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Conductor and broadcaster Brian Kay.

Brian is an old friend of Dorking Halls, conducting the prestigious Leith Hill Musical Festival here each spring.

He said: "To stand where Vaughan Williams stood (and even to conduct from his own antique music stand) is a very special moment for me each year and Dorking Halls provides the perfect venue for a festival involving so many people - 700 singers and a full house three nights running.

"The special atmosphere in the Halls gives the festival a real buzz - all the more so since the building was refurbished. It feels to me like home-from-home and my three festival days here every year are a major highlight. Long may our happy association continue."

Brian Kay divides his time between broadcasting and appearances on the concert circuit. Many will know him from his Light Programme on BBC Radio 3, and Radio 2's long-running series, Friday Night is Music Night.

He was also the bass singer for the King's Singers, with whom he made countless recordings and live concert appearances around the world.