Music for the Course

Elizabeth’s viol class – Gabrieli

The course pitch in general is A415 for string instruments and A440 for recorders unless otherwise designated. Participants, both wind and strings, who wish to play in the NORVIS Baroque orchestra should bring their own instruments. Include the instruments you plan to bring in your online application.

Announcement – coronavirus COVID-19

NORVIS 50 postponed to 2021

In the light of the current coronavirus pandemic, the Trustees of NORVIS regret to announce that they have decided to postpone the Golden Jubilee NORVIS 50 early music summer school from August 2020 to the summer of 2021. All those who have applied to attend NORVIS have been contacted individually. The new provisional dates for the course will be 31st July – 7th August 2021 at Barnard Castle School. When we celebrate our Golden Jubilee, it will indeed be magnificent. Thank you for your support of NORVIS – please keep in touch with us. (


The Music List includes information about all the ‘first session’ music tuition and the ‘second session’ activities, as well as the choir and orchestra. Lute music is available to download. IT IS LIKELY THAT OUR MUSIC LIST WILL BE REVISED FOR OUR NEW DATES IN 2021.



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. The choir and orchestra will work together on two pieces, a grand motet by Jean Joseph Cassanea de Mondonville (‘Venite exultemus’) and a royal welcome song for King Charles II by Henry Purcell (‘Fly, bold rebellion’). This theme will also match the architectural and artistic style of The Bowes Museum.

In 2020 the NORVIS Choir will perform…
Purcell: Fly, bold rebellion (Welcome song for Charles II, 1683). Solos for SSAATBB; SSAATB chorus; strings + basso continuo
Mondonville: Venite exultemus (Grand motet, 1743). Solos for SSA(T)B; SSATB chorus; strings (2 violins, cello), oboe, flute + basso continuo

In 2020, the NORVIS Baroque orchestra will study, in addition to the above,
Lully: Phaeton Suite (or Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme)
Rameau: Les Boréades – Entrée de Polimnie
Rebel: Les Caractères de la Danse
Destouches: Ballet Les Eléments –  Chaconne
Purcell: Suite in G

Music and Instruments – and Shopping

Consult the Music List for information about music required.  NORVIS also has a large music library which may be borrowed from during the course.


Lute music for the course will be available HERE.

Sheet music may be ordered in advance from Jacks Pipes and Hammers. Tel: 01422 882751  Fax: 01422 886157      email:

Jacks Pipes and Hammers may have a shop at NORVIS during the course, as will Rondo Publishing.

Peter Booth from the Early Music Shop will join us at NORVIS as usual, selling everything from viol strings to bass recorders, crumhorns to renaissance drums and useful instrument accessories.

A limited number of viols will be available for hire at a charge of £20, including insurance. Baroque violins and bows will be available by prior arrangement. Lutes are available for hire – please en
quire by email about hiring instruments.

Renaissance Viols

Richard Jones viols

We will be joined again for a day by Richard Jones and his beautiful Renaissance viols for people to try – if you’d like to know more about them before his visit, see his website.