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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 8 April 7.30


Singing on the final day of the 2017 April Festival (Saturday 8 April) will be the choirs of Division 2: Beare Green & Newdigate, Bookham, Mickleham & Shalford

The programme will include:

Main works: Andrew Carter’s Benedicite and Haydn’s Little Organ Mass
Madrigal: Farmer Fair Phyllis I saw sitting all alone
Lower voices: arr. Paul Ayers Marianne
Upper voices: Howells Piping down the valleys wild
Part song: Alan Bullard Love on my heart from heaven fell
Ensemble: Harold Darke To Daffodils

The third April concert series in this, the opening season of Festival Conductor, Jonathan Willcocks.

Orchestra  - Southern Pro Musica

Margo Arsane                     soprano