NORVIS goes live – apply for 2020

Online Application is now available for NORVIS 50 – Golden Jubilee course, 1st-8th August 2020 at Barnard Castle School, County Durham.

The music list has been published and the course fees.

We would love to receive your application as soon as you are able to make it.

We will mark the 500th anniversary of the meeting of King Francis I of France and King Henry VIII of England at the Field of the Cloth of Gold, a suitable antecedent for NORVIS’s own golden anniversary. 


49 and counting…

Our 2019 Gallery of photos is in place, as is a summary of the wonderful week that was NORVIS XLIX.  Do write to us with your memories, if you wish, adding them to Facebook or sending them direct and we’ll try to add them.

Soon, we will be publishing information about Golden Jubilee NORVIS 2020 (Sat 1st – Sat 8th August 2020) at our new venue, Barnard Castle School.

You can Register Interest in advance of the application forms becoming available and we will contact you when they are.


Now that our wonderful NORVIS XLIX week is complete, ending with the Friday concert, our photo gallery is up and running as a lovely way to remember the week or to show you what goes on at NORVIS to encourage you to come next year. We will post more about this 49th course soon, as well as publishing information about our Golden Jubilee NORVIS 50 (Sat 1st – Sat 8th August 2020) at our new venue, Barnard Castle School.


Nearly time for NORVIS!

NORVIS final concert
Part of the final concert, 2018

If you are coming to NORVIS, you should have received the Welcome Letter by now, detailing the main information you need for the week.  We look forward to welcoming you upon arrival at the Caedmon Hall foyer on the afternoon of Saturday 27th July.

Further questions? Contact Harriet  by using this website or email / phone her direct using the contact details you’ve been given.

We will be delighted to see you in Durham.

Mark (Chair of the Trustees)

Wonderful NORVIS – don’t miss it!

banner2019aNORVIS covers a broad range of early music interests, welcoming viol-players, recorder-players, lutenists, baroque string players and harpsichordists – not to mention solo and choral singers as well as renaissance instrument enthusiasts. There is a large team of around 13 expert tutors, unusual for such a course.

But more than that, NORVIS is enjoyable, sociable and has a friendly rapport between tutors and participants.

As part of our charitable activity, we offer generous bursaries towards the tuition fees to encourage young people and those in full-time education and others who might not otherwise be able to participate in NORVIS.

It’s not to late to apply for NORVIS!

Renaissance tenor viol

If you have been thinking whether to come to NORVIS, stop thinking and apply! You are bound to enjoy our week of varied and friendly early music in Durham.  With 48 years’ collective experience behind us, we continue each year to make new friends and discover new corners of the repertoire. In our musical director Andrew Fowler’s third year at the helm, we will include many Venetian delights. Recorder, viol, lute, baroque strings, harpsichord and singing classes each day with superb tutors, along with further ensemble and tuition, lecture-recitals and concerts and the choir and NORVIS Baroque orchestra – and the historic surroundings of Durham City and the more immediate pleasures of the college bar and NORVIS Ale…  What are you waiting for? Join NORVIS.

Bursaries may still be available – it’s certainly worth asking us.

Layton and Christine Ring’s service at Hexham Abbey

The service of celebration of the lives of Layton and Christine Ring, the founders of NORVIS, will be held at 2 pm on Monday 25th March 2019 at Hexham Abbey. The service will be streamed on and a recording will be available there afterwards, we understand.

Our thoughts are with the members of the family.