Music Groups


The centre is home to its own acoustic music group as well as host to live bands, solo singers and concerts for a wide range of musical tastes and styles, from pop to classical throughout the year. These events involve both professional outside bookings and amateur musicians who come together for the centre’s own shows.

For bookings contact: Richard Longfoot 01747 828397 or email

For hirings contact Val Baker: 01747 854788 or email 

Palida A Cappella Choir

The well known Palida Choir meet each Tuesday from 7.30-9.30pm in the Rutter Room. They are a close harmony group singing group, covering folk, jazz, madrigals and anything else in between!

Cost is £7 per session.

Contact Karen Wimhurst on 01747 850978 or email

Pop along, or find out more info on their website:

Members of the Palida choir in action

Shaftesbury Ukulele Band

Classes run Tuesday evenings during school term times.

Everyone welcome (children to be accompanied by an adult).
Instruments provided

Beginners: 4.45 - 5.30, £5
Intermediates: 5.30 - 6.45, £6
Advanced: 6.45 - 7.15, £4
Discounts available for block bookings

Contact Robin Walter on 07824 552414 or email


 Music for children


Toddler Workshops

A musical session with dance, music and mime for 2.5 - 4.5 year olds, run by qualified and caring staff.

Runs Monday and Tuesday, 9.30-11am.
Contact Ros Shaw 07841 600432

Emma and the Magic Bag

Emma runs regular drop-in music sessions for pre-school children and babies
Tuesday mornings, two sessions, the first starting at 9.30 and the second at 10.15am.

Music, movement, singing, rhymes & FUN.

Fees are £5 per child per session (concessions on application and siblings are free).
No prior booking is necessary,

Payment is made direct to Emma, rather than the Arts Centre.
Contact: Emma House 07983 464202 , email


Have you been yet? It is definately worth it!

Come and tour a beautiful garden at 4 Boyne Mead, Great Lane, and help the Centre’s fundraising appeal.

By appointment only, by phoning 01747 855306
£5 for a couple or small family groups

We would love to introduce you to our judges for the 12 - 18yr old category for our talent show ' Take a Bow'

Head over to our website or facebook page to take a peek!

If you enjoyed our first virtual play reading, then keep your eyes peeled for more information on our second, which will be TUESDAY 28th July at 7.30pm!

#shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone

Another lovely introduction for you today from Shaftesbury Arts Centre. Meet the Trustees/Directors - Sue Cadmore

#shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone


Last weekend to see this colourful exhibition of art, craft and design. 'Creative & Brave' open all weekend inc. Sunday, to 14th July, 10am-4pm. Inspired by nature, the seaside, abstract imagination. @inDorsetuk @shaftesburytown #artforall #affordableart

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