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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

2021 Music Programme

 Saturday March 7th
J S Bach - St. Matthew Passion

Thursday April 15th 2021

Yellow Division: Buckland and Betchworth, Capel, Dorking, Horsley
Jonathan Dove – The passing of the year
Bob Chilcott – A Little Jazz Mass
Gershwin  – Porgy and Bess Suite

(Ensemble: Holst – Swansea town)
Friday April 16th 2021
Purple Division: Leatherhead, Mickleham, Oxshott, Shalford
Beethoven – Mass in C
Beethoven – Choral Fantasia

(Ensemble: Stanford – When Mary through the garden went)
Saturday April 17th 2021
Orange Division: Beare Green & Newdigate, Bookham, Epsom, Holmbury St. Mary
Elgar – The Musicmakers
Vaughan Williams – Toward the unknown region

(Ensemble: Moeran – The Sailor and young Nancy)

As for this coming 2020 Festival, choir conductors will be able to choose their own repertoire for the Competitions, within the established sections of:
A piece with accompaniment
A piece sung unaccompanied
A piece written by a living composer
Excerpt(s) from the major work(s) being performed in the evening concert, which will be announced to choirs two weeks before the Festival.