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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

Registered charity number 275176

March Concert


Sunday, 8th March 2020

B Minor Mass

              J.S. Bach              


     Conductor: Jonathan Willcocks

                  Helena Moore  (soprano)                    

                 Amy Holyland (contralto)                   

            Aaron Godfrey-Mayes (tenor)             

               Michael Ronan (bass)               

Jonathan Willcocks will conduct the internationally-acclaimed baroque orchestra Canzona, with rising stars of the concert platform as soloists and an amateur choir expertly trained by our chorus master Ben Costello. The accompanist for the rehearsals will be Festival Accompanist, Jean Douglas Tutt.

There are rehearsals on Saturdays or Sundays and culminating in the performance at the Dorking Halls on the evening of Sunday 8 March 2020.  The rehearsals are in Dorking, and a full schedule of places, dates and times is on our website here.  You will be expected to attend most of these rehearsals and must attend the last two.