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St. James' Baroque was started by Ivor Bolton in 1984.  It's one of the leading period instrument ensembles, has appeared at every year of the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music and also 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.

Jane Norman (one of our violinists) has volunteered her tech skills to set up a new website for SJB, and   maintain a Facebook page.

Website address coming up soon.

Thank you, Jane!


Jane Norman

If you are looking for a first rate period instrument ensemble, free thinking, and at the cutting edge of baroque performance practise, please email us

December 5th

St. John's, Smith Square

Handel's Messiah

with Scott Price and Schola Cantorum

St James' Baroque

St James' Baroque                                                  PHOTO: Stephen Boffey

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