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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


The following are the Festival events currently scheduled in the diary.

Note: The 2019 dates are provisional.

URC is the United Reform Church Hall, 55 West Street, Dorking, RH4 1BS.

DH is the Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SG.

DCC is the Dorking Christian Centre, Church Street, Dorking, RH4 1DW.

PS is the The Priory School, West Bank, Dorking RH4 3DG

* other venues notified elsewhere



Event Day Date Time Place
Messiah Rehearsal Sunday 4 March 3-5pm URC
Swimathon Sunday 10 March * DH
Messiah Rehearsal Saturday 10 March 2-5pm DH
Messiah Rehearsal Sunday 11 March -3.30 pm DH
Messiah (Performance) Sunday 11 March 7.30 pm DH
Youth Choirs Competition Saturday 17 March 9am - 5pm DH
Festival Combined Rehearsal  Green Division Sunday 25 March 10 am-noon PS
Festival Combined Rehearsal  Blue Division Sunday 25 March 1-3pm PS
Festival Combined Rehearsal  Red Division Sunday 25 March 3.45-5.45pm
Festival Day (Green Div) Thurs 12 April 9am onwards DH
Festival Day (Blue Div) Friday 13 April 9am onwards DH
Festival Day (Red Div) Saturday 14 April 9am onwards DH
Silent Auction and Gala Evening Friday 11 May * *
Cycle Ride Sun 24 June * *
Come and Sing Saturday 13 October 9am - 5pm DH