What’s On

The Rest of Term 2019

Music Appreciation Classes in Bridport, Dorchester, Ringwood, and at DRMS continue from the 5th November until the end of the month. We shall be continuing to explore the richness of 19th century Romantic music.

The ‘Sing for Pleasure’ choir continues its Monday evening meetings from 4th November aiming for performances at the Civic Carol Service in the Parish Church on the 6th December and carol singing at Kingston Lacy the following week.

On 7th November DRMS will be hosting an improvisation masterclass with Tim Klipous.

Staff and students will be performing at the Mayors ‘last Night of the Proms’ concert in the Corn Exchange on Friday 15th November.

On Tuesday 19th November the Blandford Literary Festival will be holding a poetry reading at DRMS – we are delighted that our newly refurbished premises are starting to prove an attractive venue for arts events other than concerts.

For the New Year be on the lookout for our next Dorset Island Discs session with Dorchester musician Peter Oakes and a murder mystery evening with a musical twist at DRMS – and much more to come.

Keep Checking back ………

The DRMS Singing for Pleasure choir & The Occasional Singers.

Church of St Peter & St Paul, BLandford

Sunday 8 July 2018


Workshop on Glees and Catches

Now We Are Met

Partsongs from the 18th and 19th centuries full of wit and political satire. This will be 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 would be welcome too to help explore this technically not-too-demanding repertoire.

Saturday 21 October 2017

Dorset Rural Music School

10:00 – 16:30

£12.50 (school students £5.00)

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

Friday 20th October 2017

Church of St John the Evangelist, Tolpuddle


Tickets £7.50 (to include a glass of wine)

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!

Friday 6 October 2017

The Tithe Barn, Hinton St Mary


Tickets £12.50 (to include wine and canapés)

Music Appreciation Classes
led by Dr Richard Hall

With piano, in chamber music, with orchestra

Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century

Folk songs, art songs

German, French, Italian, English, Russian, American

Serious, amorous, light-hearted

The course will run for eight weeks from 5 October to 23 November 2017.


Dorset Rural Music School, The Close, Blandford (opposite the Methodist Church)

Thursday afternoons

14:15 – 15:45

The cost will be £55 for the whole course  (£50 for DRMS Friends) and £8.00 per individual meeting.

As always new members are welcome at any stage of the course.

Julian Phillips | Boogie Woogie Suite 

Sunday 15 July 2018 @ 19:00

Informal performance of foot tapping blues and boogie woogie piano.

There will be a bar.

Dorset Rural Music School, The Close, Blandford, DT11 7HA

every 3rd Sunday (excluding July and August)


Cost £5.00 available at the door

Singing for Pleasure Choir

New venue – Dorset Rural Music School!!

Monday evenings

6.00 – 7.30pm during term time

String Orchestra

Durnovaria Band Hall (The Old Methodist Church), Kings Road, Fordington, Dorchester

2nd and 4th Thursday

6.00 – 7.30pm

Cello Club

Directed by Michael Moorsom


Durnovaria Band Hall (The Old Methodist Church), Kings Road, Fordington

1st and 3rd Thursdays

6.00 – 7.30pm

Blandford Cello Club

Directed by Michael Moorsom

Dorset Rural Music School

Alternate Fridays

7.30 – 9.00pm