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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Leith Hill Musical Festival appoints Jonathan Willcocks as Festival Conductor
Leith Hill Musical Festival is pleased to announce that it has appointed Jonathan Willcocks as its Festival Conductor in succession to Brian Kay who is retiring from the Festival after 21 years as its conductor. The appointment takes effect on 1 May 2016, and Jonathan’s first Festival will be in Spring 2017.
For further details go to this page.