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Reel Dorset (Folk)

Dorset's first folk group that teaches this fun and energetic genre to the next generation.


Musicians playing acoustic guitar, flute, recorder, violin, ukulele, accordion at grade 3 standard or above.

How to apply for membership

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. In 1983 Titch formed Black Sheep who still perform throughout Dorset. 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.


27 September 2015RehearsalBovington Park
18 October 2015RehearsalBovington Park
8 November 2015RehearsalBovington Park
22 November 2015RehearsalBovington Park
29 November 2015PerformanceBournemouth Christmas Market
13 December 2015Rehearsal and concertCorn Exchange, Dorchester - tickets on the door
10 January 2016RehearsalThomas Hardye School, Queen's Avenue, Dorchester DT1 2ET
7 February 2016RehearsalThomas Hardye School
13 March 2016RehearsalThomas Hardye School
19-20 March 2016Full rehearsal weekendSwanage
22 April 2016PerformanceCharity St George's Day Barn Dance, Corfe Mullen

Full Weekend Rehearsal

The season will end with a rehearsal weekend during March in preparation for the end of season concert. An option is available to turn the weekend into a residential for an additional charge of £100 which includes full board and accommodation.


Reel Dorset2.00pm - 4.30pm


Membership costs

Membership CostOne County GroupTwo County Groups
Basic Cost£160£235

We are aware that music costs can be challenging to cover, so please see our Funding Opportunities page which lists a variety of funding options and scholarships which we would encourage you to apply for if required.


Membership to Reel Dorset provides you with ten rehearsals and at least one performance opportunity during the year. There is a reduction for membership to two groups. There is a  remission policy (pdf, 123kb) (opens in a new window) that supports families in hardship and  Richard Ely Trust (opens in a new window) regularly supports membership of County Groups for Dorset's young people. Please contact the Dorset Music Service should you require assistance. Membership fees will be collected on or before the first rehearsal.

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