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;
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If you don't belong to a Festival choir, it is still possible to join in the fun and sing with us as an independent singer in the March concert.
We welcome singers from across the country and there's a very special camaraderie that develops over the season. Independents have joined us for events such as the sponsored walk to Leith Hill Tower and the Come and Sing for the Chilcott commission. Many are also Friends and Patrons of the Festival and return year after year both to sing, and to support the April competitions and concerts.