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photo by Peer LindgreenSt. James’ Baroque, one of the UK’s leading period instrument ensembles, was founded by Ivor Bolton in 1984.  It appeared at every one of the Lufthansa Festivals of Baroque Music (for many years as the Festival ‘house‘ orchestra) as well as the subsequent London Festivals of Baroque Music that grew out of the Lufthansa Festival.  St. James' Baroque many other festival appearances, at home and abroad, include four appearances at the BBC Proms.

Under Ivor Bolton‘s direction recordings were made of Bach‘s solo harpsichord concertos, Purcell‘s Dido and Aeneas and the Charpentier Te Deum.  The ensemble recently recorded a CD of anthems by John Blow with New College Choir, under the direction of Robert Quinney.

James O‘Donnell, Organist and Master of the Choristers of Westminster Abbey accepted the invitation to become Music Director of St. James‘ Baroque after many happy collaborations with the Abbey Choir, including the 2009 pan-European broadcast of Handel‘s Messiah on the 250th anniversary of his death.  The ensemble has also been a regular partner for the BBC Singers for many years.  During 2013 St. James‘ Baroque had the honour of opening and closing BBC Radio 3's ’Baroque Spring‘ with the Singers. 

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).