ART ISLE Baroque Concerts

In 2021, Contrasto Armonico and the madrigal ensemble Consort 1607 will tour three Gulf Islands and perform six concerts during this inaugural year of the festival. Experience chamber music and Monteverdi’s madrigals in the beautiful Gulf Islands. More info will follow! Stay tuned!


During his Italian stay, Handel spent the majority of his time in Rome under the patronage of Marchese Francesco Maria Ruspoli, Cardinal Benedetto Pamphilij, Cardinal Carlo Colonna and Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni. Rome did not offer Italian opera, but Handel’s patrons were members of the Accademia degli Arcadi (‘The Arcadian Academy’).  The Academy was founded in … Read more


Tasto solo is an Italian term used in music scores, usually on the continuo part, to indicate that a note or section should be played on its own, without harmony. The phrase first appeared in music theory books in the eighteenth century, but was used by composers such as Arcangelo Corelli before this time.  The … Read more


In 2020, Salt Spring violinist Carolyn Hatch formed a small instrumental ensemble dedicated to the performance of Baroque music.  BESSI (the Baroque Ensemble of Salt Spring Island) arose from a need for local musicians to continue playing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The number of players was purposely kept small, in this way the musicians could … Read more


1607 is a vocal and instrumental consort founded by Marco Vitale and based on on the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. After presenting a choral workshop at the University of Victoria,  Marco envisioned a bringing together of talented vocalists in the Vancouver island area to perform Italian madrigals at a professional level.  The ensemble focuses … Read more

Baroque Music Workshop

Immerse yourself in three days of music-making under the direction of world-renowned baroque harpsichordist and composer Marco Vitale. The Salt Spring Island 3-day Baroque Music Workshop is for singers and instrumentalists who are interested in learning about historically informed performance practice.  All students, amateurs, semi-professional and professional musicians who sing or play at an accomplished level … Read more