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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 final day of the April Festival

Saturday 14 April

Singing on the final day of the 2018 April Festival (Saturday 14 April) were the choirs of Red Division :

Capel, Epsom, Oxshott, Shalford

The programme will include:

Beginning of concert: National Anthem
Main works: Vaughan Williams – Five Mystical Songs
John Rutter – Mass of the Children
Madrigal: Stephen Chatman – Golden slumber kiss your eyes
Upper voices: Janet Wheeler – The Deadwood Stage
Lower voices: Arnold Foster – O Sally, my dear
Part song: Bob Chilcott – The Lily and the Rose
Ensemble: Purcell – O God, the King of Glory
End of Concert: arr. Vaughan Williams – God be with you till we meet again

The third April concert in this season.

Festival Conductor, Jonathan Willcocks.

Orchestra  - Southern Pro Musica