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
LHMF 2019 Fundraiser
by Gareth Giles (aka ggthepianoman)
Musical Director - Shalford Choral Society
Accompanist - Leatherhead Choral Society
Organist - FCCS Claygate
Pianist - RAC Woodcote Park
NEW DATE Saturday 2nd November 2019
10 am - almost 10 pm at United Reformed Church, Epsom Road, Leatherhead.
Gareth Giles has generously offered to play organ, piano and electric piano for 12 hours in a relaxed Cafe atmosphere, culminating in an evening concert, to raise funds for the Festival.
There are 3 ways to support him:
BUY CONCERT TICKETS
Contact Helen Mardell
Phone: 01306 880061
1. Come to the 7.30 concert (£10)
2. Sponsor Gareth (a donation of £10 will give you entry all day)
3. Contact Helen to:
request a piece of music (£5 extra)
ask Gareth to accompany you (singing or playing) for up to 5 minutes (£20 extra) [10 spots only!]
Or just turn up on the day (for a small contribution on the door) to enjoy the music and buy tea, coffee, wine, cakes etc. as we go along; and if you are unable to be there, sponsor him anyway!
Find out more about ggthepianoman from his YouTube link.
Details of the programme are on the attached flyer, [not yet - being revised] which you might also like to send to family and friends
Let's all get behind Gareth - this is a tremendous undertaking on our behalf.