Saturday 29th July – Saturday 5th August 2017, College of St Hild & St Bede, Durham
A marvellous musical, sociable week, NORVIS XLVII was the first with Andrew Fowler as Musical Director. A highlight was the celebration of Layton Ring’s 95th birthday as our guest of honour for the day on Monday. Layton and Christine founded NORVIS in 1971. Following in Ralph Woodward’s footsteps, Andrew is only the third Musical Director in 47 years.
A quarter of our 80+ community of participants were new to NORVIS this year, from all parts of the UK as well as the USA, Sweden, Germany, France, Netherlands and elsewhere. Joining our fantastic team of music professionals, John Treherne MBE became our harpsichord tutor; Michael Williamson took up the reigns as baroque strings tutor and conductor of NORVIS Baroque, the orchestra open to all on the course.
There were entertaining lecture-recitals on Telemann, tenor viols, the popular song arrangements in William Cobbold’s New Fashions. The Tuesday and Thursday concerts included some exceptionally fine performances by course participants and tutors. Lunchtime proms were full of interest. Pretty much every gap, late into the night, was filled with music making of some sort.
Wednesday’s Ceilidh with our regular friends, Joey Oliver’s band 422, was prefaced by a talk and demonstration of the piano accordion by Joey’s dad, David.
The final concert included a recorder duo, the Rennaissance Band, a viol consort and the choir singing Monteverdi’s Cantate Domino and Christe, Adoramus Te, D. Scarlatti’s hymn Iste Confessor and J.S. Bach’s cantata 150, Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich. NORVIS Baroque played Johann Fasch’s Overture in G and Purcell’s Suite from Abdelazer, as well as accompanying the Bach cantata.
Also making their debuts were our wonderfully efficient new Administrator, Harriet, and our new chairman, Mark Lawrence.