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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

Events and Tickets



April Concerts

The 2021 Leith Hill Musical Festival will be held on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 April 2021 (provided the Covid-19 situation permits it). It will consist of two evening concerts but there will be no choral competitions. The programmes for the two concerts will be as follows:

Friday 16 April 2021: Beethoven - Mass in C; Jonathan Willcocks - The Song of Mary


Saturday 17 April 2021: Bob Chilcott – A Little Jazz MassGershwin – Porgy and Bess Suite; John Rutter – Feel the Spirit


The Festival Choirs performing in these concerts will be:


Friday 16 April 2021 Beethoven/Jonathan Willcocks:  Capel, Dorking, Epsom, Leatherhead, Oxshott, Shalford + Independents Choir


Saturday 17 April 2021Bob Chilcott/Gershwin/John Rutter Beare Green and Newdigate, Bookham, Buckland and Betchworth, Holmbury St. Mary, Horsley, Mickleham