About the NORVIS 50 Course


Announcement – coronavirus COVID-19

NORVIS 50 postponed to 2021

In the light of the current coronavirus pandemic, the Trustees of NORVIS regret to announce that they have decided to postpone the Golden Jubilee NORVIS 50 early music summer school from August 2020 to the summer of 2021. All those who have applied to attend NORVIS have been contacted individually. The new provisional dates for the course will be 31st July – 7th August 2021 at Barnard Castle School. When we celebrate our Golden Jubilee, it will indeed be magnificent. Thank you for your support of NORVIS – please keep in touch with us. (www.norvis.org.uk)


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Jane’s recorder class

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 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)

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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. We have a large team of wonderful tutors.

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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. The Friday night concert is a culmination of the week’s work, and includes the NORVIS Baroque orchestra and the Choir in performance.


NORVIS 50 postponed until 2021: read full announcement.


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Ali’s viol class