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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  invited a young professional we hadn'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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For 2019, St. James' Baroque asked 4 young colleagues to join us for Westminster Abbey concerts: cellist Jacob Garside, violinist Sarah Walsh, oboists Andrés Villabos-Lépiz & Hannah Blumsohn.

December 1st 2020     now CANCELLED due to coronavirus      Bach's Christmas Oratorio

December 5th               now CANCELLED due to coronavirus       Handel's Messiah

March 3rd  2021  now postponed, new date tbc

Bach's B Minor mass at St. John's, Smith Square, conducted by Scott Price


March 30th 2021     Bach's St. John Passion at Westminster Abbey, directed by James O'Donnell


May 18th 2021     Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 at Westminster Abbey, directed by James O'Donnell