NORVIS is renowned for its generous provision of wonderful tutors, in 2018 including:


Two musical directors
Andrew & NORVIS founder, Layton Ring.

Andrew Fowler –  Musical Director
Andrew Fowler discovered crumhorns and recorders whilst at school, sparking a lifelong passion for ensemble music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Now living in Canterbury, he is known for his imaginative teaching and his creative approach to concert programming, bringing the joy of little-known musical jewels to students and audiences on viols, recorders and voices (and the occasional very loud reed instrument). A tutor at NORVIS for many years, Andrew became Musical Director from 2017.


Elizabeth Dodd – viol, dance
Tutor Organiser
Elizabeth Dodd studied viol and early dance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She played and danced with many early music groups in London before moving north. She now performs and teaches all over the north of England, including the North Western Early Music Forum Summer School.

Elizabeth is also the tutor organiser, the person to speak to about classes and matters to do with tutors.

Alan Davis – solo recorder
Alan Davis has taught at NORVIS every year since 1979.  He has held recorder teaching appointments principally at Birmingham Conservatoire, Chetham’s School of Music and the Junior Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He founded Birmingham Schools’ Recorder Sinfonia and directed it for over 30 years.  As both performer and teacher he embraces a wide repertoire of recorder music, with particular affection for the French Baroque. He plays regularly with Jacqui Robertson-Wade and Rosemary Robinson as a member of Trio Filidori, and is active as a composer with works published in the Czech Republic, Germany and UK. (link)

Martin Eastwell – lute, theorbo, early guitar
Martin Eastwell studied lute initially with Diana Poulton, and later at the Royal College of Music with Jacob Lindberg. Shortly after leaving the RCM, he was invited by the British Council to give a solo recital for the World Shakespeare Congress in Tokyo, and since then has performed widely throughout the UK and abroad, both as a soloist, and with many of the country’s leading early music ensembles. In 2013, “Lady Maggie’s Lilt”, a critically acclaimed recording of 17th Century Scottish lute music, was released on the MMC label, and in February 2018, “The Dark Lord’s Music”, a recording of music from the lute book of Edward, Lord Herbert of Cherbury (brother of the poet George Herbert), will be released on the same label. Martin has a special interest in researching historical lute techniques, particularly those of the early 17th century. When not playing the lute, he is a keen sailor, and has in recent years circumnavigated Ireland, and also made voyages ranging from Orkney to the Scilly Isles. (link)

Clare Griffel – singing
Clare Griffel specialises in the pre-classical repertoire; she has sung in master classes with, among others, Nigel Rogers and the late Robert Spencer, and has performed widely, in particular with Musica Mundi. She has a busy private teaching practice, and regularly leads workshops in early singing. She is a member of the Association of Teachers of Singing and a Senior Associate Teacher in the University of Bristol’s music department. (link)

Alison Kinder – viol
Alison Kinder read music at Oxford and then studied viol at Trinity College of Music. She now plays with various ensembles including Chelys consort of viols. Alison is a keen teacher of both adults and children, teaching on a number of early music courses and running the Rondo Viol Academy with friend and colleague Jacqui Robertson-Wade. (link)

Oonagh Lee – recorder, baroque oboe
Oonagh Lee is an historical oboist and recorder player. Based in London she works with recorder quintet Consortium5 and is a regular performer with numerous period orchestras and ensembles across Europe, including the Orchestra of the 18th Century, Academy of Ancient Music and Dunedin Consort. When not making music Oonagh enjoys nothing more than eating ice cream and engaging in any mildly perilous outdoor activity. (link)

Richard MacKenzie – lute, theorbo, early guitar
Richard MacKenzie is a sought-after soloist and collaborative artist on early and classical guitars, and lutes. His collaborations have included The Sixteen, The King’s Consort, The Hanover Band, Ex Cathedra, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The City Waites, The Royal Opera House and Shakespeare’s Globe (seven productions and multiple workshops). Since completing a degree in music at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford, Richard has seen the release of two acclaimed solo albums; ‘Il Rossetto’ and ‘The Parisian Delight’. He has performed at every major British early music festival, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ and ‘Lunchtime Concert’ series on multiple occasions. (Youtube link)(link2)

