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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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Events and tickets

Diary

The following are the Festival events currently scheduled in the diary.

Note: The 2018 dates are provisional.

URC is the United Reform Church Hall, 55 West Street, Dorking, RH4 1BS.

DH is the Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SG.

DCC is the Dorking Christian Centre, Church Street, Dorking, RH4 1DW.

* other venues notified elsewhere

 

Event Day Date Time Place
2017
Festival Combined Rehearsal (Div 1) Saturday 25 February 1pm-3pm DH
Festival Combined Rehearsal (Div 2) Saturday 25 February 3.45pm-5.45pm DH
St Matthew Passion Rehearsal Sunday 26 February 3pm - 5pm URC
St Matthew Passion Rehearsal Sunday 5 March 3pm - 5pm URC
St Matthew Passion Rehearsal Saturday 11 March 2.30pm - 5pm DH
Swimathon Sunday 12 March  am DH
St Matthew Passion Rehearsal Sunday 12 March 2.30pm DH
St Matthew Passion Performance Sunday 12 March 7.30pm DH
Bridge Tea Thursday 16th March 2pm *
Youth Competitions Day Saturday 18 March 9am - 5pm DH
Festival Combined Rehearsal (Div 3) Saturday 25 March 1pm-3pm URC
Festival Combined Rehearsal (Div 1) Saturday 25 March 3.40pm-5.40pm URC
Festival Combined Rehearsal (Div 2) Saturday 25 March 10am-12.00 URC
Festival Day (Div 3) Thursday 6 April 9am onwards DH
Final Rehearsal with orchestra (Div 3) Thursday 6 April 2pm - 4.30pm DH
Festival Concert (Div 3) Thursday 6 April 7.30pm DH
Festival Day (Div 1) Friday 7 April 9am onwards DH
Final Rehearsal with orchestra (Div 1) Friday 7 April 2pm - 4.30pm DH
Festival Concert (Div 1) Friday 7 April 7.30pm DH
Festival Day (Div 2) Saturday 8 April 9am onwards DH
Final Rehearsal with orchestra (Div 2) Saturday 8 April 2pm - 4.30pm DH
Festival Concert (Div 2) Saturday 8 April 7.30pm DH
Come and Sing - Mozart Requiem Saturday 14 October 9am - 5pm DH
2018
Messiah (Performance) Sunday 11 March 7pm DH
Youth Choirs Competition Saturday 17 March 9am - 5pm DH
Festival Day (Div 2) Thursday 12 April 9am onwards DH
Festival Day (Div 3) Friday 13 April 9am onwards DH
Festival Day (Div 1) Saturday 14 April 9am onwards DH
Come and Sing Saturday 13 October 9am - 5pm DH