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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;

Book tickets at Dorking Halls:
01306 881717

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On Saturday April 9th the music is high-octane with Bob Chilcott’s A little Jazz Mass,
your favourite songs from Gershwin’s – Porgy and Bess and a rousing finale in John Rutter’s Feel the Spirit.
Both concerts also feature the professional chamber orchestra Southern Pro Musica and professional soloists
including internationally acclaimed music-theatre star Melanie Marshall