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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


  Leith Hill Musical Festival

Composition Competition 2017

 Read about the results here!


Brief: Music: A piece to be scored for TBB voices and piano

  For: Suitable for mixed-ability amateur singers

  Duration: 3 - 4 minutes


  1st Prize: £250 and performance in the LHMF

  2nd Prize: £150

  3rd Prize: £75


The prize money was funded by the Leith Hill Musical Trust

and we wish to thank them for their generosity for this project

Judges: Jonathan Willcocks, LHMF Festival Conductor and another member

  of the Festival Music Committee.

Read the bios of our winners!

 1st Place:  ‘A Poison Tree’ -  Charles West
2ndPlace: ‘Seventy Three’ – Janet Wheeler
3rd Place: ‘Go, lovely Rose’ – Mark Browse

Other Musical Events

The Festival runs several social events each year and occasionally other musical events. Often, these events are mostly, but not exclusively, concerned with fundraising - see this page for more details of fundraising events.


Links to this and other future events will appear on this page as they are planned. Join our mailing list (see below) and you'll be one of the first to know.