encouraging the enjoyment of mediaeval, renaissance and baroque music

Early Music Society of Victoria, (Australia)

The Early Music Society of Victoria (Australia) encourages the enjoyment of mediaeval, renaissance and baroque music.

It runs events such as players' and singers' afternoons, and public concerts.  New members and visitors are most welcome at all activities.



EMSV meeting / workshop

Sunday 9th April, 2.30 pm

at Meredith Sherlock’s home in Frankston. Please email emsvofvic@gmail.com for the exact address of the venue.

Pieces to be workshopped include Schütz, Cantate Dominum (in c maj); Monteverdi, Vieni Imenco, Vanne Orfeo & Lasciate I Monti from Orfeo; O Jesu Mea Vita; Galilei, In Exitu Israel and Gabrieli Lieto Godea. 


An early baroque musical afternoon of choral / instrumental works.

Any singers / instrumentalists can participate in the group playing, but instruments must be in authentic style for the period.

Pitch will be mostly at A440, although there will be some string/voice items done at A415.

Individuals or groups may perform rehearsed items of less than 5 minutes.

Register for performing by 2nd April on emsvofvic@gmail.com, as spaces are limited to 3 groups.





To join the EMSV see the JOIN section for the application form. Annual subscription $10 per email address.

EMSV Members receive "What's On in early music" emails every 2 or 3 weeks.



VALE - Ian Donald


It is with sorrow that I inform the EMSV members and friends that Ian Donald passed away just before Christmas, 2016.

Early Music Society of Victoria

Ian Donald joined St Peter’s Early Music Society in 1979, just before the society changed its name to The Early Music Society of Victoria.

He was a driving force in the Early Music Society from 1979 right through the 80s, being President of the EMSV for four years from 1981 to 1984, and Vice-President in 1985 and 1986.

He was awarded lifetime honorary membership to the Early Music Society for his dedication and work in early music.


Ian organised a series of Early Music Unlimited “EMU” early music festivals for the EMSV from 1981 to 1988. As well as being convenor he also participated in the festivals playing baroque flute with the Telemann Ensemble.

Other notable events that Ian organised for the EMSV and participated in included:

“Fred the Great” Potsdam Concert

In 1986 at Melba Hall, the EMSV presented a grand concert of music by Frederick the Great of Prussia and his court composers and distinguished visitors.  Ian Donald did a wonderful job in bringing this performance together. The performers were Hans-Dieter Michatz, The Melbourne Collegium and Camerata H6 on tour from Hanover, performing J.S. Bach’s Musical Offering.

Delizie di Posilipo – Boscarecce, e Maritime

Ian organised this celebration of early 17th century Italian courtly entertainment was held in the Church of All Nations, with a stellar cast of singers and musicians directed at the harpsichords by John O’Donnell.  The proceeds were given to the Church’s organ restoration fund.  The music was similar to the English masque, and combined instrumental music, song, dance, poetry and acted interludes. 

Outside the EMSV Ian was involved with other early music enterprises.

WEDNESDAY CONSORT (Monash University)

Ian was involved with concerts at the Monash Religious Centre from the 70s. A group of Monash academics formed the early music group, the Wednesday Consort that performed renaissance and baroque music for voices, strings, wind and keyboard for these Religious Centre concerts.


Ian was an inaugural member of the baroque music group The Telemann Ensemble. They performed in many concerts in the 80s and 90s.


From the mid 80s and 90s he became involved with the organisation of the Melbourne International Festival of Organ & Harpsichord  (MIFOH).












































































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