Much as folk revere Bach, they regularly ignore the written evidence that survives (often in his own hand).  We convened a rehearsal, Monday of Holy Week 2021, and worked through the alternate pieces that survive for the John Passion, with close attention to the instrumentation & forces available to him in his early performances.  


It was a wonderful experience for us all - so seldom that working musicians have the time to do that. Shame that we could not invite anybody in to listen!

March 23rd 2022   7.30pm

Bach's St.  John Passion at St. James's Church,

Spanish Place W1  with Scott Price  & the Schola Cantorum of Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School

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April 12th  7pm

Bach's St.  John Passion at Westminster Abbey,

with James O'Donnell  & the Westminster Abbey Choir.

May 2022  Westminster Abbey

Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610

directed by James O'Donnell with the choir of Westminster Abbey

St James' Baroque

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.

St James' Baroque                                                  PHOTO: Stephen Boffey