NORVIS is a friendly, diverse and varied course, full of interesting classes, activities and concerts throughout the week. We think there will always be something for you to do, and you will be happily busy every day.
2021 – please note that, as part of making NORVIS COVID-secure, there will be a ‘new normal’ which will concentrate on:
- making your musical experience fabulous
- making your social experience safe
The following information from 2019 gives you a general idea of the course. We are currently working on the framework for this year’s daily routine, which may have some new elements and different timings.
2019 – A typical day at a glance
9.15–10.45 First Session (tuition)
11.15–12.30 Second Session (ensembles)
13.30-14.00 Informal Prom Concert
14.15–16.00 Baroque Orchestra/Choir/Free time
16.30–18.00 A Choice of Delights
19.45–21.30 Concert or lecture/recital
(21.30 Social time)
22.00 Epilogue (most days)
NORVIS offers a wonderfully packed and varied programme of activities. The first session daily, is a taught class in your chosen instrument or singing. These include Solo Bass Viol, Viol Consort, Solo Recorder, Recorder, Singing, Baroque Strings, Harpsichord and Lute/Theorbo. We have a large team of wonderful tutors.
After coffee, the second session puts emphasis on developing ensemble skills rather than individual technique. With the exception of the Directed Recorder Ensemble, players are expected to be able to sight-read (or prepare) their parts. Music is chosen by members of the group, either in advance or from the extensive NORVIS music library, with help from tutors as required. You are recommended to chose music within your technical grasp so that everyone can have a satisfying session. Each ensemble will be tutored for around half of the time.
After lunch, participants may join the NORVIS Baroque orchestra (with Michael) or the Choir (with Andrew), join the ‘drop-in’ recorder ensemble, make up their own informal playing groups or have time to themselves.
After a cuppa we have Choice of Delights sessions, a rich variety of classes aimed to broaden our musical horizons.
Concerts each evening are a mix of lecture-recitals and concerts by the tutors and participants. On Wednesday, the afternoon is free. The Friday night concert is a culmination of the week’s work, and includes the NORVIS Baroque orchestra and the Choir in performance.