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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 17th April

Singing on the second day of the 2020 Festival (Friday 17 April) are the choirs of the Red Division:
Capel, Epsom, Oxshott, Shalford 

The programme includes:

The second April concert series in this season.

        Main work:  Mozart – Mass in C Minor

        Ensemble: Finzi – My spirit sang all day

Festival Conductor, Jonathan Willcocks.

Orchestra  - Southern Pro Musica


Epsom rehearse!