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.

Christine Husband, R.I.P.

It is with great sadness that we tell you that Christine Husband died unexpectedly in her sleep recently. Christine has been a regular attender at NORVIS playing viols and also violin in the orchestra. Her funeral took place on Thursday 16th March in Cheshire. We will miss her smile and enthusiasm and our thoughts and sympathy go out to her husband, David.

On behalf of NORVIS, Glad Capewell attended the funeral and writes as follows:
“I attended Christine’s funeral service this morning. It was a lovely service full of music. Christine’s daughter, Katie, played flute and Christine’s choir (or one of them!), the Chester Bach Singers, sang some lovely sacred music from Faure and Bach. Christine’s husband, David, bravely gave a eulogy, during which described her love of making music, and in particular he referred to her love of early music and how that had been enriched by her viol lessons and many opportunities for playing in consorts and also playing her violin in orchestras.
A fitting send off for a kind, caring fellow musician and good friend of NORVIS.

Jacqui Robertson-Wade writes:
“Christine was a student of mine at the Early Music Shop and first started playing the viol in 2008 and played tenor and bass. Recently Christine took up the violin again after playing at school and played modern violin in a local orchestra and in the baroque orchestra at NORVIS. She was about to commission a baroque violin.
As well as a regular course member at NORVIS, Christine also attended Rondo Viol Academy courses. She also sang in four choirs.
She will be sadly missed by many people and especially by those with whom she made music.”