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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

Registered charity number 275176

Tickets on sale now!


Come and Sing

with our festival conductor, Jonathan Willcocks

 Rehearse and then perform informally Haydn's ever-popular 'The Creation' at the end of the day.

Jonathan Willcocks is hosting his third LHMF ‘Come and Sing’ event in Dorking, again as part of the Mole Valley 'Arts Alive' Festival. Participants will have the pleasure of rehearsing and then performing informally parts of Haydn's ever-popular 'The Creation' at the end of the day.

Blue Division singers should be especially interested - it is one of your main works for 2019!

Music will be available on the day, as will tea and coffee.  These are included in the price of

£21.75 for adults
but free* for those aged 18 & under

Tickets are available now and may only be purchased online from Eventbrite, following the link below:


This link takes you straight to the Eventbrite website where you will see a nice photo of Jonathan working hard and enjoying himself as usual, and a green box below it labelled 'Tickets' - click and carry on from there!

* Young people just need to tell us they are coming - email Mandy at secretary@lhmf.org.uk

We look forward to seeing you on another LHMF special occasion!

REGISTRATION from 09.30 to 10.15


 Saturday 13th October 2018 at Dorking Halls