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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

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Join the 50:50 Draw

Festival members and supporters are eligible to join in the LHMF 50:50 draw.  Half the proceeds go in prizes and half go to help the Festival, hence the name.  Prize draws are held three times a year and the amounts distributed to prizewinners (and hence also earned by the Festival) are usually around £1000.

Payments may be made by cheque or cash at the following rates:

  • £12 for entry in all three draws (payment by September 30th)
  • £8 for December and April draws (payment by November 30th)
  • £4 for April draw only (payment by March 30th)

For more information contact the 50:50 Secretary eMail: 5050@lhmf.org.uk or download an application form here.