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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


Registered charity number 275176

Events and tickets

Come and Sing

Verdi Requiem

Sponsored Swimathon

Dorking Sports Centre

11 March 2017


.It is open to all clubs, companies, schools, associations, youth organisations, family groups etc. The teams consist of up to six swimmers and each team will swim for a total of 55 minutes, each swimmer doing two lengths of the pool before handing over to the next, as in a relay race. There is a friendly rivalry between the very different teams in each lane, egging each other on to swim faster and further.

This year we will have a small but powerful team of swimmers who seek sponsorship individually or for the team. They all will sing in our March concert, 'St Matthew Passion', and will have a rehearsal at the Hall next door immediately after their swim, so they are really dedicated to the cause!

For further details contact:-

Mandy Begg
Email: secretary@lhmf.org.uk



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