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;
Registered charity number 275176
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or download an application form here.