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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

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Bach's St John Passion - 13 March 2016

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Brian Kay says:
 
"Here's to the future, with fond memories of an all-too-short association. BC can look forward with supreme confidence; BK can look back with nothing but pleasure, proud to be part of this team, which produced a final St John of which we can all be proud".

Conductor Brian Kay and Chorus Master Ben Costello enjoying a celebratory drink after the performance.