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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;

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Registered charity number 275176

Events and tickets

Come and Sing

Verdi Requiem

Donations and Bequests

Leith Hill Musical Festival is a registered charity founded in 1905, the purpose of which is essentially musical education. This is pursued by running competitions for adult and youth choirs and by putting on concerts. This educates the performers and (hopefully) the listeners, as well as raising standards. To do this effectively, concerts need to be of a good standard and the Festival employs a professional conductor, Jonathan Willcocks, professional orchestras and soloists.

However to charge the full sustainable cost would defeat the object of educating the public because the concerts would become out of the price bracket many people could afford. The Festival's financial aim is to maintain sufficient reserves to stay in business, but this means that fundraising is needed throughout the year.

The Festival is very grateful to all those who have helped, and continue to help its work through their generous donations. Donations or bequests in wills can be made either to the Festival or to the LHMF Trust. As both are registered charities, bequests to either are entirely fee of tax, while Gift Aid form here enables tax to be recovered on life-time gifts. The Festival (charity registered number 275176) will generally use your money to meet day to day requirements. Please contact the Hon Treasurer Email: treasurer@lhmf.org.uk for more information.