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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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Friday 8th April 2022


Beethoven-Mass in C

Jonathan Willcocks-The Song of Mary

Vaughan Williams-Let all the world in every corner sing


Saturday 9th April 2022


Vaughan William-The old 100th

Bob Chilcott-A Little Jazz Mass

Gershwin (arr. Warnick)-Porgy and Bess Suit

John Rutter-Feel the spirit



Leith Hill Musical Festival – Friday April 8th, Saturday April 9th 2022

We have all come through very dark times in the past many months of the pandemic, but music will triumph and for the two Leith Hill Music Festival concerts there is a wealth of uplifting music to enjoy. Our choirs will come together to perform major works by Beethoven and our Festival Conductor Jonathan Willcocks (Friday April 8th), followed by the rhythmic vitality of Gershwin, Bob Chilcott and John Rutter (Saturday April 9th). 

2022 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams, the founder Conductor of the Festival, and each concert programme will begin and end with one of his short choral masterpieces.


Handel – Messiah, Sunday June 19th 2022

In the continuing tradition of performance each season of a major work by a choir drawn from all the Festival choirs (and also welcoming other singers), Sunday June 19th 2022 will feature the greatest of them all, Handel – Messiah. Enrolment to sing in this performance is now open and rehearsals will commence after Easter – do join us to perform with the wonderful professional ensemble Canzona and a brilliant quartet of soloists.

Tickets for all concerts are priced at £17 for stalls, £17 for Balcony and £24 for Bleachers and can only be booked through Dorking Halls Box office:

Please book your favourite seats early to avoid disappointment.