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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

LHMF 2019 Fundraiser




by GARETH GILES (aka ggthepianoman)

Musical Director - Shalford Choral Society

Accompanist - Leatherhead Choral Society

Organist - FCCS Claygate

Pianist - RAC Woodcote Park 

NEW DATE Saturday 2nd November 2019

10 am - almost 10 pm at United Reformed Church, Epsom Road, Leatherhead.

Gareth Giles has generously offered to play organ, piano and electric piano for 12 hours in a relaxed Cafe atmosphere, culminating in an evening concert, to raise funds for the Festival.

There are 3 ways to support him:

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving


Contact Helen Mardell
Fundraising Coordinator
Phone: 01306 880061

1. Come to the 7.30 concert (£10)
2. Sponsor Gareth (a donation of £10 will give you entry all day)
3. Contact Helen to:

Or just turn up on the day (for a small contribution on the door) to enjoy the music and buy tea, coffee, wine, cakes etc. as we go along; and if you are unable to be there, sponsor him anyway!

Find out more about ggthepianoman from his YouTube link.

Details of the programme are on the attached flyer, [not yet - being revised] which you might also like to send to family and friends

Let's all get behind Gareth - this is a tremendous undertaking on our behalf.