The Early Music Society of Queensland was founded in 1974. The initiative was from Geoff Wills, who was the president for many years, together with Senator George Georges, who became the patron of the Society. Geoff’s main interest was instrument building. As a seaman, he had time to spare while at sea and a workshop in which he could indulge in his hobby. There are many viols made by Geoff around Australia and many viol players got started with his instruments. Geoff died in September 2000. The activities of the Society over the years have been varied. They include early music concerts, instrument making, workshops and meetings where people get together to play, sing or dance. EMSQ continues to support early music in Queensland.
In 2018, EMSQ again became an Incorporated Association and a new set of Rules were approved which conform with current legislation. A copy of the Rules can be downloaded here.
Newsletters are produced every two months. A sample newsletter can be downloaded here.
For 2019, the EMSQ Committee comprises Patrice Connelly, President; Patrick Johns, Secretary; John Nightingale, Treasurer; plus committee members Yvette Friend, Michael Yelland, Shaun Wigley, Alex Averi and Wendy Russell. All can be contacted via the general EMSQ email on the Contact page.