Next concert of the 31st EMSI Concert Season
December 19, 2015
Praetorius Christmas Vespers

Thirteen vocal soloists, a string band, cornetti and sackbuts, three theorbos, multiple keyboards and the St. Christopher Singers join together to recreate the joyful celebration of Christmas Vespers as it might have been heard under the direction of Michael Praetorius in 17th-century Germany. In the spirit of celebration, the audience will join the assembled mass musical forces in singing favorite early Christmas carols.

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Welcome to The Early Music Society of the Islands!

Founded in 1985 and based in Victoria BC, the Early Music Society is a non-profit, volunteer-run society dedicated to offering  accomplished performances of music composed prior to 1800.

EMSI embraces the idea that  early music deserves to be heard with close to its original intent.  To that end, our concerts feature period instruments, accurate scores, and historical performance practices.

Renowned artists, both international and homegrown, have graced our stage.

The list of soloists and ensembles presented by EMSI is a who’s who of the international early music scene :

Anonymous 4 Nancy Argenta Baltimore Consort Concerto Koln
Ens. Clement Janequin Fretwork The Harp Consort John Holloway
Monica Huggett Dame Emma Kirkby Ton Koopman London Baroque
Orlando Consort Red Priest Jordi Savall Sequentia
Stile Antico Tafelmusik Daniel Taylor Boston Early Music Festival


and a host of others.