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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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Last Season's Music

Music for the 2017 Festival

Sunday 12 March

St Matthew Passion (Bach)

Division 3 Thursday 6 April

Main works: Parry – Blest pair of sirens and Vaughan Williams – Dona nobis pacem

Madrigal: Greaves – Come away, sweet love

Lower voices: Eric Whitacre – Seal Lullaby

Upper voices: arr Paul Ayres – O waly waly

Part song: Peter Aston – Alleluya Psallat

Ensemble: arr. Nina Gilbert – I got a robe

Division 1 Friday 7 April

Main work: Mendelssohn – Elijah

Madrigal: Morley – Sing we and chant it

Lower voices: Copland – I bought me a cat

Upper voices: Mendelssohn – Lift thine eyes

Part song: Mendelssohn – For he shall give his angels

Ensemble: Mendelssohn – He that shall endure to the end


Division 2 Saturday 8 April

Main works: Andrew Carter – Benedicite and Haydn – Little Organ Mass

Madrigal: Farmer - Fair Phyllis I saw sitting all alone

Lower voices: arr. Paul Ayres – Marianne

Upper voices: Howells – Piping down the valleys wild

Part song: Alan Bullard – Love on my heart from heaven fell

Ensemble: Harold Darke – To Daffodils