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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

Registered charity number 275176

Events and tickets


to celebrate and raise funds for Leith Hill Musical Festival

Special guest: Diana Moore, mezzo-soprano and a favourite soloist at the Festival, who will be singing in 'The Kingdom' this year, but also entertaining us on this special night.


There will be room for only 80 other guests at

The Barn Hall, Church Road, Bookham

where, for £30 and smart dress, you will receive:

  • cocktail and canapes

  • dinner #

  • dessert #

  • coffee

AND the unique opportunity of taking part in our 'Silent Auction'

# menu choices to be notified later, special dietary needs catered for

There will also be a pay bar and a raffle for a hamper to be donated by the choirs


  • Master of Ceremonies Ges Ray - our ebullient Vice-Chairman - (who will also conduct a traditional auction of 5 very desirable items)

  • Viewing of auction items during reception, when you will be allocated your own confidential bidding number

  • Helen Mardell, our Fundraising Coordinator, has already been promised some fabulous prizes (*), but if you have something to offer, please email her on fundraising@lhmf.org.uk

  • [this is not the same as our online Auction of Promises - see separate page on our website - which is running throughout March and April and concludes the day before our Gala Night]


  • throughout the evening you can write your number and bid (in silence) on cards next to each item you are interested in - there will be many (* a full list will be published here soon)

  • you can return at any time to see what other bids have been made and raise yours

  • Ges will call a halt at a pre-ordained moment and the lucky winners will be revealed

TICKETS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM 1 MARCH by emailing Gill Moir at  Div1Librarian@lhmf.org.uk or at Festival Combined Rehearsals.