Welcome to the Dorset Rural Music School

We are currently closed for the Summer holidays. Please note Autumn term dates.

1st half of Autumn term : Monday 12th September – Friday 21st October

Half term : Monday 24th October – Friday 28th October

2nd half of Autumn term : Monday 31st October – Friday 16th December

– OPENING HOURS – The school office is manned Monday to Friday 10am – 3pm during term time. At other times please leave a telephone message or send us an email, we might be teaching when you call so always leave a message and we will respond as soon as we can. Lessons are by appointment 7 days a week during term time, daytime and evening.

NEW – You can now sign up for our classes and activities by using our new online booking system

Click here to book online now

The ‘Sing for Pleasure’ choir meets on Monday evenings 6.00 – 7.30 at the DRMS from Monday 12th September onward

Our brilliant Music Appreciation course with Ian Lowes, titled

Bruckner: The Symphonies; A very musical journey on an epic scale.

begins the week of 19th September. We welcome you to attend the course in Blandford, Sherborne or Bridport.

Please visit the What’s On page for specific dates for each venue.


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Ellen Marsden as our new director of the Dorset Rural Music School.

A former pupil of Chetham’s School of Music, Ellen graduated from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama as an Oboist, playing professionally for many years in leading orchestras in the UK and abroad; she was Principal Oboe of the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville for five years, latterly becoming Principal Cor Anglais in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra where she remained for nine years. In 2009, Ellen was appointed Director of Music at Sherborne Preparatory School, she later progressed to become a freelance Creative Project Manager and Producer developing large scale Schools and Community projects in the South West. Ellen has been living in North Dorset since 2000 and knows the county and its musical scene well. We are delighted to have secured her services and are confident that she will lead DRMS forward into an exciting future without losing sight of our original aims and ethos.

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato