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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

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Events and tickets

March Concert

Messiah

Next year’s concert:

Sunday, 11th March 2018

Messiah

George Frideric Handel

Conductor: Jonathan Willcocks

If you are an independent singer - application form now available


We are joined for the performance by the wonderful baroque orchestra Canzona and a team of professional soloists. March 2018 will see a performance of Handel's Messiah, conducted by our  Festival Conductor, Jonathan Willcocks.

All singers are welcome, whether as a member of one of the Festival choirs or independently, so this is your chance to join in! Weekly rehearsals are held from January to March at the United Reformed Church Hall in Dorking on Friday evenings or Sunday afternoons, and are led by our Chorus Master, Ben Costello.

Jonathan writes;

    "MESSIAH is a work which many ' know' and relatively few can sing really well.

  Our rehearsals from January to March 2018 are not only to enable those who have not sung Messiah  before to learn the work, but also to focus the various experience within the combined choir into a really persuasive performing style.

Regardless how many times you have sung this great masterpiece, I hope the singers will only miss rehearsals if there is a pressing reason to do so. Ben and I will do our utmost to make every session really enjoyable and productive musically. Of greatest importance are the final rehearsals on the afternoon of Sat. March 10th and Sunday March 11th(the latter with orchestra) at which I expect everyone to sing. "

This is a very popular event and can be oversubscribed, so if you are interested in singing with us, please check the rehearsal schedule (by following the link below) and register as soon as possible:

If you are a member of one of the Festival choirs - speak to your Festival contact or choir secretary;