‘First class tuition from tutor of highest calibre and learned lots, thoroughly enjoyed it’
NORVIS is renowned for its generous provision of wonderful tutors, including:
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. 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). Tutor at NORVIS for many years, Andrew became Musical Director from 2017.
Elizabeth Dodd – viol, dance
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.
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, 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)
Chris Orton – recorder
Chris Orton is active as a recorder player, conductor and teacher of Dalcroze Eurhythmics. He studied recorder at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with Ross Winters and Annabel Knight, and with Anneke Boeke in Amsterdam, and orchestral conducting with Jordi Mora at L’Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona. Currently Chris is the Artistic Director of the National Youth Recorder Orchestras, runs the recorder departments at the Royal Northern College of Music Junior and Senior schools, Chetham’s School of Music and is a visiting tutor at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He is the chair of ERTA UK (European Recorder Teacher’s Association). Chris also enjoys Tai Chi and running. (link)
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)
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)
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. (link)
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)
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)
Former Musical Directors:
NORVIS’s Founders were LAYTON (Musical Director until 2002) and CHRISTINE RING (Tutor Organiser), both R.I.P. in 2019..
They were followed, until 2016, by Musical Director RALPH WOODWARD.