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The Early Music Society of Nova Scotia
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Non-members are welcome at all Society events by donation.

2013–2014 Season


Saturday, September 28, 2013, 7:30 pm: Pleasures with Purcell. St James Anglican Church, 2668 Joseph Howe Drive, Halifax. One of our most popular events last year, this is a welcoming get- together for early music lovers both new and returning, as we sing and play through Purcell’s delightful birthday ode for Queen Mary, Welcome to all the pleasures.” All instrumentalists and singers are welcome! Led by conductor, violinist and singer, Eszter Horvath.

Saturday, October 12, 2013, 7:30 pm: Dance The Night Away. Parish Hall, St George’s Anglican Church, 2222 Brunswick St, Halifax. Geoffrey Lee-Dadswell leads us in a fun, friendly, frolicking evening of dance from the courts of 15th–17th-century France, Italy and England. Get on your feet and get your pulse racing as we explore the dance steps that lie at the heart of of the music we enjoy playing so much. And if dancing's not for you, come and help supply the tunes!

Saturday, November 9, 2013, 7:30 pm: Betsy's Big Band. Lower Hall, Faith Tabernacle Church, 6225 Summit St, Halifax. Internationally known performer and leader of McGill’s early music ensembles Betsy MacMillan returns to lead us in an evening of Renaissance instrumental and vocal music. All singers and instrumentalists welcome.

Sunday, December 29, 2013, 7:30 pm: Charpentier Messe de minuit. St James Anglican Church, 2668 Joseph Howe Drive, Halifax. Our annual reading of Charpentier's Christmas Mass based on French carols has become a beloved EMSNS holiday tradition. All singers and instrumentalists welcome.

Saturday, January 18, 2014, 7:30 pm: Mid-Winter Tune-Up. Bethany United Church, 7171 Clinton Avenue, Halifax. The always-popular Mid-Winter Tune-Up, a chance for groups and individuals to showcase the short pieces (up to 8 minutes) they have been working on. Share your music, or come and listen! A call for participation will be circulated in December.

Saturday, February 8, 2014: Renaissance Choral Tuning Workshop. 7:30 pm, Parish Hall, St George’s Anglican Church. By popular request, choral specialist Andrew Pickett expands on his 2012 EMSNS lecture “It’s Just Intonation” with a participatory session on how to create the clean, seamless harmonies that make Renaissance polyphony so beautiful. All singers welcome.

Saturday, May 3, 2014: Lutheran Music in the Little Dutch Church. 2:00 pm, Little Dutch Church, 2393 Brunswick St, Halifax. The Little Dutch (“Deutsch”) Church, built in 1756, is the oldest Lutheran Church in Canada. Garth MacPhee leads us in singing early Lutheran music (Praetorius, Crüger, J.S. Bach and more!) in this evocative and charming Halifax landmark.

Saturday, May 24, 2014: End-of-Year Party. 4:00 pm, Sally Ravindra’s home, 12 Pottery Lane, Halifax. Our closing wine-and-cheese in Sally’s airy studio was a big hit last year! Featuring entertainment by talented local early music performers and, as always, a very short Annual General Meeting.


New for 2013–2014: Lecture Series


This year we are delighted to introduce an annual series of lectures on various aspects of early music study and performance, featuring local and visiting experts. Lectures will take place at the Dalhousie Arts Centre, beginning in October; exact dates to be announced.

Lecturers for 2013/14:

Alexander Weimann, internationally-known keyboardist and conductor

Henri Gauci, flautist and organologist

Jeanne Lamon, baroque violinist and artistic director of Tafelmusik

Dr. Gordon Callon, early music editor and professor at Acadia University


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