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The Early Music Society of Nova Scotia
welcomes Internet visitors to the EMSNS website!

Non-members are welcome at all Society events by donation.

2014–2015 Season


Saturday, September 13, 2014, 7:30 pm: Hallelujah-ing with Handel. St James Anglican Church, 2668 Joseph Howe Drive, Halifax. One of our most popular annual events, this is a welcoming get-together for early music lovers both new and returning, as we sing and play through Zadok the Priest and other gorgeous Handel choruses. All instrumentalists and singers are welcome! Led by conductor, violinist and singer, Eszter Horvath.

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 7:30 pm: Never Too Late. Parish Hall, Christ Church, 50 Wentworth Street, Dartmouth. Have you always wondered about trying out an early instrument? Well, it’s Never Too Late! We’ll get together with experienced coaches and some of the Dal/EMSNS early instrument collection, and take a chance on trying something new. Signup information will be sent out in October.

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 7:00 pm: Charpentier Messe de minuit. St James Anglican Church, 2668 Joseph Howe Drive, Halifax. Our annual reading of Charpentier’s Christmas Mass has become an EMSNS holiday tradition. We’ll also have a chance to sing through the ancient French carols underlying this beloved work. All singers and instrumentalists welcome (note earlier start time).

Saturday, January 18, 2015, 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.

January 28–31, 2015: Colpron/Bergsma Visit. Recorder virtuosos Francis Colpron and Femke Bergsma return to Halifax for a Music Room concert, A Big Band evening, a lecture/workshop, open coachings and more! Stay tuned for detailed schedule.

Saturday, March 14, 2015: Early Music Concert Showcase. 7:30 pm, MacAloney Room, Dal Arts Centre, 6101 University Avenue, Halifax. Local professional, amateur and student ensembles present a cornucopia of early music offerings in honour of Dr. David Wilson, founding EMSNS member and former chair of Dal Music. A request for donations toward a student concerto performance at this concert will be sent out later this year.

April 2015: EMSNS Early Music Camp. In an exciting new project this spring, we’ll be inviting ensembles and individual players to enroll in a weekend “Early Music Camp,” where you’ll rehearse intensively and work with expert coaches to take your group to the next level, or start a brand new ensemble! Featuring a faculty concert on Saturday, and a final concert on Sunday.

Saturday, May 2, 2015: End-of-Year Party. 4:00 pm, All Saints Cathedral Hall, 1330 Martello St, Halifax. Our end-of-season get-together in the Cathedral’s airy new hall will feature food, drink, 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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