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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

LHMF – 2018 Repertoire

Sunday March 11th 2018

  Messiah - Handel

Thursday April 12th 2018: Green Division

(Bookham, Dorking, Holmbury St. Mary, Mickleham)


Beginning of concert: Parry – Jerusalem


Main work: Elgar – The Kingdom (Novello)


Madrigal: Stephen Chatman – Cuckoo (Waterloo)


Upper voices: Alan Bullard – Stocking and Shirt (OUP)


Lower voices: Sarah Quartel – Wide open spaces (OUP)


Part song: Nancy Wertsch – Ride on, King Jesus (OUP)


Ensemble: arr. Keith Willis – O Waly, Waly (MS)



Friday April 13th 2018: Blue Division

(Buckland and Betchworth, Beare Green and Newdigate, Horsley, Leatherhead)


Main works: Alexander L’Estrange – Songs of a Rainbow Nation (Faber)

Will Todd – Mass in Blue


Madrigal: Stephen Chatman – Come away sweet love (Waterloo)


Upper voices: Eleanor Daley – The Lake Isle of Innisfree (OUP)


Lower voices: Randall Thompson – Stopping by woods on a snowy evening (ECS)


Part song: Bob Chilcott – Buffalo Gals (OUP)


Ensemble: Vaughan Williams – Linden Lea (B and H)



Saturday April 14th 2018: Red Division

(Capel, Epsom, Oxshott, Shalford)


Beginning of concert: National Anthem

Main works: Vaughan Williams – Five Mystical Songs (Stainer and Bell)

John Rutter – Mass of the Children (OUP)


Madrigal: Stephen Chatman – Golden slumber kiss your eyes (Waterloo)


Upper voices: Janet Wheeler – The Deadwood Stage (Mazemusic)


Lower voices: Arnold Foster – O Sally, my dear (Novello)


Part song: Bob Chilcott – The Lily and the Rose (OUP)


Ensemble: Purcell – O God, the King of Glory (Novello)


End of Concert: arr. Vaughan Williams – God be with you till we meet again