Update for the April 18 concert

As was to be expected, this concert will be cancelled and we come to the end of our 2019-20 season.

Please be assured, the work still goes on from our end of things as we look forward to the 2020-21 year and undertake planning for 2021-22.

At some point, we will update the website with the upcoming season and you will be able to purchase your choices through the McPherson Box Office.

When you are contacted regarding the tickets you have pre-purchased for the April concert, please do consider receiving a tax receipt for a donation of your purchase back to the Society.

Regional arts organizations, as well as the people and businesses they support, will experience unprecedented hardship as the world and our community navigates through this Covid-19 pandemic.

Thank you so much for your patronage that has allowed the Society to offer superb Early Music in Victoria. 

 During this period, on behalf of the Artistic Director and the entire EMSI Board of Directors, I wish the best to you as you care for yourself and the meaningful people in  your  life.   Please take care, we will see you in the new Season.

Rondallyn Perras
President, Early Music Society of the Islands 


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 Collegium Vocale Gent
Boston Early Music Festival

and a host of others.