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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

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Music Committee

The music performed by the adult choirs each Spring is selected by a distinguished panel of musicians that meet in the Autumn. The panel is chaired by the Festival President and the announcement of the music selected is generally made at the AGM. If you'd like to submit a request for music to be considered, please contact the Festival Organiser.

Current music committee members:

Chairman: John Rutter CBE (Festival President)

Bob Chilcott

Robin Gritton

Christopher Robinson CVO CBE

Robin Wells - Tribute from Graham Aslet- Chairman, on the sad news of the death of Robin Wells - a Vice President and valued member of the Music committee of the Festival.

Jonathan Willcocks (Festival Conductor)

Brian Kay