We offer a range of activities alongside the regular lessons.

Our Singing for Pleasure choir meets in Blandford on Monday evenings; String Orchestra and Cello Club meet in Dorchester on Thursday evenings and there is also a Cello Club in Blandford on Friday evenings.

Music Appreciation courses take place every term in three centres:

Bridport : St Swithuns Church – Wednesday – 10.00 – 11.30

Dorchester ; The United Church – Wednesday – 14.00 – 15.30

Blandford : DRMS – Thursday – 14.15 – 15.45

See the Whats On page for details of this term’s course.

Our Singing for Pleasure choir is directed by Richard Hall.

Dorset Rural Music School, Blandford Forum. – Mondays 18.00 – 19.30

No audition is necessary and you don’t need to be able to read music – just turn up and enjoy exploring a wide variety of music.

String Groups

The String Groups are directed by Michael Moorsom, and meet in:

Durnovaria Band Hall, Kings Road, Fordington, Dorchester

String Orchestra : 2nd and 4th Thursdays – 18.00 – 19.30

Cello Club : 1st and 3rd Thursdays – 18.00 – 19.30

Cello Club: DRMS Blandford – Alternate Fridays – 19.30 – 21.00

Day Courses

Day Courses are held regularly for specific groups: string players, choral singers, chamber music players, guitarists etc.

See the What’s On page for forthcoming events.


There are regular Informal Concerts where students are encouraged to perform to one another and to parents and friends.

Professional Concerts are also presented, often featuring DRMS staff or former DRMS students who are now performers in their own right.


Click on the What’s On link or contact the Office for further details of any of these activities.