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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


July 20th

we are playing in Durham Cathedral with Daniel Cook, Organist and Master of the Choristers,  and the Cathedral Choir for the Brass Festival.

J. S. Bach's D major Magnificat and A major Lutheran Mass as well as the Second Brandenburg concerto - with soloists

Rachel Brown, recorder

Gail Hennessy, oboe

Simon Munday, trumpet

Miki Takahashi, violin


Future performances include Handel's Messiah with Schola Cantorum from the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, Bach's St. John Passion at Westminster Abbey and Buxtehude "Membra Jesu Nostri" with Amici Voices.

StJames Baroque players

St James' Baroque                                                 PHOTO: Peer Lindgreen

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

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

For many years, we have had a great association

with two of Britain's most celebrated choirs,  

the Choir of Westminster Abbey and the BBC Singers, two absolute jewels in the crown of British music making.

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: