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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

Shop

Looking for a music-related gift or want something that showcases the Festival?

Our Festival shop has a range of branded goods: sweatshirts, music cases, tea towels, notecards etc.

Sheet music, CDs, books and items such as cakes, homemade preserves and second-hand books are also on sale subject to availability. Festival Fudge is particularly popular!!

The shop is run by volunteers and is open on all Festival rehearsal, competition and concert days.

To enquire about items which may be available, or to offer goods to sell, please contact the organiser via shop@lhmf.org.uk.

An online shopping facility is not yet available.