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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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Leith Hill Music Festival presents


We’re back!

Some of you will have attended the Come & Sing before so welcome back! We have missed you! If you have never been to our singing workshop then you are in for a treat.


Come & Sing is simple. Come to Dorking Halls, say hello to newbies and experienced singers alike, and sing! We learn about the history, composition and dynamics of Verdi’s Requiem, rehearse together under expert tuition and then perform, to ourselves and our conductor as if we are in the Albert Hall!


Our conductor Jonathan Willcocks cannot wait to raise you back up into the beautiful world of music, in the only way choral music can draw us together, in our community. A part of your community is our distinguished pianist Alan Brown who will be accompanying.


Four brilliant young professional soloists will join us. They are an inspiration to listen to and follow. Leith Hill Music Festival pride itself on encouraging and providing a platform for burgeoning talent and these young soloists form part of our growing community.

This is a journey into one of classical music’s most exciting and dramatic works. You must COME & SING!

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This event will be following government Covid-19 guidelines.

Event Details

Saturday 16th October

Bring a friend! You do not need to read music to join us. We all learn together.