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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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Events and tickets

Come and Sing

Festival Update

Diary

The following are the Festival events currently scheduled in the diary.

PS is the The Priory School, West Bank, Dorking RH4 3DG

URC is the United Reform Church Hall, 55 West Street, Dorking, RH4 1BS.

DH is the Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SG.

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

* other venues notified elsewhere

                             All dates are provisional

 

Event Date Time Place
2021

Annual General Meeting

 Friday 1st October  20.00  DCC

Come and Sing  - Verdi’s Requiem

 Saturday 16th October  9.30am  DH
2022

Handel's Messiah Concert

Sunday 6th March    DH

2 Day Festival

Friday 8th and

Saturday 9th April

   DH