About the NORVIS 50 Course

You can read archives from: 2019 2018 2017 (See drop-down menu for the full archive.)

Jane’s recorder class

The dates of NORVIS in 2022 will be 30th July – 6th August.  We look forward to seeing you there.

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.

A ceilidh with a difference in 2022

NORVIS is delighted to offer a ceilidh with a difference as part of our evening events in 2022.  The word ceilidh usually makes us think of folk dances (or in the Highlands of Scotland singing round the peat fire).  The difference here is that many of the dances we shall do will be from the courts or grand houses of 16th century Europe.  These will be varied and easy to learn; pavans, almains, bransles.  Anyone who is unable to dance can join the live band – recorders, viols, violins, cellos, loud winds, are all welcome.

The following information from 2019 gives you a general idea of the course. We are currently working on the framework for the daily routine in 2022, which may have some new elements and different timings.

2019 – A typical day at a glance

(8.00 Breakfast)
9.15–10.45 First Session (tuition)
10.45 Coffee/tea
11.15–12.30 Second Session (ensembles)
(12.45 Lunch)

Monteverdi with Andrew

13.30-14.00 Informal Prom Concert
14.15–16.00 Baroque Orchestra/Choir/Free time
16.00 Coffee/tea
16.30–18.00 A Choice of Delights
(18.30 Dinner)
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/Early Guitar. We have a large team of wonderful tutors.

DSC03841 Ensemble - Hanne, Vickie, Mark & me (2)
Low-pitch recorder consort session

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, but a new style dance and playing evening is planned. The Friday night concert is a culmination of the week’s work, and includes the NORVIS Baroque orchestra and the Choir in performance.

Ali’s viol class