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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

Events and tickets

March Concert

Sunday, 12th March 2017 7.30 pm

St Matthew Passion

Johann Sebastian Bach

Conductor - Jonathan Willcocks

Orchestra -  Canzona 

James Oxley              tenor, Evangelist
Marcus Farnsworth    bass, Christus
Milly Forrest               soprano
Marvic Monreal          contralto
Richard Walshe     bass Judas, Peter, Pilate,High Priest



Singers - click HERE for your UPDATED edits


 Please click HERE to download and print the final version of

"He worthy is"