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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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In the light of the ongoing uncertainty with the pandemic, the Festival has sadly taken the decision to cancel the 2021 Festival. We had the benefit of advice from our Festival Conductor – Jonathan Willcocks – as follows:


‘Following the recent Zoom discussion with representatives from the Festival choirs, it is evident that none of the choirs is confident that they will be in any position to participate confidently in an April 2021 Festival, and there was also little enthusiasm for a delayed 2021 Festival in either June/July or September.  Thus I believe that we should focus all our attention on making the April 2022 Festival as successful as possible, whilst in the meantime maintaining the spirit of LHMF through some 'stand-alone' events’.