Welcome to NORVIS – Early Music in Durham

NORVIS is an annual week-long early music summer course in Durham. We specialise in recorders, viols, lutes, baroque strings and voices, and cover a wide range of repertoire from early renaissance to late baroque. We have a specially generous student-tutor ratio, with fifteen wonderful tutors. We also give a number of generous bursaries to enable individuals to attend NORVIS. 

The best thing about the course was the welcoming and inclusive attitude of both staff and students.”


Want to take part? Application information is available on the Join NORVIS page.

Please take time to explore the information available on this website – including archive material from recent NORVIS weeks to whet your appetite.

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

NORVIS XLVIII – Saturday 28th July to Saturday 4th August 2018

 P1080149Welcome to NORVIS, which we’re proud to describe as one of the UK’s most established and friendly early music summer schools. Our annual course in Durham, tutored by an impressive line-up of specialist performers and teachers, covers all aspects of early music, and is suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities. We look forward to welcoming all this year’s participants for a superb week of music-making.


NORVIS was founded in 1971 by Layton and Christine Ring.

NORVIS is a registered charity, no 1014801.