baroque stringsThe 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. Do ask for more details, using the contact form.

The MUSIC LIST for the 2018 course, NORVIS XLVIII, may be downloaded from the Join NORVIS page.

NORVIS XLVIII – Saturday 28th July to Saturday 4th August 2018

The NORVIS choir will be presenting ‘Monteverdi’s Northumbrian Vespers’ – Vespers for the Feast of Oswald, King and Martyr. This is an innovative programme combining psalms from Monteverdi’s 1641/2 Selva Morale e Sprirituale with a Gabrielli Magnificat and Northumbrian composers’ works.

NORVIS Baroque orchestra will perform ‘A Venetian Serenade’, comprising works by Albinoni, Handel and Vivaldi.

More detail is in the MUSIC LIST.

Music and Instruments – and Shopping!

Consult the MUSIC LIST for information about music required.  

Recorder class with Alan

Lute music for the course is available HERE.

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

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

Our friends at the Early Music Shop will join us at NORVIS as usual with a stall, selling everything from viol strings to bass recorders, crumhorns to renaissance drums, sheet music and other 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 for those applying before June.

Enquire 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: