Welcome to the 50th NORVIS Early Music Summer School

We look forward to welcoming you to a wonderful NORVIS in 2022 after two years break as a result of COVID. The course will run from Saturday 30th July – Saturday 6th August 2022.

NORVIS is an annual full week-long early music summer school in County Durham which we’re proud to describe as one of the UK’s longest-established and friendliest early music summer schools.  We will celebrate our Golden Jubilee as we move to a fine new venue at Barnard Castle School, next door to the splendid Bowes Museum.

‘Sympathetic and informative teaching’
‘Very good variety – always something I wanted to do’
‘Good fun, great atmosphere, very good repertoire’
‘Went beyond expectations’

  • If you love playing early music, a week at NORVIS will enable you make progress.
  • We teach and perform with recorders, viols, lutes, baroque strings, harpsichord and voices, and cover a wide range of repertoire from early Renaissance to late Baroque.
  • We have an impressive line-up of tutors who are specialist performers and teachers.
  • We have a particularly generous participant : tutor ratio.
  • We give a number of bursaries to enable individuals to participate in NORVIS who would be otherwise unable to do so.

Photos of the 2019 course are HERE.

You can read some testimonials from past NORVIS participants – they enjoyed it!



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Monday evening – tutors in concert

NORVIS was founded in 1971 in Durham as The Northumbrian Recorder and Viol School by the late Layton and Christine Ring.  Over time it has encompassed recorders, viols, lutes, Baroque strings, harpsichord and voices and dance. Many participants play other instruments, e.g. other Renaissance and Baroque brass and woodwind, as part of the additional activities taking place.  Our musical director is Andrew Fowler.


NORVIS is a registered charity, no 1014801.