Happy New Year from NORVIS

KCP violadagamba We would like to wish you a happy NEW YEAR 2019.  We very much hope to see you at our wonderful NORVIS summer school in Durham.  Early Bird applications as soon as possible and by the end of March, please. Recorders, viols, lutes, baroque strings, harpsichord and singing – all vital ingredients of NORVIS.

The information for our wonderful NORVIS XLIX early music week is on our website https://norvis.org.uk/
We will be happy to take your application and answer any questions.

NORVIS XLIX – Summer 2019

We are delighted to announce that NORVIS XLIX (our 49th course) will be held at the College of St Hild & St Bede, Durham University, from Saturday 27th July – Saturday 3rd August 2019.  More information is appearing regularly on our WEBSITE.

NORVIS – the wonderful week of early music playing where our brilliant tutors enable you to make progress.

NORVIS final concert
Part of the final concert, 2018


It was lovely to welcome this year’s participants to H&B yesterday afternoon. New faces and old friends settled in and ate then attended the welcome meeting. Then we had our first, shorter tuition session followed by the chance to sample NORVIS ale at the bar.


NORVIS XLVIII goes live!

brochure frontWe now have the 2018 brochure, music list and application form up on the NORVIS website, ready for our sparkly and wonderful week of Early Music in Durham. Just two years to our half-century, this 48th annual course runs from Saturday 28th July – Saturday 4th August 2018. Enjoy looking at the website and planning your summer music.

2017 photos to view

The 2017 NORVIS photo gallery is now published, bringing back memories of a wonderful week of music making.

“Keep Calm and play the Viola da Gamba”

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. Read more


NORVIS nears

Thank you – and welcome – to everyone who has signed up for NORVIS 2017.  A friendly reminder that the fees are now due (1st June).  More information on how to do that is available on the website HERE.  We have had a very good number of applicants and it promises to be an excellent week.  An information letter will be winging its way to you very soon. One innovation is an improved Saturday evening – details to follow.