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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

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April Competitions and Concerts reports and results

The April Choirs' Competitions and Concerts are the heart of the Festival, having been running since its inception in 1905.  We hope that these reports will give you a flavour of what happens on these wonderful days and that the results (over the years) will show the closeness of the friendly competition between the choirs.

[A photos page will be added very soon.]

Reports

2016

2015

2014

Results

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

Awards

2016