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 29th season.

Next concert…

“Huggett’s imaginative approach and lively response to detail are among the most rewarding aspects of her version of these emotionally rewarding pieces.”  BBC Music Magazine

Monica Huggett, Artistic director, violin

Harry van der Kamp, Bass vocalist

Chamber Soloists of Portland Baroque Orchestra

Seventeenth-century German cantatas

Saturday, 12 April 2014, 8 pm Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria

For more information about this concert, please visit the concert page.


Tickets for the  2014-15 season will go on sale May 1.

Download the 2014-15  brochure to see the exciting line-up of artists.

Download additional order forms.


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


and a host of others.