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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Our April Festival is currently planned for the 8th & 9th April, and on Friday 8th April we would like to welcome you to join us as members of an Independents' Choir, separately rehearsed, but joining with Festival Choirs (Dorking, Epsom, Leatherhead, Oxshott & Capel) for this concert.
The works to be sung are:
Beethoven Mass in C
J Willcocks The Song of Mary
Vaughan Williams Let All the World in Every Corner Sing
Details on how to join in are HERE.