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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

Willcocks - Sing Africa


Saturday 15th October 2016 at Dorking Halls

Tickets will go on sale on 1st July! Check back then to reserve your place for this great event!

Our new conductor, Jonathan Willcocks, has decided to follow 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.

Further details will be posted on this website soon and if you join our mailing list (see below) you'll be one of the first to know. In the meantime, save the date in your diary!