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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

The Professionals

The day-to-day organisation of the Festival depends upon a group of volunteers dedicated to the Festival's motto 'Music Won The Cause'. However, the leadership, guidance and support of a team of top professional musicians, also dedicated to maintaining and improving upon the legacy of Vaughan Williams and other forerunners of the present day, enables us to present concerts to a professional standard.

The quality of our music-making is in safe hands with our new Festival Conductor, Jonathan Willcocks, and our President, John Rutter, ably assisted by the other musicians who work with us, and details of whom may be found by clicking on the links below.