Second morning and first afternoon session choices at NORVIS

Please read this information carefully and then use the form below to enter your choices for the second morning and the first afternoon NORVIS sessions. See MUSIC LIST for more information.

Second Morning Session

In this session, the emphasis is on developing ensemble skills rather than individual
technique. With the exception of the Directed Recorder Ensemble, players are expected
to be able to sight-read (or prepare) their parts. Music is chosen by members of the
group, either in advance or from the extensive NORVIS music library, with help from
tutors as required. You are recommended to choose music within your technical grasp
so that everyone can have a satisfying session. Groups will stay together for the whole
week and will be tutored for around half of the time.

Please use the Comments space at the end of the form to tell us your aspirations and we
will try to give everybody a satisfying experience: all requests will be considered and will
be accommodated where possible, provided they result in viable groups.

Baroque Chamber Music can include trio sonatas, with two (or more) melody parts
and basso continuo, or cantata movements for voice with instrumental obbligato. This
option is suitable for competent melody line players (violin, recorder, flute, oboe and
sometimes viol or bassoon) and solo singers, and for keyboard, lute/theorbo and bass
instrument players. (Please note that there may be a limited number of Baroque Chamber Music groups this year. We will do our best!)

Directed Recorder Ensemble will, as the name suggests, be directed by a
tutor. It is intended for recorder players who would like a little more help either in holding
a part or in playing a less familiar instrument in a group situation. There may be more
than one person to a part.

Lute Ensemble will explore lute technique with a more specific focus on continuo and
ensemble. (Lutenists may also choose to join a Baroque Chamber Music group.)

Recorder Consorts will be groups of (normally) four to six players, each having their
own part. The focus will be on the interpretation of the music chosen, bringing it to life
whether it is simple or challenging in terms of technique.

Viol Consorts will be groups of (normally) four to six players, each having their own
part. The focus will be on the interpretation of the music chosen, bringing it to life
whether it is simple or challenging in terms of technique.

Ensemble Singing will concentrate on interesting homophonic pieces in four or five
parts. There may be the possibility of joining with instrumentalists later in the week to
work on consort anthems/songs that singers and players have prepared separately.

Afternoon Sessions

Choir – open to all – directed by Andrew Fowler

NORVIS Baroque Orchestra – open to all players of orchestral wind and stringed instruments at A=415 (not restricted to members of the string class) – directed by Michael Williamson. Bring your instrument to NORVIS. Music will be provided and can be sent in advance – message us using the Contact page.

Informal recorder playing and ad hoc other playing – if the choir or orchestra aren’t for you, we encourage you to sign up for this or make your own groups whilst at NORVIS.

The second afternoon session, called ‘A Choice of Delights’, is signed up for during the course, not in advance.

Choices form

Now please fill in the form. There are two sections. You may have to scroll up and down as required. When you are happy with your answers, press submit. The system may ask you to ‘verify’ that you are not a ‘robot’, for example by clicking on some pictures including a certain feature.

You should get a copy of your submitted form automatically by email. This indicates that we have received your choices.