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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Following my final rehearsal with you all yesterday, I wanted to again convey my thanks to you all for your hard work, commitment and enthusiasm in the Messiah rehearsals.
It's been a real privilege to have been your chorus master this term and I have greatly enjoyed our sessions together, getting into the bones of the piece. The concert will, I am sure, be a great success, and I'm already looking forward to working with you all on the St John Passion next year.
See you on Saturday! Ben.
Monday 2 March 2015