1922. The Leith Hill Musical Festival was originally restricted to village choirs only but in 1922 Towns Day was introduced. Dorking Madrigal Society, the precursor to Dorking Choral Society, was formed in order to enter the Festival and it has participated in every Festival since that date. The adjudicator in 1922 was Gustav Holst, and DMS, under its first conductor Murray Morris, won the trophies for Male Voices, Female Voices (tie), Part Song and Quartet.
1923-24. With Adrian Boult and Malcolm Sargent as adjudicators, DMS achieved the highest aggregate of marks in both these years.
1926. Mr. H. Wardale became conductor and the Society was joint winner of Towns Day.
1929. The rules of DMS specified that each member must undergo a voice test every three years and must attend at least two-thirds of all rehearsals. From this year, voice tests were applied to new members only.
1930-31. DMS entered the Sutton and Cheam competition in these two years. In 1931 Mr. Wardale resigned and Gordon Jacob was appointed conductor, at a fee of 25 guineas. The subscription at this time was 10.6d.
1932. DMS usually held a concert near Christmas in these years. At the 1932 carol concert, tickets cost 1s and 2s.
1935. Gordon Jacob resigned and John Cruft was appointed as conductor. However, he also resigned suddenly and Mr. Wardale returned briefly before Reginald Goodall was appointed. The accompanist at this time was Ruth Dyson.
1936-37. Excellent results were achieved in the 1936 Festival under Reginald Goodall and it was hoped he would remain as conductor. However, other commitments forced him to send deputies and so William Cole was appointed instead.
1939-45. In 1939, the DMS decided to advertise in the Dorking Advertiser for more members. However in 1940 the AGM decided that, owing to the War, no real future plans could be made. Due to air raids and blackouts, rehearsals were held on Saturday afternoons in St. Martin’s Church Room. William Cole conducted and Vaughan Williams took some of the rehearsals. Summer sessions took place in the lighter evenings and there were performances at St. Martins, including ‘Messiah’, Vaughan Williams’ ‘Fantasia on Christmas Carols’, and no subscriptions, but members contributed 2s 6d towards room hire. In 1944, the Dorking Oriana choir joined with DMS until Christmas. There were no Leith Hill Festivals during the War.