Innovative support for local early music performers

Do you have an early music project that needs support? We are here to help!

The Early Music Community Connection (E=mc2 ), can support your project in a variety of ways:

  • protection against financial loss
  • no-charge instrument loans
  • no-charge online promotion and ticketing (subject to modest credit card fees)
  • venue liability insurance
  • low-cost use of recording equipment and sound engineer
  • practical and artistic advice
  • co-ordination of volunteer assistance for front-of-house and other logistics

The Early Music Society of the Islands has created this unique new program with the goal of encouraging and supporting local musicians and musical organizations mounting early music concerts and other events.

Professional and amateur musicians on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands are invited to apply.

To qualify for support, you must be planning a public event that features music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance or Baroque periods. No audition is required. We want to encourage musicians of all levels and experience.

Financial assistance will be limited to an annual (June through May) funded total, and granted on a first-come-first-serve basis (see details in the documentation package).

We welcome applications all year round. Please contact us to request a documentation package:

Upcoming Events

Polorum Regina: A Mini Tour of the Trecento

Date & Time TBA

Church of Truth, 111 Superior St

Entry by donation.

Duo Corvi: Julie Ryning voice & Katelyn Clark portatif organ

with special guests

Daria: Douglas Hensley lute & Arian Aminalroaya percussion 

This concert explores an assortment of gorgeous fourteenth-century works, including pieces from the Rossi Codex, Roman de Fauvel, and the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat.

Details will be posted soon on the Duo Corvi website.

Queen of Hearts

Coming this fall from Duo Corvi

Julie Ryning voice and Katelyn Clark harpsichord 

A video performance featuring works by Monteverdi, Couperin, and Haydn. This concert includes Duo Corvi’s interpretation of Haydn’s secular cantata Arianna a Naxos, Hob. XXXVIb:2 (for solo high voice and keyboard), based on the London edition published by the Author in June 1791 and inspired by Haydn’s London performance of the work with himself at the harpsichord and castrato Pacchierotti as Princess Ariadne.

Recent Events

The Salt Spring Baroque Music Society presented two sold-out performances of Summer Baroque in the Trees in August 2021, with Carolyn Hatch (baroque violin), Edgar Bridwell (baroque violin & guitar), Kerry Graham (baroque bassoon & recorder) & Anne Duranceau (viola da gamba & hackbrett).

The Baroque Ensemble of Salt Spring Island presented their inaugural concert, recorded at Beaver Point Hall, in April 2021. The program, featuring music by Telemann, Matteis, Vivaldi, Boismortier and Loeillet, is still available on the Salt Spring Baroque Music Society website.