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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


LHMF – 2020 Repertoire

Thursday April 16th 2020: Blue Division
(Buckland & Betchworth, Beare Green & Newdigate, Horsley, Leatherhead)

Main work:  Vaughan Williams – A Sea Symphony

                     Ensemble: Passereau – Il est bel et bon

Friday April 17th 2020: Red Division
(Capel, Epsom, Oxshott, Shalford)

Main work:  Mozart – Mass in C Minor

Ensemble: Finzi – My spirit sang all day

Saturday April 18th 2020: Green Division
(Bookham, Dorking, Holm. St. Mary, Mickleham)

Main works:  Richard Blackford – Mirror of Perfection
         Mendelssohn – Hear my prayer

              Ensemble: John Ireland – The hills


Come and Sing - Saturday 10th October

Feel the Spirit - John Rutter