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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

Leith Hill Music Festival Sponsored Cycle Ride

24 June 2018


You may be aware that we have in previous years organised a sponsored ride as part of the fundraising efforts for the LHMF. This did not take place in 2017, but we are delighted to announce that Tony Renfrey, from the Horsley choir, has agreed to organise the ride in 2018.

Date and Timings

The ride took place on Sunday, 24 June 2018.  The ride started at 8.30am from the Red Lion pub in Brockham.

The Ride


The route is approximately 96km and takes in all the villages and towns of the Festival choirs. We will avoid the major hills and it can be considered undulating at worst (the lowest point on the ride is 28 metres above sea level and the maximum height is 149 metres).

A map of the route is shown below.The .gpx file can be obtained from Tony (details below) for those who have a suitable bike computer or who wish to take a closer look at the route on a home computer/laptop.


This ride was open to all choir members and friends. Participants could choose to ride the entire route or join us for just a part of the route. However, each participant must commit to raising a minimum of £50 in sponsorship.

You do not need to be budding Chris Froome’s to ride with us and can ride on any type of bike; the participants who rode on the 2015 and 2016 rides were of mixed ability and rode on all sort of bikes, including a tandem!

It is emphasised that this is not a race; the intention of the ride is to raise money for LHMF not to see who is the fastest or fittest rider! We will ride together at the speed of the slowest rider.



We will provide a sponsorship form for cylclists so that they can collect ready cash from choir members, family and friends, but the easiest way to sponsor our gallant riders is to donate via Virgin Money Giving using this link.


Each participant who completed the entire ride received a LHMF t-shirt as a souvenir of the ride.

They also received a free pack of 24 ORS (Oral Rehydration Salts) tablets provided by Clinova, a UK-based consumer healthcare company focused on developing, manufacturing and marketing healthcare products and medical devices. ORS tablets are added to water and are used by competitive and regular cyclists to keep hydrated during long rides and for helping with dehydration following rides. They are also useful for tummy trouble or even a hangover!  

We thank John Molter, Chairman of Clinova, for his kind sponsorship, and ask that participants and other interested parties consider supporting Clinova by checking out their website or Amazon for future purchases of ORS tablets.


If you are intereste in the ride or just wish to discuss the ride in more detail please contact Tony on tony.renfrey@outlook.com or 07768 970325.