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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!

Music in the Village 2020-21 season

will commence

October 14th 

Trio Björk - classical string trio

November 25th

Lucy Russell violin & Sesi Seskir fortepiano

Beethoven violin sonatas

Here is a photo of Iain McGillivray, father of two wonderful musicians, to whom this season's premiere piece Berry Hill was dedicated.

The Fitzwilliam String Quartet gave a sensational and deeply moving performance for the last Music in the Village concert March 18th.  None who were there, will every forget it.  Listening to their reading of Shostakovich quartet no. 12 was a profound experience for  the dark times in which we live.



The April 22nd concert is CANCELLED.

Apologies to all who were looking forward to seeing the marvelous recorder ensemble, Palisander.

Son et Lumiére on June 19th will go ahead          

if the coronavirus crisis permits.