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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
Bringing choirs together
for competitions and concerts in Dorking since 1905

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The final day of the April Festival

Saturday 13 April

Singing on the final day of the 2019 April Festival (Saturday 13 April) were the choirs of Blue Division :

Buckland and Betchworth, Beare Green and Newdigate, Horsley, Leatherhead

The programme will include:-

J.S.Bach – Magnificat                                                 
Haydn – The Creation (pts 1 and 2)                            
Madrigal:  Wilbye – Flora gave me fairest flowers                                                    
Upper voices:  Vaughan Williams – Silent Noon                                                        
Lower voices:  Charles West – A Poison Tree     ** composition competition winner                                                             
Part song:  Samuel Barber – Sure on this shining night                                         
Ensemble:  Elgar – O happy eyes       


The third April concert in this season.

Festival Conductor, Jonathan Willcocks.

Orchestra  - Southern Pro Musica

Buckland and Betchworth rehearse!