2017 marked seventy years since the founding of the Dorset Rural Music School and a full programme of events was planned in celebration of this major landmark, including concerts by past and current students and staff as well as our distinguished patrons, further Dorset Island Disc sessions, a quiz to test your knowledge of both Dorset and music, and of course a party.

Senior students and staff took part in a programme designed to demonstrate our group work with contributions from, amongst others, the Singing for Pleasure choir and the Dorchester String Orchestra.

The concert took place on Sunday 29 October 2017 at the Church of St Peter & St Paul, Blandford.

Workshop on glees and catches | Now We Are Met

Partsongs from the 18th and 19th centuries full of wit and political satire. This was led by Chris Price, an old friend of DRMS and something of a world expert on this intriguing area of English music.

Primarily for singers, players were welcome too to help explore this technically not-too-demanding repertoire.

This event took place on Saturday 21 October 2017 at the Dorset Rural Music School, Blandford.

Dorset Island Discs

Local musicians introduce works which have shaped their careers.

Richard Hall – Director of the Dorset Rural Music School – in conversation with Chris Price

This event took place on Friday 20 October 2017 at Church of St John the Evangelist, Tolpuddle.

John Young – High Sheriff of Dorset – in conversation

We have by no means exhausted all the local musicians willing to be cast away in our Desert Island Discs series, but we are looking beyond the music desk or the organ loft to include people from other walks of life who have an interesting tale to tell and a catholic taste in music.

John Young certainly fits both these categories; his life has ranged from service in Northern Ireland in the teeth of the ‘troubles’ to work in Dorset, thirty years as a magistrate and now filling the role of High Sheriff. His musical tastes are equally wide-ranging from Peter Grimes to Danny Kaye!

This event took place on Friday 6 October 2017 at The Tithe Barn, Hinton St Mary.

We invited singers to help us celebrate this auspicious milestone by joining us in a ‘scratch’ performance of …Handel Messiah.

Saturday 16 September 2017 at The United Church, South Street, Dorchester.

Piano Recital – Duncan Honeybourne

This recital took place on Saturday 22 July 2017 at the Dorset Rural Music School.

Duncan played music by Bach, Byrd, d’Anglebert and Chopin on the newly restored Steinway piano.  The recital also featured music for the newly acquired harpsichord.

Dorset Island Discs

Local musicians introduce works which have shaped their careers

Richard Hall – Director of the Dorset Rural Music School – in conversation with Chris Price.

This event took place on Sunday 16 July 2017 at Briantspuddle Village Hall.