About

Early Music Society of the Islands

Based in Victoria, BC, the Early Music Society of the Islands (EMSI) is a non-profit society founded in 1985 to present concerts featuring internationally renowned soloists and ensembles. EMSI also presents early music concerts by accomplished local musicians.

EMSI is committed to the idea that artistically successful performances of early music are historically informed. All of the Society's concerts feature original instruments, historical performance practices and accurate scores.

The list of soloists and ensembles presented by EMSI in Victoria is a who's who of the international early music scene: Anonymus 4, Nancy Argenta, Ensemble Anonymus, Julianne Baird, the Baltimore Consort, Camerata Koln, Marc Destrube, John Holloway, Monica Huggett, Dame Emma Kirkby, Ton Koopman, La Venexiana, London Baroque, the Orlando Consort, Andrew Manze, Ronn McFarlane, Paul O'Dette, Simon Standage, Tafelmusik and many others have appeared in Victoria under the Society's auspices.

Information :

Early Music Society
[email protected]
Memberships, Subscriptions, Tickets:
Royal-McPherson Box Office
(Mon.-Sat., 9:30 -17:30 Pacific Time)
Local calls
250-386-6121
Toll free
1-888-717-6121

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Past Events

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25
Apr
14:30 16:30
Tallis Scholars (UK)
Whoever the Armed Man (L'homme armé) originally was, he left a deep impression ...
$10-$40
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
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27
Mar
20:00 22:00
Ensemble Caprice (Montreal)
Today it is often forgotten that Handel’s Messiah was composed for performance...
$8-$30
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
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27
Feb
20:00 22:00
Mireille Lebel (mezzosoprano), Rudolfo Richter (violin and direction), Ensembl...
This light-hearted alternative to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons includes other concer...
$8-$30
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
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16
Jan
20:00 22:00
Les Voix Humaines (Montreal)
Purcell’s 16 Fantasias are the perfect example of melding of old and new. The ...
$8-$30
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
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19
Dec
2020
20:00 22:00
Gothic Voices (UK)
Hear the fervour of familiar and unknown carols in their original 15th century f...
$10-$40
St Andrews Cathedral
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08
Nov
2020
14:30
Le Tendre Amour (Barcelona), Carolina Pozuela Montero and Miguel Lara (flamenc...
Earth, Air, Fire, and Water personified meet in a Spanish bar in Antonio de Lite...
$15-$85
McPherson Playhouse
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07
Nov
2020
20:00
Le Tendre Amour (Barcelona), Carolina Pozuela Montero and Miguel Lara (flamenc...
Earth, Air, Fire, and Water personified meet in a Spanish bar in Antonio de Lite...
$15-$85
McPherson Playhouse
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26
Sep
2020
20:00 22:00
Pieter-Jan Belder (Netherlands)
Since 1741 Bach’s Goldberg Variations have been regarded as one of the pinnacl...
$8-$30
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
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28
Aug
2020
20:00 21:45
Chloe Kim (NY), Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith (Victoria)
As the violin travelled north from Italy, it was eagerly adopted by a new genera...
$8-$30
Chapel of the New Jerusalem
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16
Apr
2020
23:00
Dean Singh
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Jennifer Van Es
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05
Feb
2017
Mozart and Le Mozart Noir
Early Music Society of the Islands (EMSI) embarks on another Northwest Baroque M...
$26
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
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05
Feb
2017
Mozart and Le Mozart Noir
Early Music Society of the Islands (EMSI) embarks on another Northwest Baroque M...
$26-$35
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
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05
Feb
2017
Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra
Early Music Society of the Islands (EMSI) embarks on another Northwest Baroque M...
$26-$35
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
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17
Dec
2016
Pacific Baroque Orchestra
Early Music Society of the Islands (EMSI) and Christ Church Cathedral, in collab...
Christ Church Cathedral
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17
Sep
2016
23:00
Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Amanda Forsythe
As part of its ongoing Northwest Baroque Masterworks Project, Early Music Societ...
$35
Christ Church Cathedral
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06
Aug
2016
22:00
Arion Baroque Orchestra, Alexander Weimann
Early Music Society of the Islands with Early Music Vancouver and Christ Church ...
$26-$35
Christ Church Cathedral
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12
Apr
2014
20:00
Monica Huggett (UK): Seventeenth-century German cantatas
EMSI is proud to present the Victoria debut of Harry Van der Kamp, the legendary...
$10-$27
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
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15
Mar
2014
Boston Early Music Festival (USA): Charpentier
Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne ...
$65-$85
McPherson Playhouse
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14
Mar
2014
Boston Early Music Festival (USA): Charpentier
Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne ...
$65-$125
McPherson Playhouse
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22
Feb
2014
20:00
Simphonie Nouvelle (Seattle): Emanuel Bach Tricentennial
2014 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of C.P.E. Bach. EMSI celebrates by...
$10-$27
Alix Goolden Performance Hall

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