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Peter McCarthy - violone player

Welcome to my website!  

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

May 4th  at 7.30 pm

St. James' Baroque & BBC Singers at Milton Court in an all Handel programme!


May 15th at 7pm                                         Westminster Abbey Choir & St. James' Baroque directed by James O'Donnell

at Westminster Abbey.  Music by Purcell and Charpentier.  Part of the London Festival of Baroque Music.

PHOTO Paul Tucker

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



My edition of the Capuzzi double bass concerto edition is available for free use on IMSLP.  

You can find the preface on this website on the Lectures page .  

A concise note for composers writing new music

for old instruments is now also on my lectures

page; during the 20th century many myths and misunderstandings have arisen - high time to

dispel them.


London Viols                                                               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.

Anna Alcock is Artist in Residence for the Music in the Village 2017-18 season.

For twenty four years, I was the bass player for the English Concert.  In 2003 I volunteered myself to manage the ensemble too and ended up running it for twelve years.  Be careful what you volunteer for!

Amici Voices                    


I spent Wednesday morning last week examining performance material for the Messiah, gifted by Handel to the Foundling Hospital.  Many thanks to the Foundling Museum for their kindness - if you haven't been, I really recommend a visit!