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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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Accompanists

Alan_P.jpgAlan Brown: Principal Festival Accompanist

Alan studied piano and cello with Ruth Harte and Lilly Phillips at the Royal Academy of Music, gaining the prestigious Recital Diploma.

As well as solo recitals in the UK and abroad, Alan has a repertoire of over thirty-five concertos, including several twentieth century British works, and has played with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the  London Mozart  Players, the Virtuosi of England and other orchestras,  working frequently with Arthur Davison. He is also in great demand as duo partner to wind and string players, both here and in Germany. He has performed the complete cycle of Beethoven violin and piano sonatas with Igor Ozim in Slovenia.

Alan works as accompanist and coach at both the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and has a regular summer commitment to international violin courses, working with Igor Ozim in Weimar, Salzburg and Slovenia.

Jean_P.jpgJean Douglas Tutt: Festival Accompanist

Jean Douglas Tutt studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, both as an Exhibitioner and on the Graduate course. Post-Graduation, she studied piano repertoire with Cyril Smith and Peter Wallfisch and accompaniment with Paul Hamburger.

Jean has performed in this country and abroad as a recitalist and accompanist. Her London appearances include prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall and St. Martin-in-the-Fields. She has played for the LHMF and its constituent choirs for many years and performed on stage with each of the last four Festival Conductors as piano duettist with the Festival Accompanist.

Her repertoire with the LHMF has included Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes and Requiem, Britten St Nicolas, Orff Carmina Burana and Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle.

She also works as a harpsichordist and continuo player.