About us

The Northumbrian Recorder and Viol School (NORVIS) was founded as an annual summer school in Durham in 1971 by Layton and Christine Ring. It has flourished ever since. Our musical director is Andrew Fowler.

NORVIS XLIX – Saturday 27th July to Saturday 3rd August 2019
Details HERE.

viols at NORVIS
Viol class with Jacqui Robertson-Wade

NORVIS covers a broad range of early music interests, welcoming viol-players, recorder-players, lutenists, baroque string players and harpsichordists – not to mention solo and choral singers as well as renaissance instrument enthusiasts. There is a large team of around 13 expert tutors, unusual for such a course.

But more than that, NORVIS is enjoyable, sociable and has a friendly rapport between tutors and participants.

As part of our charitable activity, we offer generous bursaries towards the tuition fees to encourage young people and those in full-time education and others who might not otherwise be able to participate in NORVIS.

We want all participants to have a safe and happy time at NORVIS. You can refer to our policies page for more information.

NORVIS is a registered charity no. 1014801

In concert in Bede Chapel


NORVIS is a registered charity no. 1014801

NORVIS is run by a dedicated team of Trustees together with:

Administrator – Harriet Gilfillan

Musical Director – Andrew Fowler

Tutor Organiser – Elizabeth Dodd

Mark – Chair of Trustees

Trustees (2018-2019):
Mark Lawrence – Chair
Glad Capewell – Secretary
Simon Squires – Treasurer
Maureen Jackson – committee member

For further information, contact the Administrator.

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