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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;

Leith Hill Musical Festival
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The second day of the April Festival

Friday 12th April

Singing on the second day of the 2019 Festival (Friday12 April) are the choirs of the Green Division: Bookham, Dorking, Holmbury St. Mary, Mickleham
 

The programme will include:


The second April concert series in this season.

Main works:    Alan Bullard – Travelling Tales                                                   
Carl Orff – Carmina Burana                                                            
 
Madrigal:               Wilbye – Lady, when I behold                                                                    
 
Upper voices:      David Willcocks – Who is Sylvia?                                                                       
 
Lower voices:      ‘In taberna’ (no. 14 from Carmina Burana)                           
 
Part song:              Malcolm Archer – The River of the Water of Life                     
 
Ensemble:             Andrew Carter – Two for the price of one     


Festival Conductor, Jonathan Willcocks.

Festival Accompanists - Alan Brown and Jean Douglas Tutt