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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

Events and tickets

Member Choirs

There are currently twelve choirs that are members of the Festival, all with active programmes of their own independent of us. However, many of them were founded to take part in the Festival and two were founder members over a hundred years ago (Capel and Shalford).  Their websites (listed below) will give you lots of information and tell you how to contact them, particularly if you're interested in joining them.  The Festival is greatly indebted to the individual choir conductors and accompanists who prepare each of the choirs for their annual day of competition and concert at the festival.

CHOIR

WEBSITE

REHEARSE

CONDUCTOR

BEARE GREEN & NEWDIGATE

www.bgncs.co.uk

Wednesday

Jamie Cordell

BOOKHAM

www.bookhamchoralsociety.co.uk

Tuesday

Christopher Hann

BUCKLAND & BETCHWORTH

www.bbcsinfo.org

Wednesday

Helen Smee

CAPEL

www.capelchoralsociety.com

Monday

Peter Ford

DORKING

www.dorkingchoralsociety.org.uk

Wednesday

Richard Wilberforce

EPSOM

www.epsomchoral.org.uk

Wednesday

Julian Collings

HOLMBURY ST. MARY

www.holmburystmary.org.uk/choralsociety

Thursday

Amy Bebbington

HORSLEY

www.horsleychoralsociety.com

Monday

Valerie Beynon

LEATHERHEAD

www.leatherhead-choral.net

Monday

Ian Assersohn

MICKLEHAM

www.micklehamchoral.org.uk

Thursday

Juliet Hornby

OXSHOTT

www.oxshottchoral.org.uk

Wednesday

Valerie Beynon

SHALFORD

www.shalfordchoralsociety.org.uk

Tuesday

Gareth Giles

 

The 12 choirs are organised in non-hierarchical Divisions, purely to spread the numbers involved over three days, which are currently as follows:

Green Division Bookham
  Dorking
  Holmbury St Mary
  Mickleham
Blue Division Buckland and Betchworth
  Beare Green and Newdigate
  Horsley
  Leatherhead
Red Division Capel
  Epsom
  Oxshott
  Shalford