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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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Registered charity number 275176

Events and tickets

Come and Sing

Verdi Requiem

Fundraising events


The Festival is run entirely by volunteers and most of our income is generated from ticket sales and choir entry fees. We also sell programmes and advertising space and are most grateful for the support given from time to time by musical trusts and sponsors.

There remains a funding gap to be filled and we encourage both members and supporters actively to participate in raising funds by organising and/or taking part in a range of enjoyable and profitable events throughout the year

Other examples include a Christmas Card Design Competition, the Festival shop, cake and book sales, sponsored walks, auctions and quiz nights.

If you have an idea for a fundraising event or are able to help in any way, please contact our Fundraising Coordinator Helen Mardell Tel: 01306 880061 or email:fundraising@lhmf.co.uk.