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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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Member Choirs' Professionals

The professional musicians who, between them, not only lead their choirs in their own programmes but also prepare them through many rehearsals for their annual day of competition and concert at the Festival, are an intrinsic and highly valued part of our organisation. Jonathan Willcocks conducts the evening concerts and is always fulsome in his thanks to the Choir Conductors.

You can find out more about them by clicking on the links underlining their names.

CHOIR

CONDUCTOR

BEARE GREEN & NEWDIGATE

Jamie Cordell

BOOKHAM

Christopher Hann

BUCKLAND & BETCHWORTH

Helen Smee

CAPEL

Peter Ford

DORKING

Richard Wilberforce

EPSOM

Julian Collings

HOLMBURY ST. MARY

Amy Bebbington

HORSLEY

Valerie Beynon

LEATHERHEAD

Ian Assersohn

MICKLEHAM

Juliet Hornby

OXSHOTT

Valerie Beynon

SHALFORD

Gareth Giles


The above are ably supported by their accompanists, of whom details may be found on the choirs' own websites (see the link below to the Member Choirs).

The Festival is most grateful to them all.

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