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Friends of Bryanston Music


 Welcome to Friends of Bryanston Music - Celebrating and Supporting Music at Bryanston 

As an Old Bryanstonian (Forrester 1966), I am delighted to have been asked by the school to be the Patron of Friends of Bryanston Music - a vibrant group open to all who enjoy music and recognise its importance to Bryanston and its community.

Sir Mark Elder CH, CBE

Bryanston has always placed the same level of importance on the arts as it has sport and academic studies, and this approach helped me and so many others discover and develop our passion for music. The Tom Wheare Music School is proof, if proof were needed, of that.

The breadth of music-making facilities and performance spaces within the Music School enable a wide range of performances to take place, from small, intimate concerts to the grander-scale Professional Concert Series.

On behalf of Bryanston and the Friends of Bryanston Music, I warmly invite you to come and enjoy a great and varied selection of performances by both talented Bryanston pupils and professional musicians.

Sir Mark Elder CH, CBE
Patron of Friends of Bryanston Music                  



As a member of Friends of Bryanston Music, you will receive termly newsletters 
updating you on events, including Live@bry.
Membership is free and open to all, simply complete the online registration form
You can also find out more on the Friends of Bryanston Music Facebook page.

Friends of Bryanston Music members are welcome to attend various events throughout the year.
The latest events for the 2020 spring term can be found listed below.



Weekly music events

Bryanston Choral Society
Meet every Tuesday during term time at 7.30pm
Elder Concert Hall

All are welcome to this community choir for North Dorset as we get underway for the new season. We will be rehearsing Mozart’s Coronation Mass.
If you would like to attend a session, please contact Sally Clarke at


Play and Listen Concerts
Every Thursday during term time, 1.35pm
John Eliot Gardiner Recital Room

A weekly opportunity for pupils who wish to try out new repertoire in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.
Free admission. Prior booking not required.

Forthcoming events


Friday 14 February, 7.30pm
Big Band Valentine's Jazz
Elder Concert Hall

Join us for a wonderful evening of romantic jazz with the legendary Bry Big Band and Head of Jazz, David Andrews.
Free admission. Prior booking not required.


Wednesday 26 February, 8.15pm
Guitarists' Showcase
John Eliot Gardiner Recital Room

Come and join us for a glass of wine and a relaxing 45 minutes of music from the finest Bryanston musicians.
Free admission. Prior booking not required.




Wednesday 4 March, 8.15pm
Ensembles Concert
Elder Concert Hall

A selection of the School's many musical ensembles present their term's work. 
Free admission. Prior booking not required.


Wednesday 18 March, 7.30pm
Spring Concert: Beethoven 250!

Christchurch Priory
St Nicolas Choir, Big Band and Choral Society.

This exciting evening of music includes works by Beethoven (celebrating the 250th anniversary of his birth), a song cycle by Alexander L'Estrange, and the World Premiere of A Swingin' Symphony for Big Band by Callum Au.
Open to the public. Tickets £12 (£10 concessions) or £8 and are available from Christchurch Priory on 01202 485804 or


Friday 20 March, 7.30pm
and Saturday 21 March, 7.30pm
Animal Farm

Coade Hall

Come and see the Junior Drama Society's production of Animal Farm, an adaptation by Peter Hall of George Orwell's classic novel.
Free admission but prior booking is required at


Wednesday 25 March, 7.30pm
Senior Music Scholars' Concert

St Mary's Church, Sturminster Newton

After a hugely successful fundraising concert last year, the Sixth Form Music Scholars return to present a concert of popular solos.
Tickets are available at the door, in aid of the church fabric.

Screenings from the
 Royal Opera House at the Coade Hall

These performances are open to the public and tickets can be purchased through online booking at

Sunday 22 March, 2pm
Opera: Fidelio

Wednesday 1 April, 7.15pm
Ballet: Swan Lake

Friday 24 April, 7pm
Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci

Thursday 28 May, 7.15pm
Ballet: The Dante Project