2018–2019 Season

We publish notices of early music events in the wider community as a courtesy to support early music endeavours here in Nova Scotia. If interested in these events, contact these organizations directly. Contact us if you wish to list your early music event here.

Community Events List:

September 23, 2018 – May 31, 2019
​Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts Baroque Chamber Ensemble Class
Learn historically informed approaches to rhythm, ornamentation, and articulation that really bring this music to life.

October 5–October 31, 2018
New Viola Da Gamba players?

October 25, 2018
King's Night FYP Lectures: #1: Lecture about medieval chant

November 3–November 4, 2018
Here's To The Harpsichord!
Featuring Marie Bouchard, guest harpsichord instructor. Additional exciting educational activities connected to Marie Bouchard’s visit.

November 7, 2018
King's Night FYP Lectures: #2: Renaissance Music: Tuning the Soul

December 27, 2018
Messiah From Scratch 2018 - 40th year.
Now in its 40th year, Messiah from Scratch brings orchestral musicians and singers of all ages together.

June 30, 2019
Oct 13, 2018: Latest changes to the EMS website.
Watch this list to find out what's new or changed in events.

 

September 23, 2018 – May 31, 2019 — ​Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts Baroque Chamber Ensemble Class

Take a journey back in time to discover the distinct musical vocabulary of the Baroque Period (1600-1750) in Europe which featured such beloved composers as Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, and Händel. Learn historically informed approaches to rhythm, ornamentation, and articulation that really bring this music to life. We have in-house harpsichord access and are open to intermediate+ keyboardists, singers, string players, and wind players. Thanks to our collaboration with the Early Music Society of Nova Scotia, there are opportunities to borrow Baroque wind instruments and Baroque-style bows for bowed instruments.

There will be 14 coached sessions spread through the 2018-2019 season, led by specialists selected to cater to the particular mix of instruments/voices in the group. Repertoire will also be specially selected to suit the group’s particular needs. Sheet music will be provided ahead of time for individual practice. Members are expected to also rehearse independently as a group/team and come committed and prepared to take advantage of this unique and wonderful opportunity, offered nowhere else in Halifax.

First class: week of September 23, 2018.
Participants: Ages 13 - Adult.
Faculty: Jennifer Publicover - Baroque flute; and guest artists.

​Interested players should contact the front desk at the Maritime Conservatory and ask to be referred to Jennifer Publicover for more information: http://maritimeconservatory.com/

Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts
6199 Chebucto Road, Halifax
$240 for 14 coached sessions + registration

 

October 5–October 31, 2018 — New Viola Da Gamba players?

Joan Chandler (joan.chandler@ns.sympatico.ca) is interested in talking to anyone who might like to try out viola da gamba.

Some loaners available. Single sessions for a hands-on try, or join a six-session class starting in October.

Contact Joan for start date, cost, and location.

 

October 25, 2018 — King's Night FYP Lectures: #1: Lecture about medieval chant

The King’s Foundation Year Program runs a related lecture series called “Night FYP.”
1st lecture is: "Lecture about medieval chant"

With Paul and Nick Halley and the King’s Chapel Choir

Time TBD

Thursday, October 25, 7:30 p.m.
King’s College Chapel
6350 Coburg Rd, Halifax
Free Admission, open to all

 

November 3–November 4, 2018 — Here's To The Harpsichord!

Featuring Marie Bouchard, guest harpsichord instructor.
Additional exciting educational activities connected to Marie Bouchard’s visit (see EMS concert announcement above) are open to the general public in Room 12.

These are not EMS events per se but will be of interest to members. Pre-registration is required for participants:

- Sat. Nov. 3, 7:30pm: Continuo workshop for advanced and professional keyboard players. Learn how to decipher figured bass – the pop chord notation of the Baroque era – and how to provide this key harmonic support that underpins so much of the music of this time. Bring staff paper, pencils, and your questions, whether they be general or specific to a particular piece – Marie is flexible around the needs of the participants, and workshop ideas submitted ahead of time are also welcome. Admission: $30.

- Sun. Nov. 4, 1:30-3:30pm: Harpsichord masterclass focusing on solo repertoire of the Baroque period, intermediate and advanced. Come for the horizon-expanding experience even if you have only ever played your Baroque repertoire on piano. Limited participant spaces available. Free of cost to Maritime Conservatory participants and auditors as a result of internal fundraising. Others: $25/participant, $15/auditor.

- Marie is also available for private harpsichord lessons.

For more information, registration, and scheduling of all of the above, contact Jennifer Publicover, organizer: jenpublicover@eastlink.ca

Saturday, November 3, 7:30 p.m.
Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts
6199 Chebucto Road, Halifax

 

November 7, 2018 — King's Night FYP Lectures: #2: Renaissance Music: Tuning the Soul

The King’s Foundation Year Program runs a related lecture series called “Night FYP.”
2nd lecture is: "Renaissance Music: Tuning the Soul"

Dr. Ian Stewart, Assistant Professor of Humanities

Wednesday, November 7, 7:30 p.m.
King’s College Chapel
6350 Coburg Rd, Halifax
Free Admission, open to all

 

December 27, 2018 — Messiah From Scratch 2018 - 40th year.

Now in its 40th year, with some musicians participating since conception, Messiah from Scratch brings orchestral musicians and singers of all ages together to support Feed Nova Scotia and the Chebucto Symphony Orchestra.

Messiah music scores are provided for a quick, one-hour rehearsal and then performed for the public, from scratch.

Rehearsal is at 2:00 p.m. and the performance at 3:15 p.m.

Thursday, December 27, 2 p.m.
Faith Tabernacle Church
6225 Summit St, Halifax, NS B3L 1R6
Cost is $10 to participate or attend, with a $10 deposit for scores (refunded when returned). Donations and canned food for Feed Nova Scotia are welcome.

 

June 30, 2019 — Oct 13, 2018: Latest changes to the EMS website.

Latest changes are at the bottom of the list. Stay tuned for more updates!

2018-10-06. Added events for 2019. Added King's FYP, Women In Music,
2018-10-11. Added extra Community events for Marie Bouchard / Harpsichord.
2018-10-13. Updated Oct 20 with music links.