Vancouver has a wealth of Early Music concerts and Workshops both near at home and further afield. The links below are merely a guide. If you know of an upcoming event and think it should be posted, please contact us here. For performances by our own members, whether busking, playing in Church or for an event, or for a more formal concert, please look at our Member Activities page.
Concerts and Recitals
Early Music Vancouver
Pacific Baroque Orchestra
Check the EM website to buy tickets and for a full list of concerts. First concert of the Winter season begins on 26 September.
Gallery Singers : Vancouver's Early Music Choir
Nothing at this time.
St. James Music Series
Nothing at this time
Salish Sea Early Music Festival
7 concerts featuring period instrument chamber music from six centuries.
Dates various Wednesdays, January to June at 7.30
Venue Knox United Church, 5600 Balaclava St., Vancouver
Of particular note 24 April: Baroque Winds with Vicki Boeckmann and 8 May: Baroque Trio Jest with Suzie Napper
See the website for a complete list of concerts and performers.
Victoria and the Islands
ArtSpring / Bach on the Rock Music Society
Contrasto Armonico: a Musical Banquet director/harpsichord player, Marco Vitale; baroque violin, Enrique Gomez-Cabrero Fernandez; baroque flute and recorder player Romeo Ciuffa.
Date Tuesday, 14 May, 2019 at 7.30
Venue ArtSpring-Island Arts, 100 Jackson Ave., Salt Spring Island.
Works by Boismortier, Handel, Matteis, Purcell, Draghi, Telemann, and Rameau.
This is a fundraising concert for Bach on the Rock, with 50% of the proceeds from ticket sales going to the Bach on the Rock Music Society.
Early Music Society of the Islands
Check EMSI website for a full list of concerts:
Victoria Baroque Players
Check their website for a full list of concerts:
Early Music Guild of Oregon
Oregon Renaissance Band and Ensemble De Organography
Performance schedules for both groups
3rd International Tel Aviv Recorder Competition
open to all ages and all nationalities, to soloists and ensembles.
The competition is held in conjunction with TARF (Tel Aviv Recorder Festival) February 2020
The aim of the competition is to encourage the professional development of aspiring recorder players and to cultivate Israeli music for the recorder.
Prizes include money prizes, professional studio recording of a master, instruments & music accessories. A paid recital at the 2020 Nordhorn recorder festival. A paid recital in the 4th Tel Aviv recorder festival.
More information: http://www.icm.org.il/the-3rd-international-recorder-festival-2020/
Workshops, Classes and Competitions, here, near and abroad
For BCRS Workshops, please click here.
For details about the workshops below, which are all in Canada or the Pacific NorthWest region, click on the specific links.
For other workshops in North America, check out the American Recorder Magazine, Spring issue.
For workshops abroad scroll down to UK, Europe, Israel
Workshops on the Baroque Recorder Repertoire
Baroque Performance Series
A program directed by Alan Thrasher, Professor Emeritus, UBC, the aim being to explore the beautiful solo and trio sonatas of Loeillet and other masters for alto (treble) recorder, with harpsichord.
Level: For intermediate and advanced intermediate players (level to be determined in advance).
Focus: Baroque performance style, including ornamentation, articulation, phrasing, temperament and other elements of musicianship.
New for 2018/19: Different ornamentation options of same sonatas may be examined, based upon historic recordings and new editions.
For information about the instructor, repertoire, location, scheduling and fee structure, click HERE. Several BCRS members have studied with Alan. Send an email to BCRS be put in touch.
Victoria and Vancouver Island
Summer Baroque Academy for Instrumentalists
Victoria Conservatory of Music, Victoria, BC
July 12 - 20, 2019
This summer, for the first time, the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Victoria Baroque, and Early Music Vancouver (EMV) will be working together to produce a week long summer intensive training program in period instrument performance led by members of Victoria Baroque and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra. This course is aimed at players who already have experience playing on baroque instruments as well as those with no prior experience but who have a solid proficiency on their modern instrument equivalents and are interested in taking their first steps with period instruments. The programme welcomes advanced music students, professional musicians and advanced amateurs. Instruction is available for strings, woodwinds, and harpsichord. There are some baroque instruments and bows available for loan (inquiries can be sent to Soile Stratkauskas, course director at firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Baroque Academy is an exciting and low cost opportunity to immerse oneself in baroque instrument performance, and to expand one’s technical and stylistic understanding and skills in a focused and friendly environment. The course offers a generous amount of one-to-one instruction and small group and orchestral coaching by leading West Coast early music specialists.
Recorder Workshops in the US Northwest
Washington and Oregon
Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat
sponsored by the Portland Recorder Society Date: TBA: March, 2020
Venue: Menucha Retreat Center, Corbett, Oregon.
Workshop location: Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, Corbett, OR (about 20 miles east of Portland)
Further information: Portland Recorder Society
If you have questions, feel free to contact Susan Campbell, CGEMR workshop administrator, at email@example.com.
Sitka Centre, Lincoln, Oregon
Winds and Waves Recorder Workshop
Date May, 2020
Venue Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, just north of Lincoln City, Oregon.
More information https://www.sitkacenter.org/workshops/winds-and-waves-recorder-workshop-2
Total Cost: $285
Minimum Age Level: 16+
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Port Townsend Early Music Workshop
presented by Seattle Recorder Society
Date , 2021
Venue University of Puget Sound
An opportunity for players of recorder, viol, and historical winds to study and play music of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Baroque, and the 20th-21st centuries. The Port Townsend Early Music Workshop is held every other year.
SFEMS Workshops July 2019
Venue San Francisco and environs, CA
Registration NOW OPEN http://sfems.org/?page_id=1361
Baroque Workshop: A Transalpina Sommerreise: Hamburg to Venice June 23 – 29,
Medieval/Renaissance Workshop: Sine nomine: Celebrating Anonymous Composers and Songs with No Name June 30 – July 6
Recorder Workshop I: Heaven and Earth, July 7 – 13
Recorder Workshop II: Shadows and Light, 14 – 20
Musical Discovery Workshop/Youth Collegium: Colonial America: Yankee Doodle is Coming to Town! June 16 – 21,
Hidden Valley Early Music Road Scholar
Master classes and consort classes.
Week 1: Recorder and viola da gamba
Dates: 29 Oct. - 4 Nov
Week 2: Recorder, viola da gamba, shawm, and dulcian
Dates: 5 - 11 Nov.
Next Level Recorder Retreat
Master musicians Frances Blaker and Letitia Berlin are joined by Heloise Degrugillier in this four day intensive retreat for intermediate and advanced recorder players who are ready to elevate their craft to the next level.
Dates: TBA, February, 2020
Venue: Hidden Valley, Carmel Valley, Ca
Registration: For more information, click here
For more details & application click HERE. For questions and inquries call (510) 882-1169 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Workshops in the United States
See the Spring edition of the American Recorder Society magazine
B&B + Consort Workshop
Spend a week in Guadarrama near Madrid as part of a trio or quartet. Come as a group, or join with others on-site. 7 nights, and rates include pick-up from Madrid airport, 2 excursions and 2 meals a day.
*Recommended by several BCRS members.
Early Music Guild of Oregon
Early Music Workshop
Dates: 25-30 August, 2019 (Friday to Sunday)
Venue: Castle Glarisegg, Steckborn, on the shores of Lake Constance
Registration: Click here for the Registration form
Brochure: Click here
Further information: Early Music Guild of Oregon
Try these links for more events in: the US, the UK and Europe and Israel