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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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The second day of the April Festival

Friday 13th April

Singing on the second day of the 2018 Festival (Friday13 April) were the choirs of the Blue Division :

Buckland and Betchworth, Beare Green and Newdigate, Horsley, Leatherhead

The programme will include:

Alexander L’Estrange – Songs of a Rainbow Nation
Will Todd – Mass in Blue
Madrigal: Stephen Chatman – Come away sweet love
Upper voices: Eleanor Daley – The Lake Isle of Innisfree
Lower voices: Randall Thompson – Stopping by woods on a snowy evening
Part song: Bob Chilcott – Buffalo Gals
Ensemble: Vaughan Williams – Linden Lea


The second April concert series in this season.

Festival Conductor, Jonathan Willcocks.

Orchestra - Will Todd Ensemble