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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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Events and tickets

Come and Sing

Verdi Requiem

LHMF Trust

The LHMF Trust (registered charity 1001934) will use your money for the ongoing benefit of the Festival. The Trust is a capital fund established to secure the long-term success of the Festival.  Investment income from the fund helps the Festival maintain and improve its high musical standards and encourages greater involvement of young singers; and would support projects that would otherwise be beyond the Festival's resources.

Mrs Ann-Christine Harland is the Chair of the Trust and will be pleased both to receive donations on behalf of the LHMF Trust and also to supply information about making bequests and other matters concerning the Trust. She may be contacted by email at lhmftrust@lhmf.org.uk.

The Festival is extremely grateful for the Trust's ongoing support.