• 36th Season Reimagined!

    EMSI is happy to be bringing you new limited-seating live concerts this season. Tickets for our November and December concerts are now on sale, and our spring 2021 concerts will be announced shortly.

  • Music for the Pause

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

    About Music for the Pausewatch the previews (full concert videos coming soon!)
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Upcoming Concerts

  • Nov 27 | CANCELLED — The Dark Side of Vivaldi
    • CANCELLED — The Dark Side of Vivaldi
    • Due to the latest public health restrictions, we have unfortunately had to cancel the live presentation of The Dark Side of Vivaldi. However, EMSI is working to bring you this event as a virtual concert in the new year. Ticket holders should have been contacted, but please direct inquiries to the VCM Box Office at […]

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  • Nov 27 | CANCELLED — The Dark Side of Vivaldi
    • CANCELLED — The Dark Side of Vivaldi
    • Due to the latest public health restrictions, we have unfortunately had to cancel the live presentation of The Dark Side of Vivaldi. However, EMSI is working to bring you this event as a virtual concert in the new year. Ticket holders should have been contacted, but please direct inquiries to the VCM Box Office at […]

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  • Dec 12 | CANCELLED – A Baroque Christmas
    • CANCELLED – A Baroque Christmas
    • EMSI is very sorry to cancel the live performance of A Baroque Christmas due to the latest public health restrictions, but the show must go on and the concert will be recorded. We hope to have the video ready for you in time for Christmas, so you can enjoy seasonal music with Jan van der […]

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  • Dec 12 | CANCELLED – A Baroque Christmas
    • CANCELLED – A Baroque Christmas
    • EMSI is very sorry to cancel the live performance of A Baroque Christmas due to the latest public health restrictions, but the show must go on and the concert will be recorded. We hope to have the video ready for you in time for Christmas, so you can enjoy seasonal music with Jan van der […]

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  • Dec 13 | CANCELLED – A Baroque Christmas
    • CANCELLED – A Baroque Christmas
    • EMSI is very sorry to cancel the live performance of A Baroque Christmas due to the latest public health restrictions, but the show must go on and the concert will be recorded. We hope to have the video ready for you in time for Christmas, so you can enjoy seasonal music with Jan van der […]

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  • Dec 13 | CANCELLED – A Baroque Christmas
    • CANCELLED – A Baroque Christmas
    • EMSI is very sorry to cancel the live performance of A Baroque Christmas due to the latest public health restrictions, but the show must go on and the concert will be recorded. We hope to have the video ready for you in time for Christmas, so you can enjoy seasonal music with Jan van der […]

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Next concert

CANCELLED — The Dark Side of Vivaldi
November 27

Due to the latest public health restrictions, we have unfortunately had to cancel the live presentation of The Dark Side of Vivaldi. However, EMSI is working to bring you this event as a virtual concert in the new year. Ticket holders should have been contacted, but please direct inquiries to the VCM Box Office at […]

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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 Dark Side of Vivaldi now on Friday November 27th

Due to the new temporary non-essential travel restrictions in and out of the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions, we have changed the date of this concert to Friday November 27th so that our Vancouver-based harpsichordist, Christina…

36th Annual General Meeting

All new and returning EMSI members are invited to join us for our AGM, to be held via Zoom on St Cecilia's Day, November 22nd at 3pm. If you have not yet purchased your 2020/2021 EMSI membership, please do so here in order to receive your information…

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…

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