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!

VACANCY – Director of Music

After nearly two decades in post, Richard Hall is retiring as our Director. We are looking for a replacement to take over at New Year.

The following is the advertisement which is currently being distributed.

Dorset Rural Music School is seeking a new director to take up office in January 2022.

DRMS (the last of the Rural Music Schools left standing) is a well-established independent music school operating from its own recently refurbished premises in Blandford Forum. It provides tuition in a wide variety of musical disciplines to students of all ages and at all stages of development. Most teaching is delivered ‘in house’ by visiting teachers;; but there is some work out in schools and group work across the county is offered in the form of ensembles, music appreciation classes and day courses. The school also houses a retail department and a very large music library and is the local centre for ABRSM and Trinity College exams. DRMS is a registered charity whose affairs are overseen by a board of governors.

The director’s duties mix administration with teaching. Under the former heading falls the organisation of a varied programme of teaching and other activity to a professional standard as well as the overseeing of the day-to-day running of the building. Help in this area is provided by a part-time administrative assistant. It is expected that the director will also carry out individual teaching in whatever disciplines he/she can offer. Good keyboard ability is essential as is the ability to deliver extra-mural tuition in the form of music appreciation classes and day courses, The school is not without funds but, as it is financially independent, there is need for the director to explore new funding channels and sources of revenue.

A basic salary to cover administration is offered, to be augmented by teaching.

Applications with CVs are sought to arrive not later than Friday October 8th. It is envisaged that interviews will,be conducted and the appointment made by the beginning of November.

DRMS, The Close, Blandford Forum DT11 7HA