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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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Photos of Youth Day

Saturday 16 March 2019

If you click on the photos you will see an enlarged version which, for an award-winning choir, will also show their award. In each class there is a winner and, in the first three classes, there are some Adjudicator's choices for other performances of special merit.

Photographs of all the choirs have been sent to choir leaders, so please contact them for copies.

 Class 1 - 7 years and under choirs

Class 2 - 7 years and under large choirs

Class 3 - eleven years and under, small choirs

Class 4 - 11 years and under large choirs

Class 5 - 13 years and under choirs

Class 6 - 18 years and under Choirs