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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

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The role of a Festival volunteer is vital to our day-to-day running. It's also highly rewarding and is a great opportunity to meet fellow singers and gain a deeper insight into the mechanics of the Festival.

Whether you have a few hours to spare as, for example, a steward on Festival days, or have skills to contribute in a more involved way, we'd love to have you on board.  Don't wait to be asked - step forward and talk to the Festival Organiser, Mandy Begg, or email secretary@lhmf.org.uk.

Roles include jobs such as: stewarding on March and April Festival days and Youth Competition days; greeting and thanking at beginning and ends of concerts; programme sales; secretarial assistance; helping with fundraising events and making cakes and preserves for the shop to sell.

    If you enjoy making lists and have a large table, our Music Librarian Gill Moir needs you;
    Help spread the word about the Festival by managing our Facebook and Twitter accounts;
    Manage the distribution of Flyers and Posters;
    Write short Press Releases for local free magazines and entries in local 'What's On?' listings.