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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, who joined us in April & May.  Fine colleagues, who I know we will see a lot of in the years to come.



December 3rd  2019  - 7pm

Handel's Messiah at Westminster Abbey, where Handel himself is buried.

James O'Donnell, our music director, conducts the Abbey Choir


December 5th 2019 - 7.30pm

Handel's Messiah at  Holy Trinity, Sloane Square

with Scott Price and the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School Choir. to insert body text here ...