Welcome to the Dorset Rural Music School

Welcome back for the Summer term 2022. Please note the following important dates for this term.

1st half of Summer term : Monday 25th April – Friday 27th May

Half term : Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June

2nd half of Summer term : Monday 6th June – Friday 22nd July

Early May Bank Holiday : Monday 2nd May

Spring / Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday : Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June

– 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.

The ‘Sing for Pleasure’ choir meets on Monday evenings 6.00 – 7.30 at the DRMS from Monday 25th April onwards.

Our Music Appreciation course ‘From Huntsman to Hero: the story of the horn in music‘ began on Wednesday 20th April, please see the

What’s On page for specific dates for each venue.

Please note – the Music Appreciation classes at Blandford Forum are currently postponed until the Autumn Term 2022.


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