• EMSI 2023 - 2024 Season

    Check out our exciting 2023 – 2024 season lineup.
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  • Read about our audience’s experience in their own words:

    “I have attended EMSI concerts for years. We are truly blessed in Victoria to have such an organization, one that brings in wonderful, renowned and talented musicians who play incredibly beautiful and ethereal music from past centuries. ”
    – Rita Isaac

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    A new initiative from EMSI to support our local amateur and professional musicians.

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Upcoming Concerts

  • Dec 16 | Gothic Voices (UK)
    • Gothic Voices (UK)
    • Nowell Synge We Bothe Al and Som View Pricing Options Get Tickets Now A medieval Christmas celebration by the ensemble that, probably more than any other, has defined the modern […]

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  • Jan 27 | The Baltimore Consort (USA)
    • The Baltimore Consort (USA)
    • In Angel’s Wede: Music For Mary Queen of Scots Tickets on sale now. A brand-new program by a perennially favourite ensemble of EMSI audiences. Music from Scotland, France, England and […]

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  • Feb 17 | Ensemble Mirabilia (MONTREAL)
    • Ensemble Mirabilia (MONTREAL)
    • L’Eterno Ritorno Tickets on sale now. Brilliant Canadian soprano, Myriam Leblanc is featured in a program devoted to that most captivating and tuneful Baroque musical form: the chaconne. Built on […]

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  • Mar 23 | Ensemble Caprice (MONTREAL)
    • Ensemble Caprice (MONTREAL)
    • Hallelujah and trumpets! The splendor of Handel’s music Tickets on sale now. The third in our series of concerts with this exciting ensemble, led by the irrepressible Matthias Maute. This […]

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  • Apr 20 | The Tallis Scholars (UK)
    • The Tallis Scholars (UK)
    • Darkness to Light A very special joint presentation with Christ Church Cathedral, featuring the pre-eminent interpreters of Renaissance polyphony on their triumphant 50th Anniversary Tour. Tickets for this event are […]

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Gothic Voices (UK)
December 16

Nowell Synge We Bothe Al and Som View Pricing Options Get Tickets Now A medieval Christmas celebration by the ensemble that, probably more than any other, has defined the modern […]

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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.

We acknowledge and respect the Lǝḱwǝŋǝn peoples on whose traditional territory EMSI presents concerts, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.


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

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


Corno da tirarsi

Portrait, oil on canvas of Gottfried Reiche (1667–1734) by Elias Gottlob Haussmann (1695–1774), 1727 Bach specified an instrument he called the "tromba o corno da tirarsi" for the elaborate brass line in three of his cantatas: the only…
Nathan Nun artwork

Cats & Lutes

Shoutout to artist Nathan Nun, for his beautiful cats & lutes artwork! Read an interview here.

Fanned frets, circa 1590

A 'new' innovation for electric guitars, the fanned fret concept actually dates back to the 1590s! Read more about the wire-strung bandora and orpharion from the Lute Society of America and Early Music Muse (with videos). And for a electric…

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