What’s On

Sadly the corona virus has of course considerably curtailed our activities. But as soon as guidelines permit, we shall be resuming normal teaching and there are plans afoot for Dorset Island Discs with Walter Brewster, a study day for chamber music players and a further visit from Dr. Chris Price.

Keep a lookout for further details.

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.


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