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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;

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Last Season's Music

Music for the 2016 Festival


Sunday 13 March

St John Passion (Bach)


Division 1 Thursday 14 April

Main works - Serenade to music (Vaughan Williams) and Harmonimesse (Haydn)

Part song - Three Hungarian folk songs (arr. Seiber)

Madrigal - All creatures now (John Bennett)

Upper voices - Tread softly (Alan Bullard)

Lower voices - The old superb (Stanford arr. Tomlinson)

Ensemble - In these delightful, pleasant groves (Purcell)


Division 2 Friday 15 April

Main works - Mass in G (Schubert) and Come ye sons of art away (Purcell)

Part song - The sailor and young Nancy (E J Moeran)

Madrigal - Farewell, dear love (Robert Jones)

Upper voices - My true love (Ian Assersohn)

Lower voices - When icicles hang by the wall (E J Moeran)

Ensemble - I drew my ship (David Austin)


Division 3 Saturday 16 April

Main work - Requiem (Verdi)

Part song - My soul, there is a country (Parry)

Madrigal - Now is the month of maying (Thomas Morley)

Upper voices - The graceful swaying wattle (Frank Bridge)

Lower voices - The coasts of High Barbary (John Hall)

Ensemble - Fair would I change that note (Vaughan Williams)