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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
 

  Leith Hill’s Roadmap out of Lockdown

 

This note updates the information given to the January 2021 General Committee

meeting in the light of the Government’s Roadmap published on 22 February 2021.

LHMF is currently planning for the following events in the coming year:

 

8" October 2021 - Annual General Meeting

 

We expect to hold this in person as the restrictions on indoor meetings should

have been lifted by then. However, social distancing requirements might still be in

force. If it proves impossible to meet in person, we will hold the meeting using

Zoom technology.

 

16" October 2021 —- Come and Sing Verdi’s Requiem

 

Dorking Halls has been provisionally booked for this event but it is conditional on

there being no restrictions for large scale singing events and no requirement to

socially distance from other singers. We expect to be able to make final decisions

on this around the end of June 2021.

 

6" March 2022 - Messiah

 

Dorking Halls has been provisionally booked for this event but it is conditional on

there being no restrictions for large scale singing events and no requirement to

socially distance from other singers. It is also conditional on being able to book

rehearsal spaces where the Festival Choir can rehearse without social distancing.

We expect to be able to make final decisions on this before the end of November 2021.

 

8" and 9" April 2022 - 2 day Festival

 

Dorking Halls has been provisionally booked for this event but it is again

conditional on there being no restrictions for large scale singing events and no

requirement to socially distance from other singers. It is also conditional on being

able to book rehearsal spaces for the Combined Rehearsals where we can

rehearse without social distancing and on the support of Member choirs. We

expect to be able to make final decisions on this before the end of November.

 

The Principal Officers hope that it will be possible to arrange other meetings to

benefit the Festival and its members, especially if the restrictions on in person

meetings and social distancing continue longer than anticipated. Any suggestions

as to what they might focus on would be gladly received.

 

Graham Aslet    Chairman    12 March 2021