Susanna Pell – viol
Susanna Pell was a member of the viol consort Fretwork and played with the Dufay Collective for over twenty years. With these and other prominent ensembles she has toured worldwide, made many discs and recorded for radio, film and TV. She now lives in Richmond, North Yorkshire, and teaches viol at Durham University and the University of York. (link1) (link2)  (link3)

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Jacqui Robertson-Wade – solo bass viol
Jacqui Robertson-Wade is passionate about playing and teaching the bass viol, her performances ranging from Couperin to contemporary music with pop group DC Fontana. She regularly coaches viol consorts across the UK. Jacqui also runs Rondo Viol Academy Courses during the year and writes viol tutors and other publications dedicated to learning the viola da gamba for Rondo Publishing. (link)

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Jane Rumney – recorder
Jane Rumney first heard a recorder played professionally when she was 25, and she decided it was the most wonderful sound she had ever heard! She studied with a number of inspirational teachers including Alan Davis. Since having her family she has taught many hundreds of children and adults to play recorder through her Sounds Fun music classes. Jane loves to communicate her understanding of recorder technique to all ages and levels of player.

John Treherne MBE – harpsichord (and harpsichord technician)
John’s career has included university lectureships, heading Gateshead’s outstanding Music Service for over 30 years, and performing throughout Europe and the Americas as a specialist on period keyboard instruments.
He is active as a composer. He has recorded with his ensemble Concert Royal and as a soloist. He directed Gateshead Youth Orchestra for over twenty years, organising 19 overseas tours. He is artistic director of the William Shield Festival. ABRSM examining work takes him regularly to Ireland, Scotland and across the North of England.
Hobbies include travel, football, reading, collecting and restoring old pianos and looking after three grandchildren, all of whom show musical potential!
He was awarded the MBE in 2006 for services to music education. (link)

Mary Tyers – recorder
Mary Tyers is a recorder player and flautist based in north-east England who performs with chamber groups and period orchestras in venues such as Sage Gateshead, Durham Cathedral and Early Music Centre, York. She particularly loves teaching enthusiastic adult amateurs and in addition to her private practice is in demand to lead workshops and residential music weekends.

Michael Williamson – baroque strings
Michael Williamson first experienced playing the baroque violin as a member of the Dartington Festival Baroque Orchestra under the guidance of the late Micaela Comberti. Formerly Head of Strings for the County of Warwickshire, he appeared regularly at Warwick Festival as conductor of the Warwickshire String Training Orchestra with whom he gave concerts throughout most of the countries of Europe. He now directs Warwickshire Baroque. (link)

Rosanna Whitton, music Teacher © Sue Todd Photography 2016

Rosanna Whitton – recorder
Rosanna started playing the recorder at school along with everyone else but then found Christine Ring and this really ignited her love for the recorder and for early music. She attended NORVIS when she was 14. She studied musicology at King’s College London and then recorders at the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music.
She then travelled and studied for short periods in Amsterdam and Basel and really enjoyed the wide variety of styles she encountered on her way.
She now lives in rural County Durham with her dog, chickens and respite foster child, where she teaches recorders to adults and teenagers and piano to children. She loves to perform in full, Marie Antoinette-style baroque dress in such venues as castles, stately homes and art galleries.(link)

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Tim Harper – accompanist, keyboard continuo
Tim Harper combines his post as Assistant Director of Music at Ripon Cathedral with a freelance career encompassing choral training, accompaniment, continuo playing and teaching.  He has broadcast on BBC TV and Radio 3 & 4, as well as being a frequent organ recitalist around the UK.  An interest in jazz keeps his improvisational muscles flexed, whilst also finding more direct employment in settings as diverse as boat, restaurant, funeral, Spain and jazz Eucharists at St Paul’s Cathedral.  Tim has been accompanist to NORVIS for the last decade, and looks forward to the course each year. (link)

NORVIS XLIX – Saturday 27th July to Saturday 3rd August 2019
Details in due course.

Former Musical Directors:

NORVIS’s Founder Musical Director was LAYTON RING.
For many years, until 2016, our Musical Director was RALPH WOODWARD.