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:

November 18, 2018
Galileo Baroque Choir performs "Seven Bachs".
A new ensemble, founded by early music specialist Andrew Pickett, will perform works by seven different members of the Bach musical family.

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
As of Nov 10, 2018: Latest changes to the EMS website
Watch this list to find out what's new or changed in events.

 

November 18, 2018 — Galileo Baroque Choir performs "Seven Bachs".

A new ensemble founded by early music specialist Andrew Pickett, will perform works by seven different members of the Bach musical family in their début programme.

The new chamber choir is made up of some of Halifax’s finest choral musicians, including trained professionals, experienced veterans and gifted young singers from a wide range of backgrounds, representing many of the city’s top choirs; the group began rehearsing in September, accompanied by Lynette Wahlstrom. The concert will feature guest artists Garth MacPhee, continuo organ, and Hilary Brown, cello.

The programme includes motets (religious anthems), some very rare, written by members of the Bach family in Germany over a period of about 150 years. In addition to works by J.S. Bach and his famous son Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach, the programme also features works by relatives across four generations, with names like Johann Ernst, Johann Christoph, and Johann Ludwig (evidently Johann was a popular name in the family!)

Creating the programme took several weeks, including virtual visits to digital libraries in Germany and Poland to view manuscripts of rare pieces, some of which we believe may never have been performed in Halifax before, or even in Canada. Some are sparkling, some are haunting, some are moving, and all are very beautiful.

Sunday, November 18, 7:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church
1300 Oxford St, Halifax
Admission is $20 ($10 students) at the door.

 

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 — As of Nov 10, 2018: Latest changes to the EMS website

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

2018-10-24. Updated Board Meeting notice.
2018-10-27. Mid-Winter Tuneup @ Bethany.
2018-11-10. Added Galileo choir event.