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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;

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Handel – Messiah, Sunday June 19th 2022

In the continuing tradition of performance each season of a major work by a choir drawn from all the Festival choirs (and also welcoming other singers), Sunday June 19th 2022 will feature the greatest of them all, Handel – Messiah. Enrolment to sing in this performance is now open and rehearsals will commence after Easter – do join us to perform with the wonderful professional ensemble Canzona and a brilliant quartet of soloists.

Tickets for all concerts are priced at £17 for stalls, £17 for Balcony and £24 for Bleachers and can only be booked through Dorking Halls Box office:

Please book your favourite seats early to avoid disappointment.