What’s On

The DRMS Singing for Pleasure choir & The Occasional Singers…

  • Church of St Peter & St Paul, BLandford
  • Sunday 8 July 2018
  • 19:00

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 20 October 2017
  • Church of St John the Evangelist, Tolpuddle
  • 19:00
  • 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
  • 18:30
  • Tickets £12.50 (to include wine and canapés)

Music Appreciation Classes
led by Dr Richard Hall

This term’s music appreciation course is entitled:

Songs of many types

  • 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)
  • 19:00
  • 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