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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Due to the closure of the Dorking Halls the April 16th – 18th 2020 Leith Hill Musical Festival will be postponed until a later date.
Singing on the second day of the 2020 Festival are the choirs of the Red Division:
Capel, Epsom, Oxshott, Shalford
The programme includes:
The secondl concert series in this season.
Main work: Mozart – Mass in C Minor
Charlotte Bowden (soprano)
Stephanie Hershaw (soprano)
Michael Bell (tenor)
James Atkinson (bass)
Ensemble: Finzi – My spirit sang all day
Festival Conductor, Jonathan Willcocks.
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