Peter McCarthy

Peter McCarthy - violone player

Welcome to my website!  

I play a variety of different bass (and double bass) string instruments.  

London Viols start rehearsing this month.  It was just so exciting to get everyone together.  Still busy collecting enough viols.


Paul Tucker took some fab pictures of us rehearsing.

I particularly like one moment he caught: going wrong for the third time in the same place I jumped up and shouted "I resign".  Nobody argued.

PHOTO Paul Tucker

I play violone and violone grosso, sometimes large bass violin,  for St James' Baroque.  In 2003 I volunteered myself to manage the ensemble too and ended up running it for 12 years.  Be careful what you volunteer for!


For twenty four years, I was the bass player for the English Concert.  


In 2002 I started a concert series in Walthamstow, London E17 - 'Music in the Village'.




Since I wrote my lecture on tuning trends for the International Society of Bassists 2009, Joelle Morton and Bettina Hoffman have made some important observations about my interpretation of some old sources.  Revising that lecture is now a task that better go to the head of the queue!


PHOTO Paul Tucker