect tickets at LHMF rehearsals.


Season tickets at discounted rates are only available via the LHMF Box Office.


To book, please either download a booking form here and send it with an SAE to the address given

or phone: 01403 240093

or email: boxoffice@lhmf.org.uk


Bookings may also be made through the Dorking Halls (a fee may be payable) either through online booking (a good selection of tickets is now sold online by credit or debit card, with choice of seats). There will be links below to take you to the relevant pages on their website when the Box office opens:

  • for Thursday April 6th (Parry & Vaughan Williams)
  • for Friday April 7th (Mendelssohn Elijah)
  • for Saturday April 8th (Carter & Haydn)

or phone: 01306 881717

or by visiting in person: Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1SG

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