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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


Registered charity number 275176

Events and tickets

Come and Sing

Verdi Requiem


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Ges Ray
55 Fairfield Drive, Dorking,
Surrey, RH4 1JQ
Email: chairman@lhmf.org.uk

Fund Raising, Advertising
& Corporate sponsorship


Helen Mardell
Tel: 01306 880061
Email: fundraising@lhmf.org.uk

Hon. Secretary
& Festival Organiser

Mandy Begg

Mandy Begg
2 Old Wintersell Farm Cottages
Dwelly Lane
Kent TN8 6QD
Tel: 07775 745689
Email: secretary@lhmf.org.uk

Hon. Treasurer


Pat Frankland
Email: treasurer@lhmf.org.uk

Friends and Patrons


Ian Moir

Email: fandp@lhmf.org.uk

Web Assistant (Mailing)


Chris Westbey



Rob Abrams 

Rob Abrams
Tel: 07510196157
Email: webmaster@lhmf.org.uk