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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


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What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is free car parking at the Priory School.  For public transport: Dorking (from London) and Dorking Deepdene (cross-country from Reigate, Guildford and Reading) railway stations are about 30 minutes' walk away, but buses 22, 32, 93 and 465  go from these stations to Townfield Court (Stop S) in South Street, leaving only a 7 minute walk.  Get off just before the main road turns north as Vincent Lane and go straight ahead down a small footpath which eventually leads through streets and paths to the school. Other local buses also pass this point. 

What about Food and Drink?

There is a one hour break for lunch and, given that the town centre is at least 10 minutes' walk away, it may not be practicable to seek out a pub or restaurant.  Bringing your own packed lunch is advisable, but the school's PTA will be on hand with a variety of drinks and snacks for sale at reasonable prices and in a good cause.  There is a short 'comfort break' mid-morning (no time for tea or coffee) but a proper tea break mid-afternoon.

What can I bring into the event?

Some refreshments (and the full score, if you have one). There are limited cloakroom facilities so you may prefer to keep your things by your seat in the hall, which you will retain for the whole day (in voice part sections).

What's the refund policy?

We regret that we are unable to accept requests for refunds.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Either your printed ticket or the emailed version will be needed when borrowing your score and being seated in the hall.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Your registration is personal for each singer and not transferable.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Any questions may be addressed to the Organiser (Mandy Begg) by email to secretary@lhmf.org.uk