‘First class tuition from tutor of highest calibre and learned lots, thoroughly enjoyed it’
NORVIS is renowned for its generous provision of wonderful tutors, including:
Andrew Fowler – Musical Director
Andrew Fowler discovered crumhorns and recorders whilst at school, sparking a lifelong passion for ensemble music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He is known for his imaginative teaching and his creative approach to concert programming, bringing the joy of little-known musical jewels to students and audiences on viols, recorders and voices (and the occasional very loud reed instrument). Tutor at NORVIS for many years, Andrew became Musical Director from 2017.
Elizabeth Dodd – viol, dance
Elizabeth Dodd studied viol and early dance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She played and danced with many early music groups in London before moving north. She now performs and teaches all over the north of England, including the North Western Early Music Forum Summer School.
Elizabeth is also the tutor organiser, the person to speak to about classes and matters to do with tutors.
Martin Eastwell – lute, theorbo, early guitar
Martin Eastwell studied lute initially with Diana Poulton, and later at the Royal College of Music with Jacob Lindberg. Shortly after leaving the RCM, he was invited by the British Council to give a solo recital for the World Shakespeare Congress in Tokyo, and since then has performed widely throughout the UK and abroad, both as a soloist, and with many of the country’s leading early music ensembles. Two CDs have been released on the MMC label: in 2013, “Lady Maggie’s Lilt”, a critically acclaimed recording of 17th Century Scottish lute music, and in February 2018, “The Dark Lord’s Music”, music from the lute book of Edward, Lord Herbert of Cherbury (brother of the poet George Herbert). Martin has a special interest in researching historical lute techniques, particularly those of the early 17th century. When not playing the lute, he is a keen sailor, and has in recent years circumnavigated Ireland, and also made voyages ranging from Orkney to the Scilly Isles. (link)
Alison Kinder – viol
Alison Kinder read music at Oxford and then studied viol at Trinity College of Music. She now plays with various ensembles including Chelys consort of viols. Alison is a keen teacher of both adults and children, teaching on a number of early music courses and running the Rondo Viol Academy with friend and colleague Jacqui Robertson-Wade. (link)
Oonagh Lee – recorder, baroque oboe
Oonagh Lee is an historical oboist and recorder player. Based in London she works with recorder quintet Consortium5 and is a regular performer with numerous period orchestras and ensembles across Europe, including the Orchestra of the 18th Century, Academy of Ancient Music and Dunedin Consort. When not making music Oonagh enjoys nothing more than eating ice cream and engaging in any mildly perilous outdoor activity. (link)
Richard MacKenzie – lute, theorbo, early guitar
Richard MacKenzie is a sought-after soloist and collaborative artist on early and classical guitars, and lutes. His collaborations have included The Sixteen, The King’s Consort, The Hanover Band, Ex Cathedra, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The City Waites, The Royal Opera House and Shakespeare’s Globe (seven productions and multiple workshops). Since completing a degree in music at The Queen’s College, Oxford, Richard has seen the release of two acclaimed solo albums; ‘Il Rossetto’ and ‘The Parisian Delight’. He has performed at every major British early music festival, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ and ‘Lunchtime Concert’ series on multiple occasions. (Youtube link)(link2)
Chris Orton – recorder
Chris Orton is active as a recorder player, conductor and teacher of Dalcroze Eurhythmics. He studied recorder at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with Ross Winters and Annabel Knight, and with Anneke Boeke in Amsterdam, and orchestral conducting with Jordi Mora at L’Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona. Currently Chris is the Artistic Director of the National Youth Recorder Orchestras, runs the recorder departments at the Royal Northern College of Music Junior and Senior schools, Chetham’s School of Music and is a visiting tutor at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He is the chair of ERTA UK (European Recorder Teacher’s Association). Chris also enjoys Tai Chi and running. (link)
Susanna Pell – viol
Susanna Pell was a member of the viol consort Fretwork and played with the Dufay Collective for over twenty years. With these and other prominent ensembles she has toured worldwide, made many discs and recorded for radio, film and TV. She now lives in Richmond, North Yorkshire, and teaches viol at Durham University and the University of York. (link1) (link2) (link3)
Jacqui Robertson-Wade – solo bass viol
Jacqui Robertson-Wade is passionate about playing and teaching the bass viol, her performances ranging from Couperin to contemporary music with pop group DC Fontana. She regularly coaches viol consorts across the UK. Jacqui also runs Rondo Viol Academy Courses during the year and writes viol tutors and other publications dedicated to learning the viola da gamba for Rondo Publishing. (link)
Jane Rumney – recorder
Jane Rumney first heard a recorder played professionally when she was 25, and she decided it was the most wonderful sound she had ever heard! She studied with a number of inspirational teachers including Alan Davis. Since having her family she has taught many hundreds of children and adults to play recorder through her Sounds Fun music classes. Jane loves to communicate her understanding of recorder technique to all ages and levels of player.
