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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.


2019  March 17th  at 6.30pm

St. John's, Harpenden  AL5 1DJ

in association with Amici Voices, we will play Buxtehude's  Membra Jesu Nostri, Jubilate Domino and a Prelude in g minor for organ.  


April 16th

We are back at Westminster Abbey to play Bach's

St. John Passion with James O'Donnell and the Abbey choir.


May 14th

looking forward to another concert with James in the London Festival of Baroque Music, at Westminster Abbey.


July 19th

We are delighted to have been invited to play for St. Albans International Organ Festival.

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: