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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 19th

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

Come and hear the overture to Handel's Ode to      St. Cecilia, passacaille from Radamisto, G major flute suite from the Water Music and concerto grosso in Bb, opus 3/2, in between the competitors Handel organ concertos, played on a lovely instrument made by Robin Jennings,

October 8th

back at St. John's Smith Square with the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School Choir - Vivaldi's beautiful D major Gloria and Handel concerto grosso op. 6 no 1 on the bill.

December 3rd

Handel'sMessiah at Westminster Abbey.

StJames Baroque players

St James' Baroque                                                 PHOTO: Peer Lindgreen

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.

These concerts are such a joy, during 2019 SJB is inviting a young professional 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: