About the EMSV & membership application form

About the EMSV, and Membership application form at the bottom of the page


Next event:          EMSV Viola da Gamba Consort Workshop   24th - 25th April 2021 - see events page for details.

Further enquiries to Lyn or Peter Hawkins  at  emsvofvic@gmail.com , or 0407 765 220.


The Early Music Society of Victoria's annual Soirée will be held at the Auburn Hotel (formerly the Geebung Polo Club), 85 Auburn Rd, East Hawthorn, on Sunday 16th May, from 2-5 pm.

Cost will be $15 per head, which includes snacks but not drinks.

Members wishing to perform should advise Lyn Hawkins emsvofvic@gmail.com of what they intend to perform, and its duration.  Performances are to be limited to 12 groups, each a maximum of 5 minutes duration.  First in, best dressed. 

Members wishing to attend should advise Lyn Hawkins emsvofvic@gmail.com so that appropriate catering is provided.  Numbers may be limited by Covid restrictions.


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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