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St James' Baroque

St. James' Baroque was started by Ivor Bolton in 1984.  It's one of the leading period instrument ensembles, appeared at every year of the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music and has also appeared at many other festivals - including four visits to the Proms.


Ivor Bolton made several recordings with St. James's Baroque.  James O'Donnell took over from Ivor as Music Director in 2005.


St. James' Baroque pays close attention to recent historical research, particularly stringing and the

set up of period instruments (or modern copies of old instruments).    


For many years, we have had a wonderful association

with Britain's most celebrated choir, the Choir of Westminster Abbey.

StJames Baroque players

St James' Baroque                                                 PHOTO: Peer Lindgreen

These concerts are such a joy, during 2019 SJB is inviting a young professional we haven't worked with before to join us for each concert.  We figured it would be nice thing to share the experience!

If you are looking for a first rate period instrument ensemble, free thinking, and at the cutting edge of baroque performance practise, you can contact the new administrator of SJB, Louise Jameson, through the group website:

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Young professionals, cellist Jacob Garside and violinist Sarah Walsh,  joined us in April & May.  Oboists Andrés Villabos-Lépiz and Hannah Blumsohn play with us on December 3rd.

April 7th 2020  This performance is now cancelled

Buxtehude's haunting Membra Jesu Nostri,

directed by James O'Donnell with the choir of Westminster Abbey.


May 19th 2020  This performance may be cancelled

Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 at Westminster Abbey, with the Abbey Choir, directed by James O'Donnell