Dorset Rural Music School

Keeping Dorset in tune since 1947


70 Glorious Years!!  

Page updated October 2017

2017 marks seventy years since the founding of the Dorset Rural Music School and a full programme of events is 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.    
This page of the website will tell the unfolding history of DRMS and will be regularly updated to keep you abreast of anniversary events.    

DRMS Concert    
Senior students and staff will be taking 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.
  • Sunday 29 October 2017
  • Church of St Peter & St Paul, Blandford
  • 15:00

Church of St Peter & St Paul

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)

We are inviting SINGERS to help us celebrate this auspicious milestone by joining us in a ‘scratch’ performance of ...

Handel: Messiah
  • Saturday 16 September 2017
  • The United Church, South Street, Dorchester
  • Rehearse: 14:30 - 17:30
  • Performance: 19:00 - 21:00
  • Cost £12.50 (to include tea and cake)  |  School students £5
  • Audience £5

If any singers would like to tackle any of the solo numbers, either alone or in a small group, please let us know well in advance.


If you are interested in taking part, please contact:

DRMS, The Close, Blandford DT11 7HA | 01258 452 511 | drmsblandford@gmail.com


Piano Recital - Duncan Honeybourne    
Duncan will play music by Bach, Byrd, d'Anglebert and Chopin on the newly restored Steinway piano.  The recital will also feature music for the newly acquired harpsichord.
  Duncan Honeybourne
  • Saturday 22 July 2017
  • Dorset Rural Music School
  • 19:30
  • Tickets £10 (Friends of the DRMS £8) to include wine and savoury nibbles
Space is limited so please book early.   Download poster

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
  • Sunday 16 July 2017
  • Briantspuddle Village Hall
  • 15:00
  • Tickets £7.50 (to include tea and cake)

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Dorset Rural Music School, The Close, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 7HA  |  ( 01258 452511

Director: Dr Richard Hall BA PhD.  Dorset Rural Music School is a registered charity  - No 306231