• 36th Season Reimagined!

    EMSI is happy to be bringing you several new limited-seating live concerts this autumn. Watch this space for further details, or subscribe to our newsletter to be notified by email when tickets go on sale.

  • Music for the Pause

    Thank you having supported this fabulous weekly concert series featuring baroque chamber works on period instruments.

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Upcoming Concerts

  • Sep 27 | Beauty and Madness
    • Beauty and Madness
    • A Music for the Pause Exclusive Live Event! We are delighted to announce that Music for the Pause will return for one more very special event. Join violinist Chloe Kim in person in Christ Church Cathedral’s large main worship space, along with several of the musicians featured during this incredibly successful online summer event for […]

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  • Sep 27 | Beauty and Madness
    • Beauty and Madness
    • A Music for the Pause Exclusive Live Event! We are delighted to announce that Music for the Pause will return for one more very special event. Join violinist Chloe Kim in person in Christ Church Cathedral’s large main worship space, along with several of the musicians featured during this incredibly successful online summer event for […]

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  • Oct 3 | A Joyful Restart
    • A Joyful Restart
    • Four outstanding BC early music specialists offer a dazzling spread of some of the finest chamber music of the Baroque Era. Sunny, optimistic trio sonatas by Handel and Bach, a striking sinfonia by the revolutionary Italian composer Alessandro Stradella, and Telemanns’s imaginative Paris Quartet in E minor, finishing with an otherworldly passacaglia.   Soile Stratkauskas […]

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  • Oct 3 | A Joyful Restart
    • A Joyful Restart
    • Four outstanding BC early music specialists offer a dazzling spread of some of the finest chamber music of the Baroque Era. Sunny, optimistic trio sonatas by Handel and Bach, a striking sinfonia by the revolutionary Italian composer Alessandro Stradella, and Telemanns’s imaginative Paris Quartet in E minor, finishing with an otherworldly passacaglia.   Soile Stratkauskas […]

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  • Oct 4 | A Joyful Restart
    • A Joyful Restart
    • Four outstanding BC early music specialists offer a dazzling spread of some of the finest chamber music of the Baroque Era. Sunny, optimistic trio sonatas by Handel and Bach, a striking sinfonia by the revolutionary Italian composer Alessandro Stradella, and Telemanns’s imaginative Paris Quartet in E minor, finishing with an otherworldly passacaglia.   Soile Stratkauskas […]

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  • Oct 4 | A Joyful Restart
    • A Joyful Restart
    • Four outstanding BC early music specialists offer a dazzling spread of some of the finest chamber music of the Baroque Era. Sunny, optimistic trio sonatas by Handel and Bach, a striking sinfonia by the revolutionary Italian composer Alessandro Stradella, and Telemanns’s imaginative Paris Quartet in E minor, finishing with an otherworldly passacaglia.   Soile Stratkauskas […]

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  • Jan 16 | Purcell Fantasias and Dances
    • Purcell Fantasias and Dances
    • Les Voix Humaines (Montreal) Purcell’s 16 Fantasias are the perfect example of melding of old and new. The exquisitely- balanced sound of consorted strings is peppered with virtuosic Italianate passages, operatic recitativo sections, and French dances designed to please all ears! This programme intersperses the Fantasias with dance movements from Purcell’s opera The Fairy Queen […]

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Next concert

Beauty and Madness
September 27

A Music for the Pause Exclusive Live Event! We are delighted to announce that Music for the Pause will return for one more very special event. Join violinist Chloe Kim in person in Christ Church Cathedral’s large main worship space, along with several of the musicians featured during this incredibly successful online summer event for […]

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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.

Sponsors

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

EMSI News

The Gothic Voices postponed

Dear EMSI friends and supporters, I am sorry to inform you that the Medieval Christmas concert scheduled for December 19th has been postponed to a future season. Given the quarantine period required by visitors from outside Canada, The Gothic…

Music for the Pause

Our eleven concert video series, filmed in the beautiful Chapel of the New Jerusalem at Christ Church Cathedral, will be live-streamed each Friday at 7:30 PM, from July 3rd to September 11th! Watch the concerts live here  (a FaceBook account…

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