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.  Please include all the instruments you plan to bring in your online application, not just those of your tuition class main study.

Sharing of instruments will be tightly restricted / controlled in order to maintain COVID-safety.


The 2022 Music List includes information about all the ‘first session’ music tuition and the ‘second session’ activities, as well as the choir and orchestra.

JOHANN KUHNAU (1660 – 1722) 300th anniversary

 In 2022, it’s the 300th anniversary year of Johann Kuhnau, composer and immediate predecessor of J S Bach as Kantor at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig.  Our NORVIS week will reflect this in the choir music.

In 2022, the NORVIS Choir – director: Andrew Fowler – will perform music by Kuhnau, J S Bach and Palestrina. The choir is open to all.

In 2022, the NORVIS Baroque orchestra – director: Michael Williamson – may study music from the following selection:

Jean-Baptiste Lully: Phaeton Suite or Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Boréades – Entrée de Polimnie 4.5
Jean Fèry Rebel: Les Caractères de la Danse
André Cardinal Destouches: Ballet Les Eléments – Chaconne
Henry Purcell: Suite in G

NORVIS Baroque is open to all players of orchestral wind and stringed instruments at A=415 (not restricted to members of the string class). Music will be provided and can be sent in advance on request.

Music and Instruments – and Shopping

Consult the 2022 Music List for information about music required.  NORVIS also has a large music library which may be borrowed from during the course.  We will follow the relevant guidance for safe handling of music copies.


Lute music for the course is detailed on the music list, with some downloadable resources available HERE.

SHEET MUSIC may be ordered in advance from Jacks Pipes and Hammers.

Holders of large stocks of sheet music in both facsimile and modern editions.

Tel: 01422 882751  Fax: 01422 886157


Jacqui and Michael also run Rondo Publishing and will be selling their publications at NORVIS.

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.  We will follow the relevant guidance for safe handling of musical instruments.

A limited number of viols may be available for hire at a small charge, including insurance. Baroque violins and bows may be available by prior arrangement. Lutes are available for hire – please en
quire by email about hiring instruments.  We will follow the relevant guidance for safe handling of musical instruments.


Richard Jones viols

Richard and Vivien Jones , longstanding friends of NORVIS, make beautiful Renaissance viols, see their website