About the EMSV

EMSV Players/singers meeting  NEW DATE  Friday March 5th at 7.30pm

For the venue, members please check the EMSV members' section, non members email emsvofvic@gmail.com


The evening will start with prepared items followed by group playing/ singing. 

Those who wish to perform a short (less than 5 min) item, please let Lyn know by email (emsvofvic@gmail.com) as performing slots will be limited to 5 – first in best dressed. 


General playing will include principally English renaissance music

All music will be supplied. Item to be workshopped include:

Dowland     First book of Airs (a4 + lute in tab)

Gibbons      Blessed Are All They a5

Purcell        The Night a 4

Byrd           Though Amaryllis Dance a5

Morley        Fire, Fire, My Heart a5

Gibbons      Blessed Are All They a5

Then if we have time

Galilei         In Exita Israel a4 + lute / kbd

Gabrieli G  O Magnum Mysterium a8

Isaac           Optime Pastor a6

Pitch for the group items will be A440.

People are welcome to stay for a simple evening meal, followed by viol consort music.


Parking: To make it easier for people who want to leave early, if it’s not too wet, please park on the lawn in front of the house. Just keep going straight at the end of the drive, onto the lawn, then park by the stone fenced garden, facing away from the house.

COVID RESTRICTIONS: The numbers present are limited to 30, so please let me know by email if you are coming beforehand.  The first 30 will be accepted. 
Please keep socially distanced from people outside your family group. Singers should be especially careful to stand or sit in front of other people rather than behind them, when singing.
Enquiries Lyn Hawkins 0407 765 220, or email emsvofvic@gmail.com.



EMSV Members can access upcoming concerts, virtual concerts and links to recorded early music concerts on the member's page.

If you've forgotten the EMSV members' password, email emsvofvic@gmail.com.

Membership application form at the bottom of this page.


The Early Music Society of Victoria, (EMSV) Australia, was established in 1979.

Through its activities it encourages and promotes the performance and enjoyment of mediaeval, renaissance and baroque music.

Music written before 1750 is a particularly rich source for ensemble players of modest technique and this is the main focus of our meetings.

The society's aims are:

1. to promote interest in early European music and period style musical instruments, and to present musical performances in as authentic a manner as possible.

2. to encourage and provide facilites for amateur music-making of the medieval, renaissance and baroque periods on period style instruments.

3. to sponsor public recitals by both members and nonmembers who can establish a high standard of performance.

4. to keep members informed of Victorian early-music activities, principally through circulation of a regular email "What's On in Early Music" and this website.


Regular bi-monthly meetings workshop pieces for authentic-style instruments and singers from medieval, renaissance and baroque periods. Music is provided.

All members are invited to participate, either as singers or playing authentic style instruments such as viola da gamba (viols), recorder, sackbut, curtal, dulcian, shawm, cornett, harpsichord, baroque violin, baroque cello, lute, theorbo etc

Individual members or groups are also able to perform short items at the meetings.

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