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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

Become a Friend or Patron

Friends and Patrons of the Leith Hill Musical Festival provide crucial support for the work of one of the UK’s greatest choral events. Join a like-minded group of people and actively assist us by becoming part of the wider LHMF community. In return for an annual subscription you will enjoy a range of benefits:

All Friends and Patrons will:

  • be kept up to date with Festival concerts and activities
  • be invited to Friends and Patrons special events such as the coffee morning
  • receive priority booking for Messiah, the Passions and the April Festival concerts.

Friends will also receive a voucher for a free programme. The programme serves as admission to both a competition morning and the same day's afternoon rehearsal. If unable to attend a competition or rehearsal, Friends may use the voucher to collect a free programme at a Festival concert (this includes Messiah/Passion). The minimum donation for Friends is £20. Payments may be made annually by cheque or Banker's Order.

Patrons will also:

  • receive a membership card that will entitle them to free programmes for the April concerts and Messiah/Passion
  • receive free admission to the adult competitions and concert rehearsals (does not include Youth Choirs competition)
  • have their names listed in the Festival programmes, unless we are advised otherwise.

The minimum donation for Patrons is £50. Payments may be made annually by cheque or Banker's Order, or twice a year by Banker's Order ONLY (£25 every six months starting at the date of renewal). 

Friends and Patrons who make a donation as a couple will receive one voucher or membership card, unless the donation is £40 for Friends or £100 for Patrons.

To become a Friend or Patron please contact Friends and Patrons Hon. Secretary