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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


Leith Hill Musical Festival Fund Raising 2017

We are holding a BRIDGE TEA

on Thursday March 16th

1.45 for a 2.00 p.m. start.

 In Holmbury St Mary Village Hall.

There will be a delicious tea including sandwiches, savouries and home made cakes. There are prizes to be won and of course, a raffle.

It is a lovely venue with good car parking. Directions will be emailed to you when you book a table.

Please tell your bridge playing friends about it and encourage them to book. It is £40 for each table of four players.

Don't forget to sign up soon - bookings closing 1st March!

Please download the booking form, or email fundraising@lhmf.org