• 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.

    Live concert Sept 27th!watch a clip
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Upcoming Concerts

  • Dec 12 | A Baroque Christmas
    • A Baroque Christmas
    • EMSI presents a varied Christmas programme featuring baroque music from Austria, France, Germany, Italy – and Canada! In addition to works by Biber, Campra, Telemann, and the featured work, the charming Cantata Pastorella by Benedikt Aufschnaiter (1665-1742), the concert includes the seventeenth-century “Huron Carol” sung in the original Huron/Wendat.   Jan van der Hooft  tenor […]

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  • Dec 12 | A Baroque Christmas
    • A Baroque Christmas
    • EMSI presents a varied Christmas programme featuring baroque music from Austria, France, Germany, Italy – and Canada! In addition to works by Biber, Campra, Telemann, and the featured work, the charming Cantata Pastorella by Benedikt Aufschnaiter (1665-1742), the concert includes the seventeenth-century “Huron Carol” sung in the original Huron/Wendat.   Jan van der Hooft  tenor […]

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  • Dec 13 | A Baroque Christmas
    • A Baroque Christmas
    • EMSI presents a varied Christmas programme featuring baroque music from Austria, France, Germany, Italy – and Canada! In addition to works by Biber, Campra, Telemann, and the featured work, the charming Cantata Pastorella by Benedikt Aufschnaiter (1665-1742), the concert includes the seventeenth-century “Huron Carol” sung in the original Huron/Wendat.   Jan van der Hooft  tenor […]

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  • Dec 13 | A Baroque Christmas
    • A Baroque Christmas
    • EMSI presents a varied Christmas programme featuring baroque music from Austria, France, Germany, Italy – and Canada! In addition to works by Biber, Campra, Telemann, and the featured work, the charming Cantata Pastorella by Benedikt Aufschnaiter (1665-1742), the concert includes the seventeenth-century “Huron Carol” sung in the original Huron/Wendat.   Jan van der Hooft  tenor […]

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A Baroque Christmas
December 12

EMSI presents a varied Christmas programme featuring baroque music from Austria, France, Germany, Italy – and Canada! In addition to works by Biber, Campra, Telemann, and the featured work, the charming Cantata Pastorella by Benedikt Aufschnaiter (1665-1742), the concert includes the seventeenth-century “Huron Carol” sung in the original Huron/Wendat.   Jan van der Hooft  tenor […]

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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

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…

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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