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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;

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Beethoven - Mass in C

Rehearsal Schedule

Messiah - June 19


The following are the Festival events currently scheduled in the diary

DHGH is the Dorking Halls, Grand Hall, Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SG.

DHMH is the Dorking Halls, Martineau Hall, Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SG.

DCC is the Dorking Christian Centre, Church Street, Dorking, RH4 1DW.

* other venues notified elsewhere

Beethoven Mass in C

Capel, Dorking, Epsom,Leatherhead, Oxshott and Independent Choir

Gershwin's Porgy and Bess

Beare Green and Newdigate, Bookham, Buckland and Betchworth, Holmbury St Mary, Horsley and Mickleham


Event Date Time Place
Gershwin Rehearsal Sat Feb 26th 10.00-12.00 DHMH
Beethoven Rehearsal Sat Feb 26th 1.00-3.00 DHMH

Beethoven Rehearsal

Sat Apr 2nd 10.00-12.00 DHGH

Gershwin Rehearsal

Sat Apr 2nd 1.00-3.00 DHGH

Beethoven Rehearsal

Fri 8th April 2.00-4.20 DHGH

Beethoven Mass in C Performance

Fri 8th April 7.30 DHGH
Gershwin Rehearsal

Saturday 9th April

2.00-4.20 DHGH
Gershwin Porgy & Bess Performance

Saturday 9th April

7.30 DHGH
Messiah Rehearsal Sunday May 1st 2.30 – 4.30 URC
Messiah Rehearsal Saturday May 7th 10.30 – 12.30 DHMH
Messiah Rehearsal Sunday May 15th 2.30 – 4.30 URC
Messiah Rehearsal Saturday May 21st 10.30 – 12.30 DHMH
Messiah Rehearsal Sunday May 29th 2.30 – 4.30 URC
Messiah Rehearsal Saturday June 11th 10.30am – 12.30 DHMH

Messiah Rehearsal

Sunday June 19th

2.30 – 3.45 DHGH

Handel's Messiah Concert

Sunday June 19

7.30 DHGH

Annual General Meeting

Friday 7th October