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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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March Concert

Singers - Your Word-changes

Sunday, 10th March 2019

St John Passion

              J.S. Bach              


     Conductor: Jonathan Willcocks

Independent Singers - Sign Up

Invitation To Independent Singers For LHMF Bach-St John Passion 2019 (Novello/Atkins edition in English)

You are invited to join us in singing the Bach-St John Passion on Sunday the 10th March 2019 at the Dorking Halls, Dorking, Surrey conducted by the Festival Conductor Jonathan Willcocks. Our Chorus is Master Ben Costello and approximately 4 of the rehearsals will be taken by Jonathan.

The rehearsals will be held at the Priory School, West Bank, Dorking RH4 3DG. Please see the rehearsal schedule on the LHMF website.

We ask for a commitment to attend the schedule of rehearsals.


Message from Jonathan:

What a marvellous opportunity to prepare and perform such a great work as J.S.Bach - St. John Passion together! I can vividly remember my first experience singing this piece as a boy chorister - not only are there so many terrific choruses to sing but it is such a powerful and moving drama too. We will have a very strong team of soloists, led by James Oxley as the Evangelist, and the specialist baroque orchestra Canzona to play for us, and I very much look forward to seeing you all when we begin rehearsals in the New Year.



Registration forms should be returned to me. Please do not include hire of music cost at this point, you will be able to this at the first few rehearsals.

Payment can be made by cheque or BACS payment see registration form attached.

An announcement will be made on the website should a rehearsal need to be cancelled due to ‘bad’ weather.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Mandy Begg

Hon.Sec and Organiser LHMF