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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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Thursday April 11th 2019: Red Division (Capel, Epsom, Oxshott, Shalford)

 
Main works:    Hummel – Mass in Bb                                                                         
William Godfree – Requiem                                       
 
Madrigal:               Morley – April is in my mistress’ face                                                                   
 
Upper voices:      arr. Michael Neaum – The water of Tyne                                     
 
Lower voices:       Janet Wheeler: Seventy-Three **  composition competition runner up                                                        
 
Part song:              Britten – Old Joe has gone fishing                                                   
 
Ensemble:             arr. David Stone – Dance to your Daddy                                    

 

Friday April 12th 2019: Green Division (Bookham, Dorking, Holmbury St. Mary, Mickleham)
 
Main works:    Alan Bullard – Travelling Tales                                                   
Carl Orff – Carmina Burana                                                            
 
Madrigal:               Wilbye – Lady, when I behold                                                                    
 
Upper voices:      David Willcocks – Who is Sylvia?                                                                       
 
Lower voices:      ‘In taberna’ (no. 14 from Carmina Burana)                            

 
Part song:              Malcolm Archer – The River of the Water of Life                     
 
Ensemble:             Andrew Carter – Two for the price of one                                    
 

Saturday April 13th 2019: Blue Division

(Buckland and Betchworth, Beare Green and Newdigate, Horsley, Leatherhead)
 
Main works:    J.S.Bach – Magnificat                                                 
                        Haydn – The Creation (pts 1 and 2)                            
 
Madrigal:  Wilbye – Flora gave me fairest flowers                                                    
 
Upper voices:  Vaughan Williams – Silent Noon                                                        
 
Lower voices:  Charles West – A Poison Tree     ** composition competition winner                                                             
 
Part song:  Samuel Barber – Sure on this shining night                                         
Ensemble:  Elgar – O happy eyes                                                                         

A great choral work which has not been performed at the Festival for many years is J S Bach – Mass in B minor. After discussion, the Music Committee decided that (to enable singers from across the whole LHMF community to be able to take part) this work would be performed in March 2020, intruding into the established cycle for Passions and Messiah