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Reel Dorset (Folk)

Dorset's first youth folk group that teaches this fun and energetic genre to young musicians in Dorset.

Reel Dorset play a selection of jigs, reels, polkas and hornpipes typical in traditional folk music, although some modern 'cool' riffs and breaks are included to spice up the ears. Reel Dorset formed in 2014 and is led by folk musician Richard 'Titch' Roberts, band leader of Black Sheep. Reel Dorset have performed at St George's Ceilidh, Corfe Mullen, the Christmas Market in Bournemouth, the Mash Up Festival and the Lighthouse Theatre.

Instrument playing standard

Musicians playing any of these instruments at Grade 3 level or above:

  • acoustic guitar
  • flute
  • recorder
  • violin
  • ukulele
  • accordion
  • drum kit
  • bass guitar

How to apply for membership of Reel Dorset 

Please complete the form to apply for membership:

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Conductor - Richard 'Titch' Roberts

Titch has been playing violin since the age of eight. At 17 he joined a Medieval Group touring London and the south and in 1983 Titch formed Black Sheep who still perform throughout Dorset and beyond. Other musical collaborations have ranged from punk to pop. Since 2004 Titch has worked exclusively developing Sonic Violins meeting and working for many of his musical influences from Swarbrick to Kennedy. He now adds the leadership of Dorset's first county Folk Group 'Reel Dorset' to his repertoire.

Rehearsal details for Reel Dorset

Dates and costs for 2018 to 2019 season

Membership costs £40 per term

Inclusive membership for young people

Membership applications are open to all young people in full time education under the age of 21. A 50% reduction in membership fees along with limited fully funded membership is available for students attending a Dorset local authority maintained school or academy if the parent/guardian is in receipt of certain benefits. Contact us at the Dorset Music Service for more information.

Help with Dorset Music Service fees

We can offer financial help of up to 50% for:

  • our instrument tuition
  • our instrument hire
  • county ensemble membership fees

You could get help if your child:

  • is eligible for free school meals
  • attends a Dorset school or academy
  • is having instrument tuition in a group or a pair
  • is learning one instrument

Find out about help with music fees from Dorset Music Service and how to apply.

Dates for 2019 to 2020

Sunday 29 September 2019 midday to 2pm rehearsal The Blandford School
Sunday 20 October 2019 midday to 2pm rehearsal The Blandford School
Sunday 24 November 2019 midday to 2pm rehearsal The Blandford School
Sunday 15 December 2019 rehearsal: 10am concert: 1.30pm rehearsal and winter concert The Blandford School
Sunday 19 January 2020 midday to 2pm rehearsal The Blandford School
Sunday 9 February 2020 midday to 2pm rehearsal The Blandford School
Sunday 1 March 2020 midday to 2pm  rehearsal The Blandford School
Sunday 29 March 2020 rehearsal: 10am
recital: 2pm
rehearsal and spring recital Herrison Hall,
Charlton Down
Sunday 26 April 2020 midday to 2pm rehearsal The Blandford School
Sunday 17 May 2020 midday to 2pm  rehearsal  The Blandford School
Sunday 14 June 2020 midday to 2pm rehearsal The Blandford School
Sunday 12 July 2020 rehearsal: 1pm
concert: 5.30pm
rehearsal and summer showcase Lytchett Minster School

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