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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Following Government guidance on the Covid-19 situation in general, and the closure of the Dorking Halls, the Leith Hill Festival that was due to run from 16 April to 18 April 2020 was postponed. It is still hoped that a two-day Festival featuring two evening concerts but no choral competitions will take place in Dorking Halls on 18 September 2020 and 19 September 2020, although this is conditional on a significant improvement in the general situation and the reopening of the Dorking Halls. A final decision on whether the Festival will go ahead in this format will be taken around the middle of July. This decision will be based on the latest Government guidance and consultation with affected stakeholders. The safety of everyone involved in the Festival will be paramount.
The concert on Friday 18 September will feature the Blue Division performing Vaughan Williams – A Sea Symphony. On Saturday 19 September the Red and Green Divisions will combine to sing Mozart - Mass in C minor, Mendelssohn - Hear my Prayer and Blackford - Mirror of Perfection. For both concerts we will be joined by our original teams of soloists and Southern pro Musica.
A number of people who have bought tickets for the April concert have asked whether they can be transferred to the revised September dates. The position is as follows:
Tickets bought through the Dorking Halls:
Anyone wishing to have a refund should approach the Dorking Halls directly. Their website states that they will be in touch with all their customers once they know the revised Festival arrangements
. They should be able to offer tickets for the revised Festival days once they have them.
Tickets bought through the LHMF Booking Office:
We hope that the majority of people who bought tickets through the LHMF website will want to transfer their tickets to one of the revised Festival days.If needed, we will refund their purchase money or, if they wish to donate the money to the Festival, we will accept it, collect the Gift Aid and be very grateful.
This website will be kept under constant review and updated when appropriate.
Graham Aslet LHMF Chairman
Mandy Begg Festival Organiser
1 June 2020