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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. In 2016 Reel Dorset performed at St George's Ceilidh, Corfe Mullen and the Christmas Market in Bournemouth and will be performing this July at our Mash Up Festival.


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

How 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


Sunday 11 September 2016Rehearsal

The Blandford School

Milldown Road, Blandford Forum DT11 7SQ

Sunday 9 October 2016RehearsalThe Blandford School
Sunday 6 November 2016RehearsalThe Blandford School
Sunday 4 December 2016Rehearsal & ConcertThe Blandford School
Sunday 8 January 2017RehearsalThe Blandford School
Sunday 5 February 2017RehearsalThe Blandford School
Sunday 5 March 2017RehearsalThe Blandford School
Sunday 2 April 2017RehearsalThe Blandford School
Sunday 7 May 2017RehearsalThe Blandford School
Sunday 2 July 2017RehearsalThe Blandford School
Thursday 6 July 2017Rehearsal & Concert

The Lighthouse, Poole

21 Kingland Road, Poole BH15 1UG

Tickets available at: Schools Orchestra Extravaganza Ticket Sales (opens in a new window)


Reel Dorset2.00pm to 4.30pm

Membership costs

At a local authority maintained school or academy (including home education) *£185.00
At an independent school£365.00

* The membership fee is supported by the Arts Council England.

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. Enquiries can be made to the Dorset Music Service.

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