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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

Events and tickets

Verdi Requiem sold out!

The Verdi Requiem is now sold out - Brian's last concert with us! However, Thursday and Friday still have spaces. Brian always likes to see a good house and encourages us all to support all the Festival concerts, not just those with which we are directly involved. No day is more important than any other, and all three concerts give him and the choirs just as much pleasure. Vaughan Williams' ravishingly beautiful Serenade to Music, Haydn’s fine Harmoniemesse and a lyrically beautiful Mass setting by the teenage Schubert joining forces with Henry Purcell at his most joyous and celebratory, make Thursday and Friday concerts not to miss.

Rehearsals for the St John Passion with chorus master Ben Costello have been enjoyed by a record number of independent and Festival singers and we hope that we’ll have a correspondingly large and responsive audience. If you haven’t yet got your ticket, please do secure it now! This work is somehow considered less popular than the 'St Matthew', but it's dramatic effects render a very moving version of the passion story, so please come and enjoy this wonderful music.

We look forward to seeing you for a fabulous Festival and thank you for your support of community music making. You may want to try the online box office for the Dorking Halls (see the 'Buy Tickets' page on this website for the appropriate links to separate pages for each night) if the usual methods for our own box office - also shown there - are not convenient.