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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;

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Events and tickets

Come and Sing

Verdi Requiem

Come and Sing with Jonathan Willcocks

 Fauré - 'Requiem' and Willcocks - 'Sing Africa'

 Saturday 15th October 2016 at Dorking Halls 11am - 5pm


Tickets are on sale from 1st July on the internet only via our sales partner Eventbrite.

Click HERE to buy.

PRICES (including fees) are:

General admission £21.75

18 years and under £11.20

Our new conductor, Jonathan Willcocks, is following in the tradition of an autumnal 'Come & Sing' established so successfully by Brian Kay and Bob Chilcott (2014) and John Rutter and Brian Kay (2015).

This will be an ideal opportunity to get to know Jonathan before he takes the reins in earnest in 2017 and goes into the hectic schedule of preparing for that year's Festival.

The day will start with Registration from 10am - 10,45am, when you will be able to collect your music and tokens to exchange during the day for tea and coffee.

When applying for tickets you will be asked to give your voice part (SATB) and seating in the hall will be arranged accordingly.  A full range of FAQs are given at the start of the ticket-buying process, but should you have any questions beforehand, please contact the event organiser on fundraising@lhmf.org.uk.