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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

Spread the word

Could you help display posters in your local area or take leaflets to another event you're attending? Your choir should have a stock, or please ask the Festival Organiser for some.

If you use Social Media, follow @LeithHillFest on Twitter and chat online to the virtual community.  If you 'like' our Facebook page, please share our posts with your friends too.

If your choir is in contact with local press, mention that you're part of LHMF and maybe you could send them a photo and report on how you fared in the competition?

There's lots you can do to spread the word! Please contact us for further ideas and support.