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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, has been the 'house' orchestra of the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music and has also appeared at many other festivals - including four visits to the Proms. Ivor Bolton has made several recordings with St. James's Baroque.  


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.


James O'Donnell, the Organist and Master of the Choristers of Westminster, has taken over from Ivor Bolton as Music Director of St. James' Baroque.  

One illustrious colleague describes him as the

finest musician to occupy the Abbey post since Henry Purcell.


In July 2015, St. James' Baroque joined Robert Quinney and the New College Choir for a recording of anthems by John Blow.

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).        


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: