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Peter McCarthy - violone player

Welcome to my website!  

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

PHOTO Paul Tucker

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



On my 'LECTURES' page you can find a concise note for composers who are writing new music for old instruments.


PHOTO Paul Tucker

For St James' Baroque  I play violone and violone grosso, and sometimes large bass violin.

Here are London Viols, a group I decided to start in 2016, rehearsing at St. Michael and All Angels in Walthamstow, London E17.

The Swedish nyckelharpa is my latest passion!  If it didn't already exist, we would have to invent it.

For twenty four years, I was the bass player for the English Concert.  In 2003 I volunteered myself to manage St. James' Baroque and ended up running it ever since.  Be careful what you volunteer for!

More concerts in Music in the Village:

The Fitzwilliam String Quartet

Wednesday March 18th

Wolf, Mozart and Shostakovich

Palisander (virtuosic recorder quartet)

Wednesday April 22nd

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble!

Next up, for Music in the Village

Wednesday February 26th - Gail Hennessy and Friends with a beautiful programme of baroque music, featuring alto singer Helen Charlston.

London Viols are playing at St. Mary Church in Boxford,  Suffolk CO10 5DU at 6pm, Sunday March  15th with the lovely singers of Psalmody, directed by Peter Holman

Heartfelt and profound music with viols from the 17th century.  Music by Charpentier, Schütz and Buxtehude, Geist, Johann Christoph Bach, Dumont, Praetorius and Euatach du Caurroy.