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.

2018 Music list – Music List 2018 revised

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

The NORVIS Choir will be presenting two fine works which we are sure singers (and players) will enjoy: Pachelbel – Jauchzet dem Herrn (double choir) and Buxtehude – Membra Jesu Nostri (SSATB solists, choir, 2 violins, viols, continuo).
With repairs to Bede Chapel taking place this summer, plans for a ‘Monteverdi’s Northumbrian Vespers’ programme have been postponed. The Pachelbel and Buxtehude works will fit well in the Joachim Room or Caedmon Hall.

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

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: