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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Sunday, 10th March 2019
St John Passion
Conductor: Jonathan Willcocks
Jessica Cale Soprano
Julia Martinez Contralto
James Oxley Tenor
Kieran Carrel Tenor
Hugo Herman-Wilson Bass, Christus
Ossian Huskinson Bass
Singers Dress code
Women, self coloured black tops with long sleeves, either full length long black skirts or full length long black trousers.
Men, dinner jackets, black bow tie, white dress shirts and please no coloured braces.
Saturday 9th March 2pm for 2.30 start Dorking Halls.
Sunday 10th March 2pm for 2.30 start Dorking Halls, finish 4pm
Concert, line up 7.10pm