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.

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

It is many years now since I took over running St. James' Baroque.  Time enough someone else in our lovely group had their chance.

After our concert in May, Jane Norman (one of the violinists) is gradually taking over from me.

Jane will be setting up a new website for SJB as well as maintaining a Facebook page.

For future events, please email Jane on


Jane Norman

May 19th - at 7pm

Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 at

Westminster Abbey,

directed by

James O'Donnell

with the choir of Westminster Abbey

Part of the London Festival of Baroque Music

St James' Baroque

St James' Baroque                                                  PHOTO: Stephen Boffey