As from Monday 6th September the Music School will be open for individual lessons.

We are observing guidelines and directives with care: only the large rooms are being used, ventilation is good, instruments are sanitised and there is gel available for hands and masks/visors are being worn. For those who prefer, lessons on skype and zoom are still available.

If you haven’t been in touch with your teacher direct about restarting lessons, then do email or ring 01258 452511. The same applies of course if you are thinking of starting lessons.

The ‘Sing for Pleasure’ choir will be meeting on Monday evenings 6.00 – 7.30 from 13th September onwards.

Our Music Appreciation courses will be restarting at the beginning of October in Ringwood on Monday mornings 10.00 – 12.00, Bridport on Wednesday mornings 10.00 – 12.00, Dorchester Wednesday afternoons 2.00 – 3.30 and at DRMS Thursday afternoons 2,15 – 3.45. This term we will be looking at ‘Composers in Context’, eight figures from different periods and countries who were strongly influenced by the environments in which they lived and worked.

The sales and library divisions are operating as usual.

Thank goodness for music to bolster our spirits at this deeply disturbing time!


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

Trained at Chethams and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Ellen played professionally for many years in leading orchestras in the UK and abroad; she was the Principal Cor Anglais in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for some time. More recently she has turned to teaching both in schools and privately and has also been the prime mover in some interesting large scale educational and performance projects. She has been living in North Dorset for some time 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.