Henry Lawes: Songs of an English Cavalier
Jeffrey Thompson, tenor
, and La Rêveuse (France)

Saturday, March 28, 2015 8pm in Victoria. Read more…

After being selected to participate in the first Le Jardin des Voix with William Christie’s Les Arts Florissants, tenor Jeffrey Thompson has appeared with virtually all of the biggest names in early music.

“Thompson and the group did not miss an opportunity to indulge in ravishing improvisations…though oh so English, the music paid more than a passing nod to the extremes of passion, clashing harmonies and florid style…” The Washington Post


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. The Society is in its 30th season.

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.