Based in Victoria, BC, the Early Music Society of the Islands (EMSI) is a
non-profit, fully volunteer 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
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 Köln, Marc Destrubé, John Holloway, Monica Huggett, 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.