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

–  NEW OPENING HOURS – The school office is now 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 will resume after Easter, 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‘ will continue from 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.

The Dorchester Music Appreciation class will resume on Wednesday 25th May 2022.


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Ellen Marsden as our 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.

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