John Treherne MBE – harpsichord (and harpsichord technician)
John’s career has included university lectureships, heading Gateshead’s outstanding Music Service for over 30 years, and performing throughout Europe and the Americas as a specialist on period keyboard instruments.
He is active as a composer. He has recorded with his ensemble Concert Royal and as a soloist. He directed Gateshead Youth Orchestra for over twenty years, organising 19 overseas tours. He is artistic director of the William Shield Festival. ABRSM examining work takes him regularly to Ireland, Scotland and across the North of England.
Hobbies include travel, football, reading, collecting and restoring old pianos and looking after three grandchildren, all of whom show musical potential!
He was awarded the MBE in 2006 for services to music education. (link)
Mary Tyers – recorder
Mary Tyers is a recorder player and flautist based in north-east England who performs with chamber groups and period orchestras in venues such as Sage Gateshead, Durham Cathedral and Early Music Centre, York. She particularly loves teaching enthusiastic adult amateurs and in addition to her private practice is in demand to lead workshops and residential music weekends.
Michael Williamson – baroque strings
Michael Williamson first experienced playing the baroque violin as a member of the Dartington Festival Baroque Orchestra under the guidance of the late Micaela Comberti. Formerly Head of Strings for the County of Warwickshire, he appeared regularly at Warwick Festival as conductor of the Warwickshire String Training Orchestra with whom he gave concerts throughout most of the countries of Europe. He now directs Warwickshire Baroque. (link)
Norman Harper – accompanist, keyboard continuo (2019)
Norman Harper was born in south Essex and educated locally until he won an organ scholarship to Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. While reading for a music degree, he studied organ with Peter Le Huray and Gillian Weir and composition with Peter Tranchell.
His career has encompassed school director of music posts in the north-west and in London, organ playing as soloist and accompanist in the UK and abroad, church music appointments and examining for the ABRSM. He has broadcast solo recitals on BBC Radio 3 and recorded CDs of organ music by J.S.Bach, Bruhns, Brahms, Peeters, D’Agincour, Raison, Nivers and contemporary British composers.
Most recently Norman has held the post of director of music at St George’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Southwark, where the music is sung by professional lay clerks together with girls’ and boys’ chorister groups. Under his direction St George’s choirs have broadcast services on BBC radio and television, and made two CDs: Music for the Mass (Priory) and Christmas at St George’s (Regent).
Norman is delighted to be joining NORVIS in place of his son Tim for the 2019 course.
Tim Harper – accompanist, keyboard continuo (not in 2019)
Tim Harper combines his post as Assistant Director of Music at Ripon Cathedral with a freelance career encompassing choral training, accompaniment, continuo playing and teaching. He has broadcast on BBC TV and Radio 3 & 4, as well as being a frequent organ recitalist around the UK. An interest in jazz keeps his improvisational muscles flexed, whilst also finding more direct employment in settings as diverse as boat, restaurant, funeral, Spain and jazz Eucharists at St Paul’s Cathedral. Tim has been accompanist to NORVIS for the last decade, and looks forward to the course each year. (link)
NORVIS 50 – Golden Jubilee – Saturday 1st to Saturday 8th August 2020
Details to follow.
Former Musical Directors:
NORVIS’s Founder Musical Directors were LAYTON and CHRISTINE RING, both R.I.P.
For many years, until 2016, our Musical Director was RALPH WOODWARD.