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.

Layton Ring’s funeral

Layton Ring (31st July 1922 – 18th February 2019) As we announced recently, we were sad that our founder, Layton Ring, passed away on 18th February. His funeral will take place in Hexham Abbey on Monday 25th March at 2pm.

A youthful nonagenarian, Layton Ring at age 96, pictured with Alan Davis and Andrew Fowler at NORVIS, August 2018.


Apply to come to NORVIS

Recorder duo

We have kept the 2019 adult fees for NORVIS the same as 2018, and made a significant reduction for young people and those in full-time education.

Early application is advised and there is an ‘Early Bird’ discount of £20 for applications received before 1st April 2019. A discount of £50 on tuition fees will be given to those introducing a new participant. Please send a deposit of £70 and your application form to the Administrator as soon as possible. This can be done electronically or by post – see application form. Full fees are due by 1st June 2019.

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
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.