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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Come and Sing
'The Armed Man - a Mass for Peace'
Sat, 5 October 2019
10:30 - 16:45
The Priory School, Dorking RH4 3DG
The multi-talented broadcaster and musician Brian Kay is coming to Dorking to host a 'come and sing' event as part of the Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival.
The special work chosen for the day is Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man - a Mass for Peace' and participants will be taken through every style and mood of this unique piece before performing it informally at the end of the day.
Brian expects we will sing the entire work and will have the assistance of pianist Robin Baggs.
The event is organised by the Leith Hill Musical Festival, of which Brian Kay is the President (and was formerly its conductor for 20 years).
REGISTRATION from 09.30
MUSIC TO BORROW FOR THE DAY IS INCLUDED (but if bringing your own, please bring only the full vocal score - the shorter Choral Suite will be insufficient).
Go to Eventbrite for more info and the only place to buy tickets.