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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 2019 Fundraiser




by Gareth Giles Shalford MD & Leatherhead Accompanist

Saturday 27th April 2019
10 am - almost 10 pm at United Reformed Church, Epsom Road, Leatherhead.

Gareth Giles has generously offered to play organ, piano and electric piano for 12 hours in a relaxed Cafe atmosphere, culminating in an evening concert, to raise funds for the Festival.  You can support him by:

We need 2/3 people each hour to welcome supporters, take money and help organise refreshments.  Let Helen know if you would like to do this.

Details of the programme and how to join in will be on our website shortly.

WHILST ON THE TOPIC OF VOLUNTEERING, the Festival needs your help in sharing the workload in one of the following ways:

    If you enjoy making lists and have a large table, our Music Librarian Gill Moir needs you;
    Help spread the word about the Festival by managing our Facebook and Twitter accounts;
    Manage the distribution of Flyers and Posters;
    Write short Press Releases for local free magazines and entries in local 'What's On?' listings;
    and why not add to your enjoyment of the Festival by helping with Stewarding?

Let's all get behind Gareth - this is a tremendous undertaking on our behalf - and meanwhile I look forward to receiving many offers of help, both for the Playathon and more generally.  I'll pass them on to the right person.

Helen Mardell
Fundraising Coordinator
Phone: 01306 880061