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.


NEXT EMSV EVENT : EMSV June players/ singers' meeting, Sunday 18th June, 2.30 pm

Venue in Canterbury. Email emsvofvic@gmail.com.au for address,  or EMSV members, see the Members' page for full details.

A Musical afternoon with playing of multi part choral/instrumental late renaissance / early baroque works to be workshopped.

Music provided. Anyone can join in, but instruments must be authentic for the late renaissance - early baroque period.

Singers:  ability to read music needed, but you do not need to sight read as all vocal lines will be doubled.

Instruments: Pitch will be 440 for the multi part works.   

Pieces to be workshopped will include La Dolce Vista a6 (anon); Ich Will den Namen Gottes Loben (Bach); Jubilate Deo a4 (Lassus); Regina Celi Letare a6 (Manchicourt); Laetatus Sum a8 (Schein) and others.

Scores will be provided, but all pieces are available on websites IMSLP or CPDL if you want a sneak preview.


Up to 3 individuals / groups are invited to perform a short item (up to 5 mins). Please let Lyn know if you wish to perform as spaces are limited. Enquiries Lyn 0407 765 220 or emsvofvic@gmail.com.



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 - Felix Wiedenmayer. Died 7th November 2015 in Basel Switzerland.


Felix was a keen EMSV member in the 80s. He came to Australia from Basel, Switzerland in the early 80s while he was working as a paleantologist at the Melbourne Museum. 

He was a notable baroque violin player performing in many EMSV concerts and giving lectures on baroque violins, their repertoire and construction.

He returned to Basel in the late 80s to take up the position of curator of paleontology at the Basel Museum, Switzerland where he contuniued to play violin for many years in a quartet.  

Peter and I visited him in Basel and we had a wonderful time visiting his area in the museum and exploring Basel. In the last couple of years we lost contact with Felix, so we were greatly saddened to here of his passing.


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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