We enjoy performing and we have some very interesting performance venues! 

Emily Burridge Mellow cello Concert

“Bach & At the turning of the World”

27th April 2024, 7pm

St Mary's Church, Shroton, Iwerne Courtney, DT11 8RF

Tickets £12.00 on the door and on Eventbrite

Emily Burridge is a virtuoso cellist, whose deft improvisational and composing skills create sublime music, fluidly crossing genres.

Emily specialises in performing the suites for unaccompanied cello by JS Bach and then furthering the solo cello repertoire she integrates looping technology operated with her feet enables her to multitrack rhythms and harmonies .This process has revolutionised her love of playing the cello resulting in solo programs of exciting and innovative new music. Her music reflects her love of our natural environment and in the hands of Emily the cello becomes a voice for her personal experiences as she amalgamates melodies, rhythms and sounds from her field recordings.

'Caprice of Fancy,'

Music by Masters of the Classical Era series

Summer 2024 

13th June : Museum of East Dorset

19th June : Dorset Rural Music School

Free entry, Donations welcomed, refreshments provided.

Violinist, Emma-Marie Kabanova and Guitarist, Colin Thompson perform music by Masters of the Classical Era, exploring the life and times that created legendary Violinist and Guitarist, Nicolo Paganini.

cartoon of two men playing stringed instruments

Thursday Market Day lunchtime music series

Blandford Parish Church, 1.30pm

Pay what you can afford, all welcome.

Music while you Lunch.

Take a breather from Market Day and enjoy Live performance with your butties.

2024 Summer term dates for this ever popular series to be announced shortly.



Folk who Walk

Subject to weather conditions, £10 cash per adult, under 18s free.

Doggies on leads welcome !

Bring a water bottle, stout walking boots and a hat if hot. Walkers are responsible for their own sure-footedness. Refreshemnts are not included.
Each walk is about 2.5 miles and takes around 2 hours, with frequent stops for songs.

Following our hugely successful Summer 2023 stroles, join Dorset-born folk singer Alastair Simpson for a countryside walk accompanied by traditional folk songs from the county and further afield.

Many folk songs belong in the outdoors, especially when they tell stories of the people who live and work there. Alastair is becoming known for his unaccompanied singing of traditional and modern folk songs, and is a lover of the Dorset countryside and the Nature which inhabits it. These walks will take in some beautiful scenery, bringing an opportunity to learn something of countryside ways, as well as meeting with the past to hear these old songs.


26th May: Hambledon Hill
Meet at the trig.point atop the hill, ST84 8123

2nd June: Buckland Newton Meet at the Gaggle of Geese, DT2 7BS

9th June: Pamphill
Meet by the National Trust car park next to the school. BH21 4EE
drinks in the Vine Inn afterwards.

16th June: West Lexington
2pm, meet by the Farm Shop, DT2 8TN
With Tamarisk Farm. Tea and homemade cake afterwards.

23rd June: Chaldon Herring
Meet on the village green, DT2 8TN
NO parking at the pub - Drinks in the Sailor's Return afterwards.

30th June: Ansty
Meet at the front of The Fox Inn, DT2 7PN
Drinks in The Fox afterwards.

7th July: Dorchester|Meet at John's Pond, nr Hangman's Cottage. DT1 1YB
Drinks in the Convivial Rabbit micro pub afterwards.

Man singing in forest

'Birds and Beasts'

Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson

SPRING 2024 19th April 7.30pm

Venue: The Dorset Rural Music School

Pay what you can afford, all welcome.

As part of our Music and Local Heritage series, Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson perform Dorset folk songs, poetry and stories from Dorset for a Springtime gathering.
Not to be missed, book early for this very special celebration of our Dorset Folk heritage.
Please book via the school email as seats are limited.

Calm scene of lake with trees and dappled sunlight

Share a Tune !

Come along and share your latest tune with family and friends.

Dates coming soon so get preparing !

All Share a Tunes at 10am in the Recital Room.

This is the perfect opportunity to play a new piece, however long or short, whether you are a Beginner or a Professional, these are always happy times to make new friends and reconnect with each other.

Welcome to all Share a Tuners for 2024!

Venue: The Dorset Rural Music School

Tell your teacher if you would like to play, or simply come along on the day for this 45 minute session to hear your friends.
Tea, juice and cookies 🙂


We are so excited for the year ahead ......

check our What's On calendar regularly to keep up with events and opportunities